The Smart Card Alliance has announced a new training centre in Crystal City, Virginia. The National Centre for Advanced Payments and Identity Security will be a permanent facility for live, interactive and dynamic educational activities hosted by the Smart Card Alliance, including workshops, educational courses, briefings, symposiums, and training and certification testing for the Certified Smart Card Industry Program (CSCIP) and Certified System Engineer ICAM PACS Training and Certification Program (CSEIP).The National Centre for Advanced Payments and Identity Security is located in Crystal City, just outside of Washington D.C. at 2900 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Virginia. Educational programs will be available to both Smart Card Alliance members and non-members. For those unable to attend in-person events, certain activities will be live streamed and/or recorded, and archived as part of an online resource library hosted by the Smart Card Alliance"Education is fundamental to improving the way the industry manages security. With this new facility, the Smart Card Alliance will be able to greatly expand education and collaboration programs aimed at improving security across multiple markets and subject areas, including payment security, identity security and privacy protection, through both face-to-face and online events and assets," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance.The centre has been established through a grant from Heartland Payments Systems in support of the mission to better protect consumers' privacy, and advance the security of payments and identity through education programs on best industry practices and advances in security technology.Through its active membership composed of leading technologists and practitioners in payments, identity, government and other sectors, the Alliance currently provides a large number of educational resources examining important industry issues or implementation considerations, summarizing best practices and informing stakeholders on latest developments in secure smart card technology. The Alliance also sponsors annual industry events such as the Payments Summit, the Government Conference and the newly-established Security of Things Conference.The activities of the Smart Card Alliance Educational Institute, which conducts educational workshops at Alliance events, will now become part of the National Centre for Advanced Payments and Identity Security.