Hong Kong S.A.R:
Nearly 2,800 visitors attended last week’s 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.
Asian Card summit (Photo: Business Wire)
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 Economicand InformationTechnology 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,
Trb 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 Awards 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, Trub, 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
27-28 March 2013
9.30am to 5.30pm
Hong Kong – AsiaWorld-Expo
For trade visitors only
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CARTES in Asia is a regional Exhibition for the APAC market and a
high-level Congress covering digital security and smart technologies.
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 is now organised in Asia and 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.
The next CARTES take place in Paris 6-8 November 2012.
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CRED Communications Ltd