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GlobalPlatform Collaborates With Smart Card Federation of China (SCFC) To Co-host 4th China Bank Card Forum and 5th E-ID and Biometrics Forum

February 21, 2008 – GlobalPlatform, the leading international smart card specifications body has announced that it will be collaborating with the Smart Card Federation of China (SCFC) in 2008 to co-host two annual Chinese events targeted at the Asia-Pacific smart card industry: The 4 th China Bank Card Forum which will take place in Beijing on 21 March and Shanghai on 28 March and The 5 th e-ID and Biometrics Forum, which will be held in Beijing on 22 March. Both events will run in conjunction with the globally recognized China Smart Card and Smart Label (RFID) Conference and Exhibition.

The events will address the business and technical trends in two rapidly growing segments of the smart card market: payment and identity. They will provide a learning environment in which industry experts will share their experiences of real world programs, both in China and overseas, with Chinese delegates. Speakers have already been confirmed from the following GlobalPlatform member organizations: Blue Bamboo, Cassis International Pte Ltd., Colllis Information Technology, Datacard Group, EMVCo, Giesecke & Devrient and Inside Contactless. For further information on either event, please visit https://globalplatform.wpengine.com/events/china2008/conferenceinfo.asp

Kevin Gillick, Executive Director of GlobalPlatform, comments: “This collaborative effort furthers GlobalPlatform’s outreach and visibility in a region where its specifications have been broadly adopted across the financial, mobile, mobile payments, government, transit and healthcare industries. It additionally demonstrates the organization’s commitment to furthering education concerning the benefits of open and interoperable specifications and advancing deployment of its technology in a region where many of our members are based. We look forward to working closely with the Smart Card Federation of China and to welcoming delegates from many countries.”

Frank Xu, Executive Director of the Smart Card Federation of China, adds: “ China is home to a very dynamic smart card industry, with numerous deployments throughout the country and some of the world’s leading technology vendors originating from, and based, here. These events aim to showcase some of the success stories and best practice approaches adopted by regional and international industry leaders, so that others can learn from their experience. We have already secured some very compelling speakers from GlobalPlatform’s wide membership base and with GlobalPlatform’s continued support, we aim to build on the reputation of both events from past years to make the 2008 events the most successful to date.”

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About GlobalPlatform:

GlobalPlatform is the global leader in smart card infrastructure development and its proven, technical specifications for cards, devices and systems are known as the standard for smart card infrastructure. GlobalPlatform is a member driven association with cross-industry representation from all world continents. For more information about GlobalPlatform, visit: www.globalplatform.org.

About the Smart Card Federation of China

Smart Card Federation of China (SCFC) is a non-governmental and non-profit, multi-vendor and end-user society, supported by manufacturers, suppliers, institutions, organizations and individuals as well as the corporate societies etc. In the smart card industry which promotes the smart card industry and the value of its products and services while providing an independent forum to speak for the industry.

For more information about SCFC,visit: www.scfc.org.cn/index_e.php

Media Contacts:

GlobalPlatform –

Lee’ann Kaufman/Sarah Jones, iseepr, globalplatform@iseepr.co.uk, +44 113 274 5252  

Smart Card Federation of China ( SCFC ) -

Jerry Xu, card@263.net, +86 10 8586 8930 ext. 210

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