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Randy Vanderhoof

The Mobile Industry: A Complicated Relationship

On cable television, there are a number of reality television programs with the word “war” in their titles. “Storage Wars,” “Parking Wars,” “Design Wars” and “Cupcake Wars” all tap into specific viewer interests. Mobile devices – namely their capabilities, features and owner expectations – elicit strong emotions in people, from consumers to industry professionals.  Now that Apple has now jumped into the payments space, I write more about the co-dependent relationships among mobile device manufacturers, network providers, merchants and payment networks – the “Mobile Wallet Wars” – in my letter in this quarter’s Smart Card Talk newsletter. We also have an update on Alliance Councils, a Member Profile on Xerox, new CSEIP recipients, and more. Thank you for your interest and support of the Smart Card Alliance. Read the complete letter.


New White Paper on Host Card Emulation

The Smart Card Alliance Mobile and NFC Council recently published a white paper on host card emulation (HCE). The white paper is an excellent educational resource on what HCE is, how it’s used, how it compares with the secure element-based card emulation approach, and what security aspects should be considered for HCE-enabled applications.

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    Latin America Chapter

    The Latin American smart card market is growing, and the Smart Card Alliance has formed a new Latin American chapter to bring together smart card suppliers, partners and customers in order to address the challenges facing smart card deployment in the region.