3,000 key players participated in smart technology platform CARTES in Asia in Hong Kong

Ratchaneekorn Mekchai - 21-mai-2012 10:30:14
Hong Kong - Nearly 2,800 visitors attended CARTES in Asia to see 115 exhibitors and 72 speakers on NFC & Contactless applications, E-transactions & E-banking, Mobile payments, ID and Government Security, RFID and the Internet of Things. CARTES in Asia smart technology exhibition and conference was held on 28 and 29 March 2012 at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong. Exhibitors from 23 countries descended on Hong Kong to showcase their applications and solutions to decision makers across Asia Pacific at the third edition of CARTES in Asia. They had the opportunity to meet 2,720 visitors from 55 countries especially Mainland China, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan from the banking & payment, security and smart cards industries. While a delegation from mainland China led by the Qingdao Economic and Information Technology Committee attended CARTES in Asia to look for solutions to implement a Smart City project in Qingdao. Exhibitor Christof Stutz, Deputy Head of Business Unit Public Sector, Trüb AG, Switzerland said: "We have exhibited at every CARTES in Asia since it was launched in 2010. We manufacture and supply polycarbonate based data pages for the Hong Kong and Macau electronic passport and since 2003 the electronic ID card for Hong Kong. Besides our government products we also showcased our EMV certified payment chip products for banking. CARTES in Asia is the perfect platform for us to grow our customer base in Asia as we can meet our existing customers and also showcase our products to potential new customers. We plan to exhibit next year as well."   The Asian Card Summit opened the co-located two day conference with an informative discussion around the Customer Centric Retail Payment Value Chain by six top-executives from Gemalto, Oberthur Technologies, China Union Pay, Ingenico and Watchdata. Directly after the Summit the winner of the Asian SESAMES Award was announced. The Asian SESAMES Award rewards the most innovative smart technology product or application developed for the Asian Pacific market. Watchdata from mainland China won the prestigious Award this year with their breakthrough NFC solution, SIMpass-SC. A spokesperson for Watchdata said: “We’re very happy to be part of an industry that provides secure, trustworthy and cost-effective solutions for our business partners and their customers. For the past five years Watchdata has been conducting research into upgrading mobile payment products and we’re very happy that this new multiple application solution invention won the award. The SIMpass-SC solution is a significant improvement in mobile payment technology, and we feel privileged to help advance the frontiers of knowledge in this market. "CARTES in Asia gives us the chance to meet many of our existing customers in Hong Kong and Asia. We were satisfied with the potential customers’ inquiries and we will attend again if we have new products to promote" added Watchdata.   Isabelle Alfano , Director of CARTES events, Comexposium, said: “Last week’s CARTES in Asia saw many new companies including China UnionPay, Ingenico and Oberthur exhibiting alongside returning exhibitors including HID Global, Trüb, Watchdata and Zebra Technologies. We also welcomed pavilions from mainland China and France presenting small and medium companies willing to develop their business in the APAC region. “The networking cocktail, sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, offered another occasion to all participants to network in a friendly atmosphere,” added Alfano. About next year’s CARTES in Asia Date:                         27-28 March 201 3 Opening times:       9.30am to 5.30pm Place:                         Hong Kong – AsiaWorld-Expo Organiser:               Comexposium Website:                                              For trade visitors only Follow us on Twitter @_cartes, and use the #cartesAsia hashtag CARTES in Asia is a regional Exhibition for the APAC market and a high-level Congress covering digital security and smart technologies. 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 are now organised in Asia and North America. CARTES events are organized by COMEXPOSIUM, the leading French profe s sional trade fairs organizer, offering a high level of service and premium quality standards for exhibitors and visitors. The next CARTES take place in Paris 6-8 November 2012.  Contact For more information , obtain photographs or to arrange interviews please contact Mandy Queen (English) at CRED Communications Ltd on +852 96847365 or email or Alisdair Chan (Chinese) on +852 96337995 or email Or contact: Regional press contact (Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia): Ms. Ratchaneekorn MEKCHAI French Trade Commission - UBIFRANCE, French Embassy in Thailand Tel: + 66 2 352 41 19 Email:

