Smart cards, the high-tech plastic cards with embedded microchips for data storage, are gaining acceptance for identity verification, cash-free payments, health-care data storage, and, oh yeah, meetings. Not surprisingly, tech companies have been the first adopters. Maritz Travel Co., for example, which began offering swipe-card applications for conferences as long as five years ago, says tech company user conferences and large field and channel partner events make up 60 percent to 65 ...

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