Sunday, 20 June 2010

Once again SCNF secured free places for our members at Pre-Paid 2010. This 2 day conference covers all the bases on payment and SCNF has helped shape the public sector stream which was much improved this year. This event is now an essential fixture for anyone considering or implementing mobile, internet or contactless payment in the public sector. The highlights were numerous and included:

- SCNF requirement for pre-paid round table – see notes to be posted on website
- Bracknell Forest – still extending and enhancing its scheme after 8 years
- Croydon explaining how pre-payment for school meals has saved £750k already
- Westminster accepting card and telephone payment to save over £7m pa in costs
- Round table – steps to overcome the barriers and implement pre-paid in public sector

- Mastercard being used for payment on Liverpool buses
- sQuid service underpinning cashless catering and now ITSO travel pre-payment
- Update on Kent County scheme for making payments in personalised care
- Rollout of contactless Visa payment and Visa programmes (white label & close loop)
- LASSeO identifying the barriers to progress
- Mick Davies appealing for a payment service provider to step forward
- TfL news on acceptance of EMV by 2012 and first screening of new video
- Steve Beecroft exploring smart in football clubs which revealed there is a business case
- Industry experts discussing the future of mobile, NFC and internet payment models
- Pending e-money regulatory changes – may impact school meals and transport

This is the only UK (and possibly European) event where you learn about the latest case studies and can hear directly from Visa, Mastercard, E-Money Association, card issuers, banks, TfL, alternative payment solutions, consultants, lawyers and HM Treasury.

I hope we can contribute some success stories to an even more successful event next June. Look out for SCNF offer to members next year. If you want sight ofg outputs from this year's event, go to SCNF site or email

Kevin Farquharson
Co-Chair SCNF

SCNF Officers Elected

At the Core Group meeting on 15th June, Kevin Farquharson and Steve Beecroft were both re-elected as Co-Chair of the SCNF. Owen McLaughlin was elected Treasurer.

The CG also consider future events and agreed that links to transport cards and reward/incentives were key areas to focus on. Input would be welcome from members on future events.

Kevin Farquharson
Co-Chair SCNF

Monday, 14 June 2010

SCNF at Pre-Paid

The SCNF will hold its own session at Pre-Paid 2010 tomorrow in London, starting at 10am. Join us to discuss the latest developments in payment applications and their use with resident card schemes.

10:00am SCNF – introduction to prepaid
11.40 Fostering new partnerships and expanding the e+ smartcard
12.00 Case study: The Croydon e-Pay cashless schools project
12.30 Case study: Westminster’s pay by phone parking scheme
12.50 Panel discussion: transforming service delivery with prepaid and smartcards
Darryl Wallis, Project Manager, Hillingdon Council
Steve Pennant, Programme Lead, Connected London, London Councils
Nicola Kaye, SmartCard Programme Support Officer, Bracknell Forest Council
Kevin Farquharson, Co-Chair, SCNF
John Thornton, Director, e-ssential Resources

We will also be discussing the result from the member survey on the Mifare 4Byte UID issue.

If you not joining us a Pre-Paid, then look out for feedback and updates on the SCNF website.

Kevin Farquharson
Co-Chair SCNF