How smart and contactless technologies are changing everyone’s lives

Ratchaneekorn Mekchai - 25-févr.-2011 12:07:23
Hong Kong, 16 February 2011. Imagine a world where there are no fake goods, no one needs to carry a wallet or where cars make meals. In just afew years, smart and contactless technologies such as NFC, RFID and the ‘Internet of Things’ could make this possible.    Wallets may become a thing of the past. According to a recent (February) report sponsored by Mastercard, mobile and contactless payments will experience immense global market growth over the next five years, reaching US$680 billion and US$320 billion, respectively.In Beijing,China Unicom launched its SIMpass in January, giving the public contactless mobile payment on thousands of buses, taxis and in businesses, including the car parks, supermarkets, restaurants, pharmacies, cinemas, public telephones. SIMpass has more than two million users in more than 20 cities and provinces of China, including Beijing, Hunan and Jiangsu. In the future, fake goods may become obsolete. All products including pharmaceuticals could be tagged with RFID (radio frequency identity) chips to prevent fakes. For example garment manufacturers such as Gerry Weber already implant chips into their care labels to stop copying. In just a few years, these RFID chips will be so small that they may be used to tag all manner of products to prove authenticity.    Machines will talk to each other to make peoples’ lives easier. When people arrive home by car, the car could potentially switch on the air conditioning unit, the air conditioner could switch on the TV and microwave and so on. According to Analysys Mason, the consumer ‘Internet of Things’ will grow to almost 16 billion connectable devices worldwide by 2020. Innovations such as these and many more will be showcased and discussed at CARTES in Asia exhibition and conference on 29 – 31 March 2011 at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong. Over 170 exhibitors and more than 4,000 trade visitors are expected.   On Tuesday 29 March, 2011, the first day of CARTES in Asia, The Asian Sesames Awards will announce the most innovative smart technology application in Asia Pacific. Jury members include Frank Xu, chairman of the Smart Card Forum of China and Greg Pote, chairman of the Asia Pacific Smart Card Association. Last year’s winning product was Watchdata’s DBS Live Fresh 3-in-1 credit card that combined banking, transport and retail payments on a single chip dual interface smart card and used in Singapore.    Professionals from the fields of banking, security, IT, electronics, retail, telecoms, logistics and government who are responsible for innovation cannot afford to miss this trade show and conference.  Sources: BBC News, NFC News, Analysys Mason These topics will be covered in the following conferences: Mobile payments & financial services ( Wednesday 30 March – 10am-12.30pm)   Asian consumers as the largest mobile users are increasingly using their mobiles to pay. Smart phones are opening up new opportunities in mobile banking: NFC, payments & mobile financial services. What are the latest trends? What are the challenges to ensure security for consumers?   Chairman’s introduction: M. Sebastien TORMOS – Chairman, GlobalPlatform – USA Speakers: China Telecom Group, Watchdata, Gemalto, Sunward Telecom Convergence & Mobility ( Thursday 31 March – 2pm - 5.30pm) Whether it’s the world of identity, networks, mobility & contactless, convergence is evolving based on a more important cooperation between all the stakeholders to develop products and services with a better performance to increase the chance of success and uptake the market. This trend will be illustrated in the session.   Chairman: M. Gérard DE MOURA – Managing Director, Galitt – France Speakers: American Express, Multos International, Giesecke & Devrient, GlobalPlatform, Oberthur Technologies, RFI Global NFC & contactless applications ( Wednesday 30 March – 2pm-5.30pm) 2010 has been a good year for the take up and deployment of NFC and contactless services across the world. What types of NFC applications have to be developed to meet user’s needs? What are the technical challenges: Interoperability, multiple form factors including mobile phones? This conference will look at the many aspect of NFC development that will drive NFC adoption.   Chairman: M. Craig RICHMAN - Member, NFC Forum Speakers: DeviceFidelity, Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, Fime, Sony, Verayo   Internet of Things / M2M applications ( Thursday 31 March – 9.30am-01.00pm) Consumers and Citizens are definitively looking for more convenience and simplicity in their everyday life, with secure and personalized tools to protect their interaction with the digital world. The purpose of this conference about the Internet of Things is to look at what will be the main challenges and to anticipate what will be needed to satisfy the expectations of billions of Consumers and Citizens.   Chairman: M. Gerald SANTUCCI – Head of Unit, European Commission Speakers: CIITA, Giesecke & Devrient, Watchdata, Sierra Wireless, University of Paris Dauphine , Gemalto   CARTES in Asia is a regional Exhibition for the APAC market and a high-level Congress covering digital security and smart technologies. For its first edition in March 2010, CARTES in Asia brought together 116 exhibitors from the smart card and digital security industry and took its place among the major events dedicated to smart technologies worldwide. 2813 visitors from banks, telecoms, administration, IT security and retail sectors, had the opportunity to discover innovative technologies for card manufacturing, authentication solutions, payment solutions, mobile security and other innovative technical solutions.     25 years experience at high level, international card business events T he CARTES team organises the sector’s leading international event CARTES & IDentification in Paris which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010 with 432 exhibitors and 18,768 international visitors . CARTES has promoted smart technologies and presented the main market trends and innovations through the most appropriate forms including conferences programme, S ESAMES Awards, animation areas, specific exhibition and demonstration areas. CARTES events are organized by COMEXPOSIUM, the leading French profesional trade fairs organizer, offering a high level of service and premium quality standards for exhibitors and visitors. Strong partnerships with main regional media and associations   CARTES in Asia will benefit from the strong support of major regional associations, authorities and local development agencies to gather all the components of the smart technology value chain in the Asia Pacific region.   Contact   For more information, obtain photographs or to arrange interviews please contact Mandy Queen at CRED Communications Ltd (English media) on +852 96847365 or email and contact Otis Kung (Chinese media) on or telephone +852 96843926. About CARTES in Asia Date: 29-31 March 2011 Opening times: 29 March - 2.00pm to 5.30pm  /   30 & 31 March - 9.30am to 5.30pm Place: Hong Kong – AsiaWorld-Expo Organiser: C OMEXPOSIUM Website: For trade visitors only  
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