Smart Transport Workshop 7-8th March 2016
at The Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel


This is a notification by Smartex of the third of its highly successful 2-day residential workshops for those with an interest in smart ticketing and payment for UK public transport.

The educative focus of this informal and interactive event is on the technology, applications, current initiatives and likely future direction and pace of smart cards and - soon - mobile telephones, being used or planned by transport operators, local authorities and Government.  We are delighted to announce that the first day will be devoted entirely to an educative workshop for ITSO, to be led by Steve Wakeland and Michael Cuthbertson.  The second day will address the wider aspects of smart ticketing and payments for UK public transport in general, for which we are retaining several leading specialists in their respective areas.

Workshop delegates may choose to attend either or both days.

The following is a summary of the planned sessions and topics for each day:

Day 1: Monday, 7 March 2016: ITSO workshop

  • Introduction to ITSO
  • ITSO scheme components
  • Introduction to the ITSO specification
  • Security architecture
  • Testing and certification
  • Case studies
  • How to join ITSO
  • Q & A session

Day 2: Tuesday, 8 March 2016: Smart ticketing and payments workshop

  • Essentials of smart card technology, security and applications
  • The family of contactless chips
  • Contactless bank cards and their role
  • Survey of the main UK smart transport initiatives
  • The impact of NFC and mobile applications
  • The relationship between ITSO and EMV (and TfL)
  • Payment systems and the options
  • The future of payments
  • New approaches
  • An operator’s perspective

Attendees will be those with any interest in either ITSO or the technical or operational aspects of smart ticketing and payment, whether as operators, service providers, component suppliers or consultants.

The workshop caters for a wide range of participants, from novices to experts, and for both those with a technical background and those in marketing, sales or administration.

The workshop package includes all course material, online access to module presentations after the event, all refreshments, luncheons, and dinner and hotel accommodation on Tuesday night.

The package course fee options (to which VAT will be added) are:

For Smartex members:

  • Both days: £700
    • Day 1 only: £375 (Need dinner or accommodation? Ask for quote)
    • Day 2 only: £375 (Need dinner or accommodation? Ask for quote)

For non-member transport operators and local authorities:

  • Both days: £800
    • Day 1 only: £425 (Need dinner or accommodation? Ask for quote)
    • Day 2 only: £425 (Need dinner or accommodation? Ask for quote)

For other non-members:

  • Both days: £900
    • Day 1 only: £475 (Need dinner or accommodation? Ask for quote)
    • Day 2 only: £475 (Need dinner or accommodation? Ask for quote)
  • If you wish to attend both days, but do not require dinner or overnight accommodation, the above prices will be reduced accordingly
  • If you wish to attend one day only, but require dinner or overnight accommodation, the above prices will be increased accordingly

Registration formalities are easy.  If you wish to make a provisional booking for yourself or others, please call Richard Poynder on 01440 712610 or email him at  Places are strictly limited, so don't delay.

What a sample of attendees at previous workshops said:

“I learned more about ITSO by lunch time on the first day than I had in last 5 years.”

“I thought it was really useful both in terms of the presentations and of the networking.”

“…which me and my team found very useful. Covered a good combination of high level technical and commercial issues that face operators, suppliers, local authorities and government.”

“In 20 odd years of attending events of this nature I don’t recall an event where the hosts made quite such an effort to make everyone feel welcome and look after their needs.”

“I really enjoyed the event. It was so different than the various events that are far more commercial.”

“I found the event informative and I have a better understanding of ITSO as a result.”

“As I am new to the industry I found the first day in particular interesting due to the detail given on the workings & practices of ITSO, which helped me greatly at understanding what ITSO does.”

“…the organisation was as slick as I would have expected from such experienced hands.”

“Your questions / comments were insightful and very welcome. I think with such a large group it was more difficult for people to speak up and raise questions so your interjections were particularly useful. The workshop was informative, fun and thought-provoking.”

“I particularly liked the presentations from scheme implementers – no substitute for real experience; EMV vs ITSO presentation – food for thought…”

“Thanks again for a very enjoyable workshop. I thought it provided some fascinating insights and it was great to meet all the different participants…”

“Thank you to you and your team for a great, informative workshop. It was fantastic to meet some like-minded people!”

“Thanks for organising a very interesting workshop, and an enjoyable social session.”

“I’d like to thank you for the recent workshop and found it very informative with some really interesting information and perspectives from other organisations! The examples from other cities were particularly interesting, as well as visions for the future and other experiences, so I took a lot away from day 2 on this. In terms of food, drink, location etc – all v nice, and interesting to stay on campus at the university! The dinner was also good for networking and meeting others in the industry. Very enjoyable and I would recommend to others.”

Don't miss this chance to participate in our workshop, and learn more about the fast-moving world of ITSO, smart ticketing and payments.
A session at the November 2015 workshop