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GlobalPlatform Announces Further Card Specification Training Sessions in 2009

13 August 2009 – In response to strong market demand, GlobalPlatform has announced that it will host four additional one-day card specification training sessions before the end of 2009. To be held in conjunction with forthcoming key global industry events, the sessions will educate delegates on the benefits of adopting open and interoperable specifications for smart card deployments.

GlobalPlatform’s decision to host these new card training events follows the successful delivery of sessions in Vienna, Austria and San Francisco, USA earlier this year. The four new training days have been scheduled for:

  • 21 and 22 September 2009 in Sophia Antipolis, France. Both a government and mobile UICC GlobalPlatform Card Technology Training session will be delivered respectively to align with Smart Event 2009.
  • 27 October 2009 in Washington DC, US. A government-focused training program will be offered alongside Smart Card Alliance’s Smart Cards in Government Conference.
  • 17 November 2009 in Paris , France . A mobile UICC-focused training session will be held in conjunction with Cartes & IDentification.

Delivered by GlobalPlatform certified trainers, the sessions will provide delegates with a working knowledge of the association’s royalty-free technology, and will be tailored to meet the requirements of the intended audience at each industry gathering.

Kevin Gillick, Executive Director of GlobalPlatform, comments: “GlobalPlatform has invested considerable resources in the development of the GlobalPlatform Card Specification Training Program, and we are delighted with the positive feedback and demand for further sessions.

“Open to all interested parties, the interactive sessions offer detailed instruction on applying GlobalPlatform’s card technology within the government sector and mobile UICC deployments. All sessions will cover the same criteria, such as an introduction to GlobalPlatform’s ‘core’ Card Specifications and an insight into forthcoming technical releases, before focusing on the needs of attending delegates. For example, the government sessions offer insight into GlobalPlatform’s relevance to large scale ID deployments and alignment with international and regional standards, while the mobile workshop will explore GlobalPlatform’s UICC Configuration - a technical guide which outlines a common and neutral environment to facilitate the secure delivery over-the-air of new and creative mobile services to consumers.”

Kevin concludes: “There are only a limited number of places available on these sessions to ensure a dynamic learning environment so we encourage interested parties to register promptly.”

The cost of the training session is US $995 for GlobalPlatform members and US $1,495 for non-members. Further discounts are available to Smart Card Alliance members and EMVCo subscribers. To view further information on GlobalPlatform’s open training session or to register your attendance, please visit:

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GlobalPlatform is the world leader in smart card infrastructure development. Its proven technical specifications for cards, devices and systems are regarded as the industry standard for achieving interoperable, sustainable and flexible smart card deployments that support multi-application, multi-actor and multi-business model implementations.

GlobalPlatform is a member driven association with cross-industry representation from all world continents. As of October 2008, an estimated 305.7 million GlobalPlatform-based smart cards had been deployed globally and an additional two billion mid range USIM/SIM cards worldwide are estimated to use GlobalPlatform card technology to enable over-the-air (OTA) application downloads for 3G and GSM mobile networks.

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