About the Alliance : Mission

SCALA Mission

SCALA is helping to lead a social movement for the transformation of society from electronic to digital, guided by market leaders involved in transforming different vertical market segments in becoming more efficient. This transformation is linked to a differentiated mind set on the use of emerging digital technologies and their social impact and our responsibility to improve these market segments.

To further explain this concept, below are descriptions that differentiate each of these two movements.

Electronic vs. Digital

Single Application Devices VS. Multi-Application Device
Proprietary Interoperable
Limited use Convergent
Accessible in one market segment Accessible anywhere & at any time


Areas where we are helping lead this digital transformation:

Open Frictionless Payments:

Universal Identity:

Open Frictionless Payment Methods:

SCALA, through the use of existing open standards, promoting their use in new applications helps to drive convergence in different market segments through the incorporation of emerging digital secure technologies. These innovative technologies can become tools to expand efficiencies, financial inclusion, or increase the access to digital payments.

Key Areas of Focus:

The incorporation of different form factors of digital technologies utilizing EMV, an open standard, to issue and accept payment cards in the public transportation systems, allowing populations to gain access to financial services and new payment technologies.

Please read our white paper, “Considerations for the Development of Open Payments in Public Transportation Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean,” on the minimum requirements of American Express, MasterCard, and Visa Inc. for transportation.

Establishing the minimum requirements for the use of biometrics as a form of authentication to conduct payments. The variation in biometrics systems, methods of authentication, and types of biometrics may create challenges in the interoperability and the facilitation of payment systems. SCALA will provide the recommendations to help ensure that this technology is appropriately used to guarantee privacy and security in the payment process.

The substitution of sensitive data elements such as bank accounts and user information with non-sensitive equivalent to guarantee transaction security and user privacy. This process in payments helps to reduce the risk of conducting online transactions, as well as an important tool for mobile and other methods of payments.

Helping to establish strong authentication for access to online services, conduct online transaction, signature of digital documents, which guarantee the integrity of data elements, confidentiality, and origin of information generated can be used to helps to improve financial payment services. For EMV to co-exist with digital signature it is important to understand their related roles in the ecosystem.

3-D Secure (3DS) specification that supports app-based authentication, e-commerce and digital wallets. This initiative has been developed and supported by EMVCo.

Identity systems are becoming more complex, requiring the incorporation of different security features and applications that expand the functionalities and benefits to their users. In order, to incorporate payments on identity credentials, open platforms and interoperability play an important role to ensure these identities are deployed successfully.

Mission leader

The Payments council

How to get involved: http://www.sca-la.org/membership-information/application/

Universal Identity:

The right to have an identity is considered by the United Nations as a basic human right. This means governments have obligations to provide their citizens with unique identities that can be verifiable, guaranteeing their fundamental rights and origin independent of their physical location.

In order to guarantee these fundamental human rights, governments must be able to access tools that are able to verify electronically the person, their origin, and identity. It must also provide the ability for traceability, meaning that the country of origin can help persuade others of insuring their universal rights.

Key Areas of Focus:

By providing the tools and specifications that would allow the universal interoperability of identity systems, reducing the dependency of proprietary systems, help the integration among different agencies to validate information, benefits, and services, driving government efficiencies and collaboration with other sectors.

The process of developing, through cryptography, a credential derived from an original that holds similar rights, privileges, and features, which could be used for authentication of an identity. These derived identity credentials can be placed in different digital secure devices and may be used for different functions. SCALA is working with industry leaders to help define these best practices of this innovative technology.

The process of issuing an identity credential directly on a mobile. This is a complex process that requires issuers to follow direct industry best practices to ensure accuracy, security and required features to ensure acceptance. There are several ways to store, authenticate, and validate mobile identity credentials in related digital secure technologies and SCALA is leading this discussion.

Helping to understand the benefits, applications, and opportunities for the development of e-government services, digital interactions with citizens, companies, and other government, as well as the necessary tools for strong authentication to ensure that governments function efficiently, transparent, and accountable.

Helps utilize identity tools to create convergence with different vertical markets that require identity verification and strong authentication. Also provides the capabilities to expand from a single application digital devices to multiple applications, functions, and capability devices.

Mission leader

The Identity Council

How to get involved: http://www.sca-la.org/membership-information/application/

Digital Center of Excellence – CED:

A training center for the development of industry professionals and market leader on emerging digital technologies, that provides both theoretical and practical training to reduce the risk of the implementations of digital secure technologies through education, best practices, and the expansion of innovation. It also provides a pathway to enter the industry or become a recognized expert in one of the affected areas digital technologies.

The Digital Center is Excellence is joint effort with the National Bureau of Science, Technology and Innovation – SENACYT, The City of Knowledge, and SCALA, who are working together to expand the knowledge, awareness, and innovative use of digital secure technologies. The result is a strong educational and training component that helps academic organizations bridge the knowledge gap necessary for today’s digital world.

Key areas of Focus:

Digital secure technologies have driven related industries to maintain relevance through the development efficiency in their markets, which require qualified professionals with the knowledge, leadership capabilities, good understanding of components, and an innovative personality to guide them through these evolving technologies and markets. It is important that these professionals can have a place to openly discuss market trends, develop new concepts, and be identified as experts of this sector.

It our vision that the best professionals to help nations and markets expand their knowledge and awareness of the value, benefits, and opportunities of digital technologies are those that have achieved proficiency in theoretical and practical training. The high levels of understanding of these technologies, their functionalities, and capabilities may help to drive their innovative use and applications.

Mission leader

The CED Council

How to get involved: Coming soon

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