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 2017.  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 AND 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:

  • Linking eID and mobiles
  • Biometrics on mobile (for phone access or transaction authentication)
  • Mobile channels for authentication (using SMS)
  • 2nd factor authentication
  • Using NFC/BLE tokens for access control - could include event tickets, rail tickets
  • Payment authentication (coupled with tokenization, NFC)
  • Mobile identity fraud
  • Using open standards
  • FIDO on mobiles
  • Blockchain identity
  • Mobile passport
  • Mobile driving licence
  • NFC security methodologies and challenges
  • SE form factors: HCE, TEE, SD card, SE in SIM, SE in handset, SE in powered sticker
  • Mobile wallet wars
  • NFC: The Apple predicament
  • Related standards and regulations
  • 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:

  • New innovations in commercial payments
    • Cross-border payments; e-Invoicing; e-Procurement; GPS eProcurement Card Framework
  • Data protection and the various e-money regulations and the impact of PSD2
    • The impact of mPoS
    • The coming invisibility of payments
    • The role of loyalty schemes
  • New innovations in consumer payments
    • Tokenisation
    • Alternative and disruptive payments
  • The impact of challenger banks and the future of the schemes
  • E-payments
    • Internet payments; m-payments; micropayments; Paypal; EMV, cEMV & Chip&PIN
    • Mobile wallets: ubiquity, universality or fragmented competition?
  • New stakeholders in the payments game: Amazon and other strategies
  • The future for Purchasing Cards, Prepaid cards, fuel cards, meeting cards, gift cards etc.
  • Developments in Central & Local Government banking and payments
  • Card personalisation and issuance in a mobile world
  • Security, authentication and fraud
  • 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
  • Monitoring of initiatives and plans for commercial smart ticketing and payment
  • Smart ticketing and payments for rail and bus
  • Developing effective Real-Time-Information systems
  • Overview of smart technology for air and sea travel
  • 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
  • Updates on the progress of the ITSO specification and of ITSO Limited activities
  • 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 Northern regional schemes
  • Improving the whole-journey experience with smart technology
  • Assessment of winners and losers in the transport contactless payment arena
  • Are beacons going to happen in transport?
  • Will the future bring a national account-based central system for transport payments?
  • 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
  • TCF17: Birmingham likely location for annual two-day regional conference and 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 card issuance processes and procedures
  • 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?
  • The business and financial cases and plans for introducing cashless campus routines
  • Presentations by e-payment system providers: open or closed-loop?
  • 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
  • HESCA17: Cardiff likely location for annual two-day regional conference and 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 IoTA website area and its launch
  • Completion of the ‘dating service’ on the website, to promote collaboration and alliances between the different service providers within the IoT spectrum
  • 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 be evaluated and endorsed
    • 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
    • IoTA17: Cambridge likely location for a new annual two-day regional conference and exhibition.

    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.