About the Alliance : Overview
Smart Card Alliance Latin America (SCALA) Overview
The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association, working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology. Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America.
The Smart Card Alliance Latin America (SCALA) is a Chapter organization of the Smart Card Alliance that is focused to serve the Latin American region. The SCALA organization develops its own membership fees, councils, conferences, and activities. The Latin American chapter organization is lead by an executive committee elected by the SCALA advisory board. In order to participate in the Latin American Alliance activities, membership is required.
History of the Smart Card Alliance
The Alliance was established in 2001 through the merger of the Smart Card Industry Association and the Smart Card Forum to accelerate the widespread adoption, usage, and application of smart card technology by bringing together leading users and technologists from both the public and private sectors in an open forum to address industry issues and create new opportunities for all.
History of the Latin America Chapter
The Smart Card Alliance extended its programs internationally with the Latin America Chapter. Established in July 2005, the Latin America Chapter known as, “SCALA” began developing tri-lingual educational programs (English, Spanish, and Portuguese), regional market studies, conferences, webinars, online resources, newsletters, media publications, and industry outreach to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and application of smart cards in Latin America. The organization has expanded its reach outside of the card to cover all form factors with an embedded circuit chip.
The Smart Card Alliance membership includes a mix of over 170 U.S., Latin American, and international organizations covering the full spectrum of chip manufacturers, card suppliers, integrators, consultants, evaluators, end users, and government institutions. These are leading organizations in the financial services, corporate enterprise, telecommunications, mobile, healthcare, retail, security, transportation industries, computer technology and entertainment, as well as a number of government agencies. The Alliance brings together leading users and technologists from both the public and private sectors to promote innovative thought and business opportunities for all. Membership is open to anyone focusing resources and energy on the use of smart cards and related technologies.
The Alliance brings together the most active technology segments, including card manufacturing and Services, suppliers of chips (microprocessor, contactless chips), cards, readers, application software/middleware, PKI, card personalization, testing, biometrics, and integration services.
Smart Card Alliance Priorities
- To serve as educational resource in business & technical information for its members and the industry effected on emerging smart card adoption issues.
- To provide a forum for cutting edge discussions and group projects that positively influence the implementation of smart technology
- To engage the members, regulators, and the industry to influence standards that are relevant to smart card adoption and implementation
- To maintain a united industry voice in public policy that affects smart card adoption and implementations
Smart Card Alliance Latin America (SCALA) Activities
Industry and Technology Councils: To accomplish its goals, the Alliance has member-driven working committees, industry, and technology councils that explore issues and define requirements in key markets or technology areas in Latin America. These groups collaborate on specific deliverables, including reports, briefings, and educational material. Active regional Councils currently include:
- SCALA Executive Committee: These are elected member officials from the Advisory Board to be their official representatives in the decision making process of the organization.
- SCALA Advisory Board: These leadership or foundation members have been selected to lead the strategy, and tactical direction of the organization.
- Financial Payments Council: To promote the understanding of the benefits of using EMV compliant smart cards in the financial sector.
- EMV Migration and Market Analysis study for Mexico & Brazil
- Government Information Exchange: To create opportunities for industry and government institutions in Latin America to exchange information on the benefits of smart card technology to improve government services. * Identity Council: (Coming Soon!)
SCALA Conferences: The Smart Card Alliance Latin America holds at least one conference per year–focusing on Payments, Government, and/or smart card technology. In addition, the organization conducts information exchange missions and scheduled industry webinars on specific topics for members and industry assist them in the development and implementation of smart card initiatives, staying informed on advances & related technologies.
White Papers in Spanish and Portuguese:
- The Importance of Testing
- Liability Shift–Coming Soon
- Identity Management Systems
- Building a Chain of Trust
- Secure Physical Access
- Logical Access Security
- Smart Cards and Parking
SCALA Educational Institutes:
- Fundamental of Smart Card technology - Online Course (Spanish)
- Banco do Rio Grande do Sur–Banrisul, EMV migration with government PKI
- The SCALA organization through its government information exchange program, monitors the Latin American government initiatives market and develops missions for these government representatives to exchange information with industry leaders and other governments about the benefits of smart technology to improve government services.
Other Alliance Activities in the U.S
Industry and Technology Councils:
- Alliance Board of Directors–Consisting of elected members representing leading organizations to drive strategic and tactical direction of the Alliance
- Contactless & Mobile Payments Council: Facilitating the adoption of contactless payments through education programs for consumers, merchants and issuers.
