Transport Card Forum
The Transport Card Forum (TCF) was established by Smartex in 1997 at the request of the UK Department for Transport (DfT). It is a membership-based association open to all who are involved professionally with transport applications of smart cards and other smart customer media within the UK. The TCF is a forum where members and delegates from the public and private sector meet for discussion and mutual education relating to smart ticketing, smart payment, journey management and reporting, and to the underlying technologies supporting such applications.
Originally established to assist in enabling the implementation of integrated transport policies as set out in the 1998 UK government Integrated Transport White Paper, its role has been updated and strengthened with the publishing in 2009 of a specific government strategy for smart and integrated ticketing on public transport in England. There have been parallel developments in Wales and Scotland. The TCF meets in plenary sessions 4 times per year. Much of its work is carried out in Working Groups which address issues of the moment and report back to the TCF, often with recommendations for the DfT to consider.
What our members say: “Everyone who’s anyone in the transport industry is a member of The Transport Card Forum.” Mel Pashley, Ecebs “The Transport Card Forum is uniquely valuable as it delivers instant access to the sector leaders and their wide-ranging knowledge. The Forum is tremendously useful for the DfT as it represents stakeholders in smart cards and in many related areas such as e-payment.” Eric Sampson, formerly Director of Vehicle Telematics, DfT
This Forum meets quarterly. Meeting subjects are selected by the TCF Steering Group. Amongst the topics and activities that we are likely to be addressing are:
- Updates from the DfT for current and proposed smart ticketing and payment strategies
- Establishment of TCF Working Groups for analysis and recommendations on topical issues
- The continuing development of mobiles for transport applications such as journey planning, ticketing, boarding cards, payment and many other useful applications for travellers
- The deployment of MaaS and its impact
- Biometric techniques for public transport applications • Account-based ticketing (ABT) and its impact
- Will the future bring a national account-based central system for transport payments?
- Monitoring of initiatives and plans for commercial smart ticketing and payment
- Developing effective Real-Time-Information systems
- Exposing relevant technical issues, for example for bus exit reading & ungated train stations
- Using tokenisation technology to improve security
- Pay-As-You-Go in urban areas
- Will tickets disappear?
- Updates on the progress of the ITSO specifications, and of ITSO for Mobiles
- cEMV contactless card technology and its evolving role in UK public transport
- Do UK transport operators really want interoperability?
- The how, where, when and what of TfN, and its impact on other regional schemes
- Improving the whole-journey experience with smart technology
- Assessment of winners and losers in the transport contactless payment arena
- Are beacons or BLE going to happen in transport?
- Why do QR codes refuse to die?
- Case studies from UK LA-controlled and commercial smart transport scheme operators
- Case studies from overseas smart transport initiatives
- TCF18: Manchester is the location for our annual two-day regional conference & exhibition
Meeting Agendas and Dates
- For 2018 meeting dates and agendas please click here.
Updated on 22nd June 2018
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Smartex’s annual two-day Conference & Exhibition for the TCF
Smart transport technology on the move
25th & 26th September 2018
Kindly supported by Transport for Greater Manchester
Following last September’s record conference with Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM) in Birmingham, we are delighted to announce TCF18, supported by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), our two-day event for 2018 which this time will have as its main theme Smart transport technology on the move.
We shall be bringing together transport operators, consultants, suppliers, cities, Local Government bodies and other industry specialists to explain, debate and understand the current status, challenges and future plans affecting the smart transport landscape, with particular focus on the North West of England.
TCF18 will be supported and enriched by our sponsors and other exhibitors, so far including ITSO (Lead sponsor), ACT, Cammax, Creditcall, ESP Group, Flowbird, Hammock, INIT, Paragon ID, Rambus, Smartran, The Hub Company, UrbanThings and Vix, who will be on hand to demonstrate and explain their latest products and services for this sector, and whose generosity permits Smartex to offer free attendance to non-member transport operators and Local Government bodies with transport schemes.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND TCF18?
- Transport Operators (FREE, terms apply, see below)
- Local Authorities (FREE, terms apply, see below)
- Product and Service Suppliers (terms apply, see below)
- Anyone with an interest in passenger transport and trends affecting the smart transport technology industry (terms apply, see below)
WHY ATTEND TCF18?
