Ramping Up for an Eventful CARTES

Next week, I will be joining several of my MasterCard colleagues at the CARTES & IDentification expo at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre in France.

There, senior members of the MasterCard team will be presenting to delegates and leading debates in a number of topical areas. For example, my talk on Tuesday 15th November will be looking at “Expanding the Opportunities in Mobile Money” and I will be referring to our new research work as a guide to mapping the areas offering most potential for growth across Europe. MasterCard also plans to make several news announcements, and will have a very active booth (number 3F022) where we’ll be showcasing some exciting technologies and innovations.

This year, MasterCard has commissioned two research projects specifically for CARTES.  The first has been developed in partnership with the Future Foundation think tank.  The study, titled “The Future of Payments,” will examine what is coming over the horizon for consumers in terms of payment security, mobile, cards, cash and online transactions.

The second study will examine how tech-savvy European consumers are when it comes to new and emerging ways to pay. The research will compare data from eight different countries, looking at how disposed different nations are to engage with mobile payments, e-commerce, contactless and credit/debit cards. We are calling it the “MasterCard European Tech-Nation Poll,” and we think it will be a fascinating insight into where the strongest opportunities exist for the payments sector.

Everything in the payments sector is moving with unprecedented speed. CARTES gives us all a chance to stand back, share experiences and learn about the latest thinking and trends, as well as seeing the newest technologies in the payment area. I look forward to seeing you there and sharing MasterCard’s thinking on this dynamic landscape, either in person or by following the conversation on our CARTES microsite.