The Smart Card Forum represents a very diverse group of industries and government groups, many of whom have seemingly competitive interests. Is it possible that such a diverse group can work together productively?
Today, even competing entities agree that where new technologies are concerned, industry-wide efforts are required to build workable infrastructures and to develop compatible, interoperable, multi-use systems. This cannot be accomplished, on any meaningful scale, by individual players acting in their own interests. To date, the Forum has been highly successful in fostering communications across industries and the public sector and in encouraging various trials that demonstrate the viability of smart card-based payment and information systems. Moreover, membership in the Forum now exceeds one hundred and sixty organizations – a strong reflection of the value industry and government entities feel the Form provides.