The Smart Card Alliance, a multi-industry initiative that to date has concentrated on boosting EMV and smart-card adoption, has decided to expand that focus to include mobile contactless payments. The Princeton, NJ-based organization last week announced a new contactless and mobile payments council that will study and help steer standards and best practices for mobile-based proximity statements.

It’s not exactly virgin territory for the alliance. The organization has previously assigned a work group to bone up on consumer attitudes toward contactless and mobile payments.

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