The Smart Card Alliance, the authoritative voice for the rapidly growing smart card industry, will hold its 13th annual conference at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, October 11-14, 2005 (NEW DATE!!). This premier event for North America has been expanded to cover opportunities emerging in Latin America and will showcase leaders and innovators in the use of smart cards across all industries and market segments in the Americas. Smart Cards: The Issuer and User Experience is the theme of this years conference. On the agenda are the most active and talked about initiatives for smart card use -- contactless payments in retail and transportation, government ID cards and e-passports, physical and logical access security, healthcare, mobile telecom and payments initiatives, all from the perspective of industry stakeholders. This conference is unique in bringing together technology providers, issuers and end users to interact and learn about advances and new trends that lie ahead, said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance.