The Smart Card Industry Association, which represents major card and system suppliers, has formed two committees.

They are the start of what a revitalized SCIA said will be a "formal committee structure."

Gilles Lisimaque, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Gemplus, was named chairman of the security committee. James Russell, president of Russell Technology Associates, heads the other group, standards and specifications.

"As the trade association of the smart card industry, SCIA will take the lead to facilitate the adoption and use of industry standards and specifications," said Dan Cunningham, president of the association and senior vice president of Phoenix Planning and Evaluation Ltd., Rockville, Md.

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