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SMI Wins Prestigious Emerging Payments Award

SMI was recently selected as the winner of the Best B2C Payments Programme category at the 12th annual Emerging Payments Association (EPA) Awards.  SMI was one of six finalists in the category,which recognizes programs that utilize tokenization to identify the payment card user and enhance their data security.

The awards ceremony was held October 3 at the InterContinental Hotel – O2 in London to celebrate 800 of the world’s leading fintech organizations and honor companies who have made significant advancements in the field.

Bo Stone, Vice President of SMI Card Services, said of the win: “smiONE™ is proud to receive the EPA’s award for Best B2C Programme.  It acknowledges our entire team’s tireless commitment to delivering exceptional customer service using the most advanced payment technology in the industry. We appreciate Galileo’s partnership and look forward to another year of ‘Going the Extra Mile’ to innovate and enhance the smiONE cardholder experience.” 

Powered by Galileo’s sophisticated processing platform, SMI develops, implements, andmanages the smiONE Visa® Prepaid Card program to disburse government payments to cardholders across the U.S.  smiONE has differentiated itself in the government payment card sector this year by introducing innovative new features:  a contactless card for“tap to pay” transactions at the Point-of-Sale, mobile wallet integration,instant digital card issuance, and mobile check load.

“We couldn’t be prouder of SMI’s success and the well-deserved recognition it received from the expert group of international judges at the Emerging Payments Awards,” added Clay Wilkes, Galileo CEO. “SMI delivers a tremendous service to state governments and their citizens, ensuring millions receive their government benefits safely and securely via the smiONE Visa Prepaid Card. It’s our pleasure to partner with SMI to power the technology that makes it happen.”

Referring to this year’s winners, EPA Judging Panel Chair John Chaplin said: “There was an incredibly high caliber of entries this year. Each category had a wealth of applicants showing real ingenuity and innovation.”

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