- Appreciate the fundamental shifts happening in smart public transport
- Learn from expert speakers about the emerging strategy and tactics for enhancing the quality and spread of smart transport systems in the UK
- See demonstrations of modern smart ticketing, payment and related products
- Discover the latest technologies that are revolutionising ticketing, payments and much more
- Network with senior transport industry officials
- Enjoy our legendary Smartex hospitality
OUTLINE TCF18 AGENDA
General theme: Smart transport technology on the move
TCF18 is planned to include the following main subject areas, each of which will be supported by a number of short presentations:
Tuesday, 25th September 2018
Arrivals, registration and exhibition
- Session 1: Opening statements
- Opening addresses
- Update from TfGM
- Session 2: Smart fare structures on the move
- Rail ticketing structures
- Bus ticketing structures: how are different operators handling singles, returns, day/week passes, PAYG?
Break and exhibition
- Session 3: Payments options on the move
- Card schemes vs. Apple/Amazon/Google
- White label EMV
Lunch and exhibition
- Session 4: Government on the move
- Central Government update
- Regional updates: including cross-regional interoperability
Break and exhibition
- Session 5: Case studies
Dinner at a leading Manchester restaurant
Wednesday, 26th September 2018
Arrivals and exhibition
- Session 6: Technology on the move
- Elliptic curve
Break and exhibition
- Session 7: Adding value on the move
- The last mile: Urban feeder services
- Journey planning
- Uber vs. buses
- Paperless travel: death of the ticket?
- Monetising transport data
- How Barcoding can unlock Mobility as a Service
Lunch and exhibition
- Session 8: TCF WG updates
- Updates from our three new TCF Working Groups
- Session 9: Syndicate breakout sessions and feedback
- Round table break-out topics t.b.c.
Break and exhibition close
- Session 10: Case studies
- Overseas: multi-modal transit systems in Europe
- UK: experiences to date and visions for the future
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE DEAL FOR DELEGATES?
The following will be included:
- Participation at all sessions on both days
- Access to all available presentation material
- Refreshments on arrival and throughout both days, including two buffet luncheons
- Cocktail reception
- Free Wifi access
The following are not included, and if required, must be reserved and paid for by participating delegates:
- Overnight accommodation
- Dinner on the evening of 25th September
Our informal evening cocktail reception will be held in the exhibition room on Tuesday, 25th September.
We are planning our traditional TCF18 dinner, and this will be held after the cocktail reception on Tuesday, 25th September at a nearby restaurant. Guests will be asked to pay for their own meals, and this may be done in advance with Smartex. Any particular dietary requirements or constraints should be provided to Smartex beforehand.
ATTENDANCE TERMS FOR MEMBERS
Current Smartex members with remaining attendance entitlements for a normal TCF one-day meeting may attend free-of-charge within their membership, and this event will count as one day of attendance, even if both days are attended. Sponsors will each be offered two delegate passes for the conference sessions.
ATTENDANCE TERMS FOR NON-MEMBERS
- Delegates from invited non-member transport operators and Local Authorities may attend free-of-charge for both days
- Other non-members may attend at a cost of £200 + VAT per day
To register your attendance, please complete and submit our online TCF18 registration form.
If you have any questions, or would be interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Annabel Cartwright at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)1440 712610 or +44 (0)7785 254405.
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 mobiles, but how and when?
- Which comms technologies, such as NFC, QR Barcodes, BLE or iBeacons could dominate?
- 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?
- When will biometrics supersede PINs for authentication and authorization?
- When will smart campus schemes migrate to mobiles and adopt biometrics?
Smartex Forums debate & seek answers to these and other pressing, highly topical issues.
Since 1993, over 550 of our sector-specific meetings have attracted some 17,750 delegate-days of attendance, with over 2,000 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. We constantly modify the scopes of our Forums to accommodate the ever-changing smart reality.
During 2017, some 500 different individuals attended our 21 meetings, representing nearly 300 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 fullday attendances and a wide range of other useful services - which makes £1,000+ 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?
Members have access to restricted content.
To access presentations from past meetings of our forums, click on the links below:
Delegates have access to presentations from the latest Smartex meeting.
September 2017: There are no TCF Working Groups at the moment.