- Healthcare Council: Promoting the adoption of smart cards in healthcare organizations.
- Identity Council: Promoting the need for technologies, legislation and usage solutions regarding human identity information.
- Physical Access Council: Accelerating the widespread usage of smart card technology for physical access control.
- Transportation Council: Promoting the adoption of interoperable contactless smart card payment systems for transit and other transportation services.
Conferences: The Smart Card Alliance holds two conferences per year–the Smart Cards in Government Conference in the spring and the cross-industry Annual Conference in the fall–and periodic SmartTalk web seminars. These events are designed to provide information to attendees that will assist them in the development and implementation of smart card initiatives.
Educational Institute: The Educational Institute was launched in 1996 to meet the increased demand for smart card educational resources. The Educational Institute engages industry professionals to provide objective and timely educational programs on smart cards, related technologies and smart card-enabled applications. Workshops are developed and delivered at Smart Card Alliance conferences and at selected industry vertical events internationally.
The Educational Institute provides the following courses (members pay discounted rate):
- EI 101–Introduction to Smart Cards
- EI 201–Advanced Business of Smart Cards
- Card Technology Workshop
Industry Networking. The more than 500 mostly mid- to senior-level industry professionals participating in Smart Card Alliance activities represent engineering, marketing, business development, and sales for major supplier, integration and issuing organizations, creating a rich business community that fosters valuable networking opportunities. The outcome of Smart Card Alliance activities includes public policy positions, industry reports, business and implementation case studies and other deliverables focused on helping to accelerate the use of smart card technology.
Industry Reports and White Papers:
- Over 75 Industry Reports and White Papers
- Smart Card Case Studies and Implementation Profiles (December 2003)–profile of 25 smart card implementations in enterprise, government, transit, healthcare, and financial
- Corporate ID for logical and physical access implementations
- Federal Smart Card Inter-agency Advisory Board (IAB)
- Federal Smart Card Project Managers Group
- Annual Smart Cards in eGovernment Conference and Exhibition
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) seminar
- Electronic Authentication Partnership (EAP)
- Collaboration on GSA Government Smart Card Handbook
- Collaboration on Federal Identity and Credentialing Committee (FICC) Guidelines Manual
Industry Vertical Outreach
- Physical and IT Security: ISC East/West, ASIS, CSI Netsec, RSA Security, RFID World, Digital ID World
- Financial and Payments Industry: ETA, RFID Payments, NACHA Payments, Cartes
- Smart Card Alliance Latin America Chapter
- Founding member of International Network of Smart Card Associations (ISCAN)
- Cartes and IT Security, Europe’s largest conference and exposition
- eSmart, international smart card conference and government symposium
Alliance Web Site (some resources password-protected)
- The smart card industry “go to” resource, averaging 500,000 hits per month
- Online Smart Card Reader Catalog providing searchable database of reader manufacturers
- Industry news releases from member organizations accessible from the home page
- Industry contact list (members-only)
- Dozens of primers, profiles, backgrounders and resource lists
- Industry event calendar and online event registration
- Industry reports, white papers, and case studies
- Member directory with descriptions and links to Leadership Council-level members
- Minutes and research from council and task force meetings and initiatives
- Past conference speaker presentations (members only)
- Past Alliance monthly newsletters with organizational announcements and industry news
- Position statements on security threats related to smart cards
- Links to government and commercial web sites to provide additional industry information
SCALA Member Benefits
Increment Your Organization’s Visibility:
Volunteer for Speaking and Moderators Spots
a. The Alliance will help provide the audience for your organization
b. This will help potential clients get acquainted with your products & Services
Include your press-releases on the SCALA website
a. The press-release will be displayed in a members only news available to the public
b. They are also included in the SCA distribution lists both in the U.S. and Latin America
Add logos, company information, link to the SCALA website
a. Provide visitors to site to get acquainted with your company’s logo and image
b. Increase the visitors to your organizations website
c. Expand the visibility of your product & Solutions
Increase your participation & develop new activities within SCALA
a. The more you participate, the better known your organization will be recognized in the market and among your colleagues
b. Creating new activities will show initiative & innovation about your organization to develop the industry and the market.
