New York — May 6
New technologies like those that allow you to pay with your mobile phone, or to secure your identity and personal information, will be the focus of CTST 2008 – The Americas Conference held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando on May 12-15. CTST 2008 is the largest event on payment, security and identification technologies in the Americas and will feature 120-plus speakers, 40 conference sessions and 20 hours of exhibit hall time.
The agenda features the biggest names in banking, telecommunications, enterprise IT, transit and government. Attendees can look forward to creating their own conference experience from four focused full conference tracks: Payments and Applications; Identification and Policy; Mobile and NFC (Near Field Communications); and Security & Access Control; plus two, one-day mini tracks: Emerging Technology and Innovation Spotlight, and Latin America Spotlight.
New York Times technology columnist David Pogue is bringing his rousing mix of music, wit and technological expertise to a special keynote luncheon on May 14. Pogue is one of the world's best-selling how-to authors with more than 3 million books in print. In addition to contributing a print column, online column and online video to the New York Times each week, he is also an Emmy-winning technology correspondent for CBS News, a contributor of weekly comic tech videos for CNBC and a frequent guest on NPR's “Morning Edition.”
Other conference highlights include the Latin American Spotlight, a special addition to the CTST 2008 agenda, featuring speaker panels from key smart card implementations in the region including Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela and more; the NFC and Mobile track, covering NFC technology and business models, mobile technology and wireless devices and security; discussions of new secure identification solutions in health care, enterprise and government; and examination of the convergence of contactless financial payments, NFC-enabled mobile payments and transit in major U.S. pilots.