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GlobalPlatform Hosts Government and E-Id Smart Card Panel Discussion at Cartes 2006

On Thursday 9 November 2006, GlobalPlatform, the international smart cards standard body, is to deliver a full day panel discussion on technical and business convergence of e-ID (electronic identity) and government smart card initiatives across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Endorsed by Cartes 2006 and integrated into the conference schedule, the interactive session will be held at Paris-Nord Villepinte, Paris’ Exhibition Centre in France.

Aimed at those involved in implementing a government or e-ID smart card program, the session will provide delegates with knowledge of existing GlobalPlatform standardized technology and an understanding of how it meets the increasing demands on government smart card programs to achieve a trusted infrastructure. Technical updates will also be provided by leading industry bodies including Japan’s Next Generation IC Card System Study Group (NICSS), USA’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and The Global Collaboration Forum.

A diverse range of engaging real-life case studies will demonstrate to the audience current and evolving business activities within the e-ID and government smart card arena. The European Citizen Card, The Austrian Social Security “e-Card”, and the US Department of Defense Personal Identity Verification (PIV) program are just some of the implementations to be presented by knowledgeable individuals close to those implementations.

To ensure a truly interactive session, GlobalPlatform’s Executive Director, Kevin Gillick, will conclude the day by moderating an open discussion encouraging delegates to ask questions regarding the technology and business presentations showcased.

Bob Beer, GlobalPlatform Chairman and Vice President of Business Development at Datacard Group, comments: “GlobalPlatform’s recently published Card Specification v2.2 defines for the ID marketplace the means to integrate Public Key Infrastructure capabilities into government and e-ID programs. This, amongst other features, ensures delivery of the trust structure required to achieve electronic business communication synergy and the potential for governments and the private sector to offer citizens multiple services, via one identity card.

“GlobalPlatform worked with some outstanding organizations to ensure Card Specification v2.2 not only comprises the many functionalities required by the sector, but that the technology also offers high security in a cost-effective manner. We believe that Cartes 2006 provides the ideal environment to share this knowledge and raise awareness of the technology available today.”

The one-day panel discussion will be held in Hall 5, room 504, at Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre from 09:00 – 17:00. The session is free to all registered delegates of the Cartes exhibition. For further information, and to view the full agenda, please visit


For media passes to the session and further information on GlobalPlatform, please contact Lee’ann Connell at iseepr: T: +44 (0) 113 274 5252 / E:

Notes to Editors:

About GlobalPlatform

GlobalPlatform is a member driven organization with world-wide cross-industry representation. GlobalPlatform is the leading, international association, focused on establishing and maintaining interoperable specifications for single and multi-application smart cards, acceptance devices and systems infrastructure that deliver benefits to issuers, service providers and technology suppliers.

These specifications are known as the standard for smart card infrastructure, thanks to their balance of technical superiority and business justification.

GlobalPlatform specifications are freely available and have been adopted in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia by many public and private bodies. Currently, there are over 40 GlobalPlatform-based smart card implementations world-wide and approximately 100 million GlobalPlatform smart cards and more than 1 billion GSM implementations worldwide.

GlobalPlatform is an independent, not-for-profit organization and its strategy is defined and prioritized by a Board of Directors. GlobalPlatform is currently chaired by Robert E. Beer, Vice President Business Development, Datacard Group, and vice-chaired by Marc Kekicheff, Vice President Product Technology, Visa International. Kevin Gillick serves the membership on a full-time basis as its Executive Director.

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