Tuesday, 19 May 2009
The first task was to elect the Chair. Steve Beecroft & Kevin Farquharson had offered to continue as Joint Chair and were elected. Steve & Kevin took over the forum lead in November 2008 to see through the re-launch of the Forum which is now largely complete. The expectation of the Core Group is that a Local Authority representative will take over the lead in due course.
With a strengthening financial position, 15 active sponsors and events planned out into 2010, the Forum is well placed to respond to the needs of a growing membership. The Forum is free for public sector and not for profit organisations to join.
One of the first new initiatives is to setup a working group to understand the implications and prepare some guidance on changes occurring in Transport. The working group will be looking at the current DfT consultation on concessionary fares, the transition from Mifare cards in December and forthcoming DfT consultation on ticketing strategy. For further information or to contribute, please check the website, follow this blog or email the firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next Forum event is a masterclass session at 10am on 17th June at the Pre-Paid 09 event. See the website for details.
Thursday, 14 May 2009
Given the levels of investment, range of applications and number of pupils and staff involved, further research may be warranted.
For more information about School and Youth applications, you can now find all the presentations and a summary in the members area.
A quick audience poll gave some interesting results:
- 100% in favour or multi-application cards
- 10% identifed with a local authority role in issuing an e-purse
- Few felt there was a synergy between ID cards and local applications
Look for details on forthcoming events. Places are going fast for masterclass at Pre-Paid 09. Go to www.scnf.org.uk.
Monday, 11 May 2009
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Saturday, 9 May 2009
During the sessions, delegates will be joined by experts in the field and have the opportunity to discuss issues and challenges in implementing these applications alongside transport and other smart card applications. The sessions will also include briefings on case studies of both EMV and e-purse applications. The objective is to help delegates discover how they could implement pre-paid in their service areas.
One of the first Local Authority pre-paid card is the Cambridgeshire G2G card (see www.g2gcard.co.uk) . This scheme has recently won an award for payment card schemes and will be one of the case studies discussed.
To attend, you only need to register on the new Forum website and send an email requesting full event details. If any commercial organisations are interested in attending, we have a discount offer for the delegate package.
Thursday, 7 May 2009
The SCNF Co-Chairs had an early meeting with the DfT team to identify some of the local initiatives which have delivered multi-application cards. We shared our impressions from recent meetings of local authorities' outlook and expectations.
When the consultation is announced, we will make members aware so you can raise questions and provide input to the DfT process. We would strongly encourage members and sponsors to engage with the consultation. We look forward to hearing the outcome of the exercise.
At our next event on 17th June, we will have a workshop session on payment cards in transport.
Kevin Farquharson & Steve Beecroft
Friday, 1 May 2009
SCNF will be inviting sponsors and industry experts at Pre-Paid to join the masterclasses.