10 Reasons to Join
Ten Reasons to Join Smartex
- How much of retail and transport services will contactless EMV penetrate, and when?
- How will the explosive growth of IoT affect our market, and will it be MNO-led?
- Smart cards could soon be superseded by mobile NFC: but how and when?
- Could alternatives to NFC, such as 2D Barcodes, BLE or iBeacon become dominant?
- Why is there no clear national strategy for commercial public transport payment systems?
- Will the new breed of challenger banks threaten existing schemes and banks?
- Who will win in the emerging micropayment, e-payment, prepaid and m-payment worlds?
- Who will win the m-wallet wars, and is there really a future for m-wallets?
- Will smart ticketing and payment interoperability give ITSO a true national role in public transport?
- Will smart campus schemes migrate to NFC or adopt biometrics?
Smartex Forums debate and seek answers to these and other pressing, highly topical issues.
Be part of the largest network of smart associations in the world.
Since 1993, 530 of our sector-specific meetings have attracted some 16,750 delegate-days of attendance, with over 1,900 specialist speakers covering the entire spectrum of smart cards, the smartphone revolution, IoT, biometrics, RFID tags, wearables and related technologies as applied to the main smart market areas. With so many new technologies, applications and form factors on the near horizon, it’s hard to understand or even imagine our industry without Smartex meetings and networking.
Several of our Forums have become sector-specific, especially for transport ticketing and payment, for University and College smart campus schemes, and for the FinTech market. The newest Forum, IoTA, addresses the huge emerging opportunities relating to the little-understood Internet of Things. From 2017 we are widening the scope of our Near Field Club to include eID and its relationship with mobiles, and will rebrand this as MIDAS (Mobile ID Association).
During 2016, some 550 different individuals attended our 21 meetings, representing 298 organizations. Worldwide membership, covering our affiliated associations in Asia Pacific and Central Eastern Europe, exceeds 220 companies from all parts of our industry. Networking, and doing business with fellow members and other delegates, not only in the UK but also through our affiliated Forums overseas, is therefore yet another real benefit of membership.
Annual membership fees, which have not risen for several years, can be as low as £1,100 - for 4 full-day attendances and a wide range of other useful services - which makes £950+ for a one-day public conference look pretty expensive. Can you afford not to be part of this influential group at the heart of these fast-moving and volatile technologies so vital in the new e- and m-worlds?