Run for a council chair position or the Advisory Board of directors
a. These leadership roles allow you to directly influence the industry and players to guide us where you think the industry should go.
b. In a leadership position you can help the Alliance create activities that would be most effective to influence your vertical market
Create Credibility & Track record recognition:
By being part of the Smart Card Alliance Latin America (SCALA), your organization will work other organizations in the industry not only to represent themselves but the industry as a whole.
a. This means the collaborated industry promotion with your competitors expands the credibility of your message and customers trust, because the entire industry agrees with the message.
a. By nominating your organization and clients to the Outstanding Smart Card Achievement (OSCA) awards, it expands the credibility of your projects to the market and recognition of your company’s successes.
Speaking in representation of SCALA
a. This recognizes you among your peers as a credible source of impartial information and develops trust that you can represent the industry at different events.
b. Allowing you to speak for the industry embodies your organization as a trust worthy company that customer should do business with.
Access to Market Information:
By gaining access to Alliance market studies at a discounted rate, you will be able to make informed decisions on how to position your company in a high growth sustainable direction.
a. Interacting with our analyst, working with other members to collaborate the direction of the organization based on the received information provides insights to their perspective of the market.
Attending our webinars dictated by industry experts
a. Allows you to questions, review, and analyze information being received by the market.
Expand Education & Training:
a. As a member organization you receive exclusive access to industry research and information gain from SCALA conducted studies. In addition, to reducing the cost of your market research, your organization is able to discuss other industry experts on the way to position the industry based on the information gathered.
a. This program is to help users & integrators learn about the benefits of smart card and related technologies. These resources are available employees & partners to receive information about the technology, reducing your educational cost.
a. Grants access to leaders of the different vertical markets to help educate on their successful implementations, and identifies key aspects that caused it.
Training & Development Facility
a. This facility will be linked to a University to help expand the scoop of training to students, governments, and end users. This will help to published industry reports, peer reviewed articles, and expand the knowledge of the market.
Government Information Exchange:
a. By participating in this program your able to position your organization in front of industry leaders, potential users, and policy makers to help expand the knowledge and opportunities for the industry and its players.
Have someone within your organization to participate or lead a SCALA work group.
a. This provides the opportunity to display your organization as a industry leader
b. Create opportunities to network with industry colleagues
c. Approach SCA end users interested in the technology (U.S. & Latin America)
Promote SCALA as the non partisan industry voice to acquire information
a. Allows you speak on behalf of the organization
b. Open up new vertical markets that provide business opportunities
Express to end users, governments, and integrators how smart card technology can improve a clients business
Work with other SCALA members to break barrier of markets and reduce the cost investment to enter them
Promote & participate in SCALA Educational Institutes (E.I.)
a. Helps expand the markets education on technology
Expansion of business opportunities:
Add your organization’s reader to the Smart Card Alliance reader’s Catalog
b. The SCA Catalog creates an additional sales channel for your products
Add your organization’s Solutions to the products & Services Catalog
b. The SCA Catalog creates an additional sales channel for your products
Participate in SCALA conferences
c. Allows you to meet new potential clients
d. Develop potential partnership with other SCA organization to help solve client problems
Improve image of your organization in the market while advancing relationship with clients:
Develop a Case Studies on implementations
a. Your clients will appear on the SCALA website as successful examples
b. Creates a history of success, with support of the industry
c. Your cases will be distributed at SCALA events & speaking opportunities
Nominate clients to receive the OSCA-LA award
a. Your clients will receive a prize on a project you help build
b. This will promote your client, your services, and reputation as an organization
Supporting SCALA you will also be supporting:
The use and understanding of smart card technology around the region
a. Through education, webinars, conference, workgroups, white papers, & case studies
a. International Organization for Standards (ISO)
b. HSPD -12, PACS Migration, SIA Standardization, and IT
c. US-Visit, WHTI Passport cards, Registered traveler, TWIC
d. First Responder Authentication, Real ID
Public Opinion Influence:
Work with government officials to help explain the advantages of smart cards in different vertical markets to the public
The Smart Card Alliance is a non-profit industry association that can only maintain its efforts through your support and dedication to our activities in the market. We urge you to get involved in our various activities and get acquainted with what SCALA has to offer your organization.
For more information about the Smart Card Alliance, please visit the Alliance web site at http://www.smartcardalliance.org/latinamerica or contact the Alliance Latina America Chapter office via email at email@example.com or via telephone at 1-954-922-1564.