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The award winning team behind the hugely successful Infosecurity Europe
Show have today announced (9 July 2001) the launch of SmartSolvexpo 2002
- the smart solutions and applications event for the UK. The event will
be held at Olympia 2, London from 23-25 April 2002 and will run
alongside Infosecurity Europe 2002. SmartSolvexpo 2002 has been launched
after extensive research has shown that the market for smart card
solutions in the UK is now approaching a period of phenomenal growth.


At this year's Infosecurity Europe, 21% of the 7098 visitors expressed a
desire to find out more about smart card applications. Studies from
leading research agencies such as Gartner Dataquest report that the
surge for smart solutions is just beginning. In 2000 598m smart cards
were issued and this market is predicted to expand at a compound annual
growth rate of 32% over the next four years, clearly confirming the need
for a high profile solutions focused event for the UK smart card market.


SmartSolvexpo 2002 will also run alongside the highly regarded Advanced
Card Awards 2002, the world's leading awards programme for the smart
card industry. Now into its fourth successful year, the Advanced Card
Awards 2002 will be presented on 23rd April 2002. Advanced Card Awards
Managing Director Jane Adams is also author of the 7th edition of
Elsevier Advanced Technology's "The Smart Card Report", which will be
published in August 2001. "The Report shows that in market sectors such
as banking, with the EMV rollout, and GSM, the UK is one of the world's
leading markets for smart cards," comments Jane Adams. "SmartSolvexpo
2002 and the Advanced Card Awards 2002 together will play a valuable
role in growing the value of the UK market across all application
sectors of the smart card industry."


Frédéric Engel - Marketing Director of ActivCard and sponsor of
SmartSolvexpo 2002 says "The UK corporate market is now smart card ready
with the infrastructure in place to adopt smart solutions and
applications. SmartSolvexpo will contribute to an acceleration in the
take-up of the digital identity-enabled, smart card-based e-business
market."


Tamar Beck - Exhibition Director for SmartSolvexpo 2002 says "Reed
Exhibitions are very excited about SmartSolvexpo as our extensive market
research has shown that the market is truly ready for a UK event focused
at the corporate and public sectors who are ready to invest in smart
card applications and solutions. We have risen to the challenge in take
up of smart solutions by designing an event which provides an
interactive platform for the smart card industry to inform, educate and
most importantly do business with end-users from outside the "card
industry" who have applications for smart technology. The event
combines an exhibition with a high quality seminar and keynote programme
focusing on current and future issues surrounding smart solutions and
applications. The enthusiasm of the exhibitors, who are keen to get
involved in the show, proves that the UK market has at last come of
age."


Exhibitors will include smart card manufacturers, distributors, system
integrators and back-end software application developers. With 10
months to go before the show opens Reed Exhibitions already have a
strong list of founder exhibitors including ActivCard, Orga, Oberthur
Card Systems and media sponsors such as Elsevier Advanced Technology who
publish Card Technology Today and C&M publications who publish Loyalty,
Transaction and Card World.


The show is aimed at corporate and public sector decision-makers who are
looking for ways to deploy smart card applications in the financial
sector, telecoms, transport, travel, retail, leisure, healthcare,
government, utilities, corporations, e-business and new media markets.


For further information about the show contact Richard Burgess on 020
8910 7983 or Claire Sellick on 020 8910 7718. For further information
about the Advanced Card Awards call Jane Adams on 0207 226 9841.



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