by Jane Rosenstein – Edited by Harold Dill
(Paris, France November 4-6, 2014) – The theme for the 29 the edition of Cartes Secure Connexions which took place in Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, France was “users on the move.” Isabelle Alfano, exhibit director, welcomed those in attendence at the Sesames Awards ceremony the evening before to visit Cartes.
From the exhibits to the conferences Cartes was just amazing because it showcased the new innovations and technologies for better perfomance, security, and mobility.
In 2014, Cartes was attended by 20,077 visitors of which 71% were international.
10% from the Americas, 40% from Europe with 29% from France, 10% from Asia, and 11% from Africa/Middle East. There were 450 exhibitors from 50 countries.
The three main sectors were card manufacturing, personalization and services, mobile payment, processing and acquiring, identification and data protection.
Although there were 120 conferences, I found visiting the booths more interesting.
I visited Keypasco’s booth . The companyspecializes in European secure authentication for new product innovation.
It is predicted that there will be a $6 billion market for mobile services. Please visit www.keypasco.com for additional information.
Cryptomotic, a Danish company, uses cryptotechnology for digital signatures. Their clientbase includes American Express, First Data, Barclay’s Worldwide and Lloyds Bank. AllBritish passports use cryptotecholgy.
We met Paloma Valdés from Enigmedia at Sesames. This Spanish company states “In a world where all information can be compromised privacy becomes a privilege.” I think it becomes a necessity. Paul Rubens, BBC News technology reporter, declared 2014 the yearof encryption. The key to their encryption technology is Enigmedia’s algorithm based on theChaos Theory. Enigmedia technology features up to 66% more battery life for mobile telephones: 50% saving in data usage rate consumption; secure free calling nationally andinternationally, HD video calls indecipherable by others, verification of identity by registeredusers on each call, use of multiple devices such as smartphones, tablets, PCs and TVs with asingle license. It also enables creation of public, private, and semi-private networks.
Their product porfolio includes Enigmedia APP audio, video, secure communications, and Enigmedia Box secure communications for TVs. www.enigmediscorp.com
Yvonne Schodrowski of AdvanIDe (www. advanide.com) invited me to a soiréé at their booth.
I had the opportunity to drink some good wine and meet other attendees. I talked with Frederick Hasselkjaer-Schmidt from dz card International Ltd (www.dzcard.com). He told meis brother is a wine producer and sometimes barters for goods with using his wines. We allenjoyed the food, wine, and conversation.
Bundes Druckerei (www.bundesdruckerei.com) had a German soiree complete with German beer. The people were very hospitable and even gave out T shirts. The people I met at this soiree told me that they were very pleased with Cartes.
I noticed Barbara Thurman from Pure and Solid (www.pureandsolid.com) handling gold, silver and platinum Master Cards with special gloves. These unique cards are for a discerning clientele perhaps including those planning their space voyages. The cards were over 6 years in the making and are made of precious metal. All identification and card scheme security are superimposed on these cards.
The three Pure + Solid cards come in Euros, USD and GBP The Platninum Master Card is made from three nines
fine/Pt.999 Platinum — a metal rarer than any other metal and one of the hardest.
- Minimum 65 g;
- Maximum Balance at any given time 150,000 Euros;
Fee to buy a Platinum Card 28,690 Euros, annual card fee of 990 Euros starts 2nd year.
Gold Master Card made of 18 kt Au 720 gold which has to be hardened and calcinated at the right temperature to produce this masterpiece:
- Minimum of 46 g
- Maximum Balance at any given time 100,000 Euros
- Fee to buy a Gold Card 14,690 Euros
- Annual 690 Euros card fee starts 2nd year.
Silver Master Card made of Sterling Silver Ag 925 Silver is a relatively soft metal so Pure+Solid developed a special technique to make it durable and a unique lacquer finish that bonds witht the card.
- Minimum of 30 g
- Maximum Balance at any given time 50,000 Euros
- Fee to buy a Silver Card 1,490 Euros
- Annual card fee starts 2nd year at 390 Euros.
Each card comes with a certificate of authenticity. It takes over 10 steps to make the cards and each steps is double checked.
For corporate soutions it is possible to have either Master Card or Visa Cards have scheme brand mark, chip personalization, individual card front and bank logo.
The one workshop I went to was the Taiwan IoT Workshop organized by TAITRA Tawain
Trade Center, Paris. I was warmly welcomed by Ambassador Lu, Chi-Tao Wen, first secretary to Ambassador Lu, Julia Chen, Director of Taiwan Trade Center, and Sandrine Fdida also from The Taiwan Trade Center. First Ambassador Lu welcomed us and then used Taiwanese opera puppets to invite us to visit Taiwan.
We enjoyed listening to the presentations that followed:
Chuck Chagras told us, and the ambassador, that he likes Taiwan including the food;
Chuck Chagras is the Executive Vice President of Business Development with XAC Automation Corporation. His presentation was entitled “The Impact of ApplePay in Payment Innovation.” Mr. Shaw Wen Huang, General Manager with Mxtran Inc. gave a presentation entitled “Secure Element Product for NFC SWP Solution.”
The third presentation was presented by Mr. Tony Lin, Special Assistant to CEO, Welltrend Seliconductor entitled “Boosted NFC Card Solution – The Fastest Path to Mobile Payment.”
All presentations were presented in English with visuals and were very informative.
Isabelle Alfono ,exhibition director for Cartes and Francis Fievet-Malhebiau, press agent, did a great job with the show and organizing an excellent press room. Cartes Secure Connexions, Your Next Global Events for Payment, Identification and Mobility Cartes Asia 18-19 March 2015 Hong Kong www.cartes-asia.com and Cartes America 5-7 May 2015 Las Vegas – www.cartes-america.com
Cartes was a very interesting and informative event where I learned a lot for “users on the move.”
Jane Rosenstein is a U.S. citizen living in Paris, France. She is a professional translator/interpreter. She is the owner of The International Connection which does international marketing consultation including sales of wine, interpretation, and translation.
She enjoys the cultural life that living in Paris offers and has talents in organizing events. She speaks English, French, and Spanish. She has a B.S. degree in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.B.A. degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.