About the Alliance : Overview

Smart Card Alliance Latin America (SCALA)

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association, working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology. Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America.

The Smart Card Alliance Latin America (SCALA) is a Chapter organization of the Smart Card Alliance that is focused to serve the Latin American region. The SCALA organization develops its own membership fees, councils, conferences, and activities. The Latin American chapter organization is lead by an executive committee elected by the SCALA advisory board. In order to participate in the Latin American Alliance activities, membership is required.

History of the Smart Card Alliance

The Alliance was established in 2001 through the merger of the Smart Card Industry Association and the Smart Card Forum to accelerate the widespread adoption, usage, and application of smart card technology by bringing together leading users and technologists from both the public and private sectors in an open forum to address industry issues and create new opportunities for all.

History of the Latin America Chapter

The Smart Card Alliance extended its programs internationally with the Latin America Chapter. Established in July 2005, the Latin America Chapter known as, “SCALA” began developing tri-lingual educational programs (English, Spanish, and Portuguese), regional market studies, conferences, webinars, online resources, newsletters, media publications, and industry outreach to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and application of smart cards in Latin America. The organization has expanded its reach outside of the card to cover all form factors with an embedded circuit chip.


The Smart Card Alliance membership includes a mix of over 200 U.S., Latin American, and international organizations covering the full spectrum of chip manufacturers, card suppliers, integrators, consultants, evaluators, end users, and government institutions. These are leading organizations in the financial services, corporate enterprise, telecommunications, mobile, healthcare, retail, security, transportation industries, computer technology and entertainment, as well as a number of government agencies. The Alliance brings together leading users and technologists from both the public and private sectors to promote innovative thought and business opportunities for all. Membership is open to anyone focusing resources and energy on the use of smart cards and related technologies.

The Alliance brings together the most active technology segments, including card manufacturing and
Services, suppliers of chips (microprocessor, contactless chips), cards, readers, application
software/middleware, PKI, card personalization, testing, biometrics, and integration services.

Smart Card Alliance Latin America Priorities

The four main priorities of the Alliance are: