NEW YORK - Catherine Allen, chairman of the Smart Card Forum, will be the guest speaker Jan. 18 at the monthly meeting of the Electronic Banking Economics Society of New York.

She will discuss recent developments in smart card technology and their bearing on the banking and payments industries.

Ms. Allen, also vice president of business development and alliances in the Citicorp Technology Office, was a key organizer of the Smart Card Forum, which brings together some 150 companies in various industries to promote testing and standardization of cards with computer-chip memories.

Several major banks, MasterCard and Visa, and banking-industry vendors are among the active members.

For information on the Jan. 18 session, call 800-435-5575.

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