Amdahl Corp. said it has created a SmartCard Technology Institute.

The institute, part of the business unit that Amdahl calls the SmartCard Group, will sponsor educational programs for financial services, retailing, transportation, telecommunications, insurance, and government representatives.

The first forum is scheduled for Toronto in March. Duncan Brown, director of the technology research firm Ovum Inc., and Catherine Johnston, president of the Advanced Card Technology Association in Canada, are among the speakers.

Other sessions are to follow in New York, Washington, and San Francisco.

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