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26 Mar 2012

CARTES in Asia smart technology exhibition & conference opens this week

Two day conference & exhibition features Asian Card Summit and Asian SESAMES Awards

Over 110 exhibitors and more than 70 speakers from across the world will converge at CARTES in Asia this week to showcase and discuss hot topics including NFC & Contactless applications, E-transactions & E-banking, Mobile payments, ID and Government Security, RFID and the Internet of Things. More than 3,000 decision makers from the banking, telecom, retail, transportation and security sectors from Asia Pacific are expected to attend CARTES in Asia exhibition and conference on 28 and 29 March 2012 at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong.

The Asian Card Summit will kick start the conference and at 10.00 am on 28 March and feature a discussion by six top-executives from Gemalto, Oberthur Technologies, China Union Pay, Eurosmart, Ingenico and Watchdata on smart card trends and forecasts. Directly after the Summit the Winner of The Asian SESAMES Award will be revealed. The SESAMES rewards the most innovative product or application developed for the Asian Pacific market in the field of smart cards, digital security, identification, secure transactions, and contactless technology. Finalists include GO-TRUST, Oberthur Technologies, KEOLABS, Smart Packaging Solutions and Watchdata Technologies.  The first day will finish with a cocktail event for exhibitors and visitors to network and do business in a relaxed atmosphere.

Exhibitors from mainland China, Hong Kong, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand,  UAE, United Kingdom and the US are due to participate in the exhibition. 

Mainland China company Watchdata will be showcasing their breakthrough NFC solution, SIMpass-SC, which provides one of the most elegant, practical and cost-effective ways to deploy contactless mobile payment technology in existing mobile phone handsets. Watchdata develop innovative electronic payment methods for public transportation, telecom, banking, financial services and mobile payment technologies.

Germany’s Atlantic Zeiser plan to showcase its high productivity smart card personalisation solutions for ID Cards, Prepaid Cards, Debit Cards and other types of financial cards, Gift Cards, Multi-voucher scratch cards or lottery applications.

French company Keynectis will be showcasing its IT security software that provides enterprises and governments with software and services for authentication and electronic signature ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of documents of probative and legal value.

Isabelle Alfano, Director of CARTES events, Comexposium, said: “The CARTES exhibitions and conferences now take place three times a year in three separate locations.  Earlier this month we completed a highly successful inaugural show in North America and in November we will hold CARTES in Paris for the 27th year.  This week Hong Kong will become the hub for the third year for local and international smart technology experts to meet and discuss trends in the smart technology industry. With a strong focus on Asia Pacific, CARTES in Asia promises to deliver a compelling and interesting event. ”

About CARTES in Asia


28-29 March 2012

Opening times:

9.30am to 5.30pm


Hong Kong – AsiaWorld-Expo





For trade visitors only

CARTES in Asia is a regional Exhibition for the APAC market and a high-level Congress covering digital security and smart technologies.
The 2nd edition of CARTES in Asia exhibition and conference attracted 3,056 visitors from 61 countries – an increase of 8% compared to 2010. Over 120 smart technology companies from across the globe including market leaders American Express, Datacard, Evolis, Gemalto, HID Global, Inside Secure, STMicroelectronics, Watchdata, and Zebra Technologies joined the event. While organisations such as Global Platform, Mastercard, SIM Alliance, Paypal and Price Waterhouse Coopers presented at the co-located two day conference.

CARTES Network
CARTES Network
 encompasses the leading international and regional exhibitions and conferences devoted to smart technologies. From its beginning in Paris in 1985, CARTES has grown to become the world number one Security and Payment event. Since 2010,CARTES exhibitions and conferences have also been organized in Asia and now North America.

CARTES events are organized by COMEXPOSIUM, the leading French professional trade fairs organizer, offering a high level of service and premium quality standards for exhibitors and visitors.

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