telecommunications, banking, and other companies promoting an interoperability standard for smart cards, said it will work closely with an international conference sponsor to promote educational programs and information-sharing.

The conference company, AiC Worldwide, sponsors World Card Series trade shows on every continent. The Global Chipcard Alliance relationship was officially inaugurated in September at Cards Australia in Sydney.

"Over the last several years, GCA has participated in and endorsed individual AiC Card Series events," said David Anastasi, the alliance's president and chief executive officer. The group came to regard the conferences and related educational media as "an excellent vehicle to promote its messages and reach key industry players," he said.

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