About the Alliance : Overview

Smart Card Alliance Latin America (SCALA)

SCALASmart Card Alliance Latin America is a chapter organization of the Smart Card Alliance, a non-profit, impartial association, impacting multiple industries, which works to stimulate the use, understanding, interoperability, convergence, evolution, innovative adoptions and applications of integrated circuit card (ICC) technology in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. SCALA achieves its objectives through specific projects such as: Educational Programs, a Center of Excellence, Market Research, Case Studies, Roadmaps, Online Resources, relations with industries affected by our technology and open forums, keeping its members connected with industry leaders and innovative thought.

Smart Card Alliance serves as the single industry voice for issues related to integrated circuit cards and related components, leading the industry discussions about the impact and the added values of this technology in the Americas.

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: