CARTES Network

CARTES Network encompasses international and regional exhibitions and conferences devoted to secure solutions/technologies for payment, identification and mobility. It was created in 1985 in Paris.
Since 2010, CARTES exhibitions and conferences have been organized in Asia and are now returning to North America.

These shows are organized by Comexposium, one of the biggest exhibition and business meeting organizer in France.


CARTES Secure Connexions Event in Paris is an international event dedicated to secure solutions for payment, identification and mobility. It brings together about 430 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors every year. It takes place every year at Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center located in the North of Paris.
CARTES Paris combines a trade show, 140 conferences and the SESAMES Awards competition, which honors the most innovative projects in the fields of smart cards, digital security, identification, secure transactions and contactless technologies.

Products and equipment

  • Manufacturing equipment (machines, encryption and secure printing techniques)
  • Integrated Circuits
  • Other electronic components and modules
  • Materials and consumables
  • Test equipment
  • IT security equipment
  • Personal secure devices
  • Secure infrastructure devices
  • Accessories

Trusted services & solutions

  • Semiconductor solutions
  • Microcircuits (licences, intellectual property and development tools)
  • OS & applications (cards &terminals)
  • Test
  • Card manufacturing
  • IT security services
  • Platforms & Managed services

The Visitors

CARTES visitors are mainly decision makers who come from 143 countries.

Top 10 nationalities:

  1. France
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Germany
  4. Belgium
  5. U.S.A
  6. Russia
  7. Italy
  8. the Netherlands
  9. Spain
  10. Brazil

Source: Tech-Event statistics for CARTES 2012

A Congress

A cycle of 140 conferences is organized alongside the exhibition to enable professionals to discuss their work, get trained and anticipate market changes. The World Card Summit opens conference session with a round table discussion.

The SESAMES Awards

Every year, the SESAMES Awards reward the top technological innovations in the field of smart cards, digital security, identification, secure transactions, and contactless technologies. The Ceremony is held the night before the opening of the exhibition.

The best projects in 10 categories receive a prize:

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Identification/ID Card/Health
  • IT Security
  • Transportation
  • Banking / Retail / Loyalty
  • Trusted Internet/authentication
  • Mobility
  • E-transactions
  • Manufacturing & tests

Since 2012, the Special Dicovery Prize awards the most innovative Start-up company.


Located in Hong Kong, CARTES Asia, Secure Connexions Event, is an annual business event dedicated to secure solutions for payment, identification and mobility in the growing Asian market. Created in 2010, CARTES Asia gathers about 120 exhibitors and 3000 visitors. It combines a trade show, about 72 conferences and the Asian SESAMES Awards competition. Most of the visitors come from China and other Asian countries

The Asian SESAMES Awards

The Asian SESAMES Awards aim to reward the most innovative technological applications developed for the Asian Pacific market in the field of smart cards, digital security, identification, secure transactions, and contactless technologies.

They reward the best projects in 3 categories:

  • Card technology, manufacturing, personalization
  • Hardware
  • Software and applications

CARTES America

Created in 2012, The American edition of CARTES includes a conference program and an exhibition. It was designed to promote smart technologies in the North American market. The exhibition brings together 140 exhibitors and 2200 attendees (mostly from North American countries). The 70 conference sessions enable people to learn and discuss market trends. It takes place at the Mirage, a Resort in Las Vegas.

CARTES Network key figures

  • 650 exhibitors from 45 countries
  • 2 500 participants conference attendees et 25 000 visitors from 150 countries
  • 350 international speakers

Next events


Office de Justification des Statistiques:
CARTES 2012 statistics
Tech-Event statistics

External links

Site Internet :
Blog :
Twitter : _cartes
Linked In : Groupe CARTES Events
Youtube : CARTESChannel

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