NEW YORK - The Smart Card Alliance plans to conduct a survey to measure smart card use in the United States and Canada, the group said this week.

The alliance, a nonprofit multi-industry association with more than 185 member firms, has hired KPMG LLP, the consulting company, to do the survey work, which will try to gauge shipments of smart cards made in 1999, 2000, and 2001. KPMG plans to ask the top 10 smart card manufacturers supplying the U.S. and Canadian markets to report on shipments according to 10 specific industry categories, such as wireless, financial, and retail.

A follow-up survey covering the last half of 2001 will be made in the first quarter of 2002.

"What we're doing is establishing a benchmark," said Bill Randle, the alliance's chairman.

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