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Electronics Today, India’s first Techno-Economic Electronics Monthly Journal, has spearheaded smart card Revolution in India since 1997, when, for the first time in the country, it organised an International Conference on Smart Card Technology and Applications in Mumbai, followed by a similar conference in Bangalore in 1998. Prior to 1997, there was hardly any smart card application in India, except SIM card in Mobile phones. SmartCards Expo, launched in 1999 has further accelerated the applications of smart card technology for diversified applications.
SmartCards Expo was later joined by RFIDIndia Expo in 2005, BiometricsIndia Expo (2007), e-Payments India Expo and Mobile Forum of India (2008). All these events are now co-located events.
India has seen a promising growth in all these technology applications during last few years. Smart card applications, in conjunction with mobile communications, biometrics, RFID and Payments technologies, are being implemented by the Central and State governments for several socio-economic projects worth trillion of rupees, such as: Driving license, Vehicle Registration, e-Passport, e-Governance projects like NREGA (National Rural Employment Guarantee Act), RSBY (Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana), Public Distribution System (PDS), Metro Rail Projects, Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme, Unique Identification Numbers, Banking and Financial applications, e-Payments, Mobile Payments, Loyalty, Medical Records, Transit, e-Ticketing, Toll Collection, Automatic Fare Collection and umpteen number of other applications.
According to IMARC Group, “India's market for smart cards is forecast to generate about US$ 1 billion in revenues by early 2015, a rise by 42 percent from 2011”. In view of current rate of growth in technology applications, these estimates appear to be on the lower side, yet are indicative of the Indian potential.
SmartCards Expo 2014, co-located with e-Security Expo 2014, RFidIndia Expo 2014, BiometricsIndia Expo 2014, e-PaymentsIndia Expo 2014 and India Mobile Forum 2014 will be held in Hall No.12-A, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India, on October 15-17, 2014, along with its concurrent Conferences/Workshops.
SmartCards Expo 2014, is organised by Electronics Today, India's FIRST Techno-Economics Electronics monthly journal, launched in 1968. The Journal has spearheaded Smart Card Revolution in India since 1997. SmartCards Expo, launched in 1999, further accelerated Smart Card technology applications in the country. SmartCards Expo has emerged as No.1 smart card exhibition in Asia and No. 2 in the world.
India has seen promising growth in Smart Card applications during recent years. Starting on a humble note with Pilot Projects in the mid-1990s and passing through a phase of mini projects, Smart Card applications in India have now proliferated into multiple large projects. In addition to SIM card for Mobile phones, the only smart card app in 1997, government of India has launched a number of large socio-economic projects based on smart card.
These include: Driving Licence and Vehicle Registration, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana(RSBY), Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (MGNREGA), Public Distribution System (PDS), Smart Card based Direct Cash Trasnfer for food subsidy to below poverty line persons, Metro Rail systems, Ex-Servicemen’s Contributory Health Scheme, to name a few. Major projects like National Population Register/National ID card, approved in principal by the Indian government and being implement on limited scale, if and when implemented on a full scale, would be the largest project on Earth.
China – The Partner Country
China is the Partner Country in SmartCards Expo 2014. Around 15 Chinese companies participated in SmartCards Expo 2013. The number will be much more next year. SmartCards Expo 2014 will have a special focus on Smart card applications in China, including a Round Table on “India China Business Opportunities in Smart Card, RFID and Biometric Technologies”.