Planned Meeting Topics

Smartex Forum meetings, whilst planned in advance in terms of overall themes, are designed to cover important topics of the moment, whether technical or operational.
A number of subject areas have already been identified as being relevant for consideration and debate during 2018. These are set out below, within each of our Forums. They are naturally subject to change, depending upon the status of the various market sectors at the time of the meetings.

MOBILE & IDENTITY FORUM (MIDF)

This Forum meets quarterly. Meeting subjects are selected by its Steering Group. Amongst the topics and activities that we are likely to be addressing are:

  • The assertion and ratification of digital identity and credentials through smart technology
  • Linking eID and mobiles
  • Biometrics on mobile (for phone access or transaction authentication and authorisation)
  • Mobile channels for authentication
  • Multi-factor authentication for identity and payment: regulations and reality
  • Using NFC/BLE tokens for access control
  • Using an NFC tag with an iPhone and Android for identity management
  • Mobile identity fraud
  • Using open standards
  • FIDO on mobiles
  • Blockchain: how important will it become in the mobile & ID world? • Mobile passport
  • Mobile driving licence
  • SE form factors: HCE, TEE, SD card, SE in SIM, SE in handset, SE in powered sticker
  • Mobile wallet wars: who’s winning?
  • Emerging standards and regulations for mobile & identity
  • The above will have an emphasis on UK activities but will introduce overseas sessions where relevant and important

 

SMART PAYMENTS FORUM (SPF)

This Forum meets quarterly. Meeting subjects are selected by its Steering Group. Amongst the topics and activities that we are likely to be addressing are:

  • Data protection and the various e-money regulations, and the likely impact of PSD3
    • The impact of mPoS
    • The coming invisibility of payments
    • The role of loyalty schemes
    • The impact of GDPR
  • New innovations in consumer payments
    • Tokenisation
    • Alternative and disruptive payments
  • Biometrics are coming to payments: how and when? The impact of this on the PoS
  • The impact of challenger banks and the future of the schemes
  • E-payments
    • The effects of cEMV and its use for everyday applications such as public transport
    • Mobile wallets: ubiquity, universality or fragmented competition?
  • New stakeholders in the payments game: Amazon and other strategies
  • Is Blockchain the answer for smart payments?
  • AI is becoming an essential bank tool. How will it be introduced and under what standards?
  • What is Pay by Bank and how does it work?
  • Is Banking as a Service going to be important, and how?
  • Developments in Central & Local Government banking and payments
  • Card personalisation and issuance in a mobile world
  • Security, authentication and fraud: new types of hacks and new anti-hacking solutions
  • Payment acceptance terminals: types and future

 

TRANSPORT CARD FORUM (TCF)

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

 

HIGHER EDUCATION SMART CAMPUS ASSOCIATION (HESCA)

This Forum meets quarterly. Amongst the topics and activities that we shall be addressing are:

  • Developing an effective attendance monitoring system to support a student retention strategy
  • Smart campus schemes as part of an ID Assurance programme
  • New techniques for enrolment, card issuance processes and procedures • Coping with GDPR
  • Is The Cloud relevant to smart campuses and how?
  • Us of new smart technologies such as AI and IoT
  • The potential impact of smartphones on smart campus card schemes
  • The use of biometrics in HEI/FEIs: products, software, standards and choices
  • Towards the cashless campus: products and challenges: do bank cards have a role?
  • Presentations by e-payment system providers: open or closed-loop?
  • The business and financial cases and plans for introducing cashless campus routines
  • The emerging new generation of physical access control system architectures
  • Using smart campus schemes for logical and system access control
  • Supporting innovative new functions with existing smart campus schemes
  • Case studies from UK and overseas smart campus card schemes
  • Successful strategies for card migration to a higher security form factor
  • Development of statements of best practice for HEI/FEIs
  • Development and progress of the HESCA Starter Pack for integrated supplier products
  • HESCA18: Cambridge is the location for our annual two-day regional conference & exhibition

 

INTERNET OF THINGS ASSOCIATION (IoTA)

This Forum meets quarterly. Meeting subjects are selected by the IoTA Steering Group. Amongst the topics and activities that we are likely to be addressing are:

  • Completion of the ‘dating service’ on the website, to promote collaboration and alliances between the different service providers within the IoT spectrum
  • Introduction of the IoTA Supplier Directory and its marketing to potential users
  • Funding sources and approaches
  • Gaining and disseminating a common understanding of IoT technology, applications, data protection, privacy, standards and security
  • A support group where useful IoT and associated standards can
  • Providing an environment where practitioners can discuss IoT case studies
  • A networking centre where all types of stakeholders can meet, share experiences and do business together
  • An information exchange for new IoT hardware, security, software and networking architectures and products can be exposed, discussed and understood
  • Development of a clear understanding of the various communications methods and technologies that may be used for IoT
  • Later on, an online forum to enable discussion and debate to continue outside the physical meetings

 

SMART CARD CLUB (SCC)

Amongst the topics and activities that we shall be addressing are:

  • New entrant technologies and their potential impact on the smart card market
  • Public sector and local government smart projects and plans
  • Prepaid products and projects
  • RFID tag applications and technologies
  • Emerging smart standards and other international specifications
  • Loyalty applications across retail and financial sectors
  • Case studies, including user feedback of experiences with products and services 
  • Development of the financial business case and funding issues/solutions for a scheme 
  • End-of-year summary of Smartex Forum progress and activities.