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  • TCF

    The 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 TCF” Mel Pashley, Ecebs “The TCF 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

  • 2019 Meetings


    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 and the devolved administrations 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
    • Smart and mobile ticketing and payment on National Rail
    • Exposing relevant technical issues and proposed solutions, for example for bus exit reading & ungated train stations
    • Using tokenisation technology to improve security
    • Pay-As-You-Go in urban areas – multi modal, multi operator, capping
    • 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, why and what of TfN, and its interaction with 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?
    • QR code deployment is growing, especially in Rail – what is their future role?
    • Case studies from UK LA-controlled and commercial smart transport scheme operators
    • Case studies from overseas smart transport initiatives
    • What do different groups of passengers want?
    • Inclusion of “adjacent modes”: parking, taxi, bike hire, Demand Responsive Transport
    • The impact of good deployment and staff training
    • Commercial exploitation of transport data
    • The ongoing impact of changes in legislation and regulation
    • Ridership trends and strategies/tactics to address
    • The fate of small operators
    • Relevant global macro trends in transport
    • Impact of “disruptive players”: Google, Amazon, Apple…
    • TCF19: Bristol is the location for our annual two-day regional conference & exhibition


    Meeting Agendas and Dates

    • For 2019 meeting dates and agendas please click here.
  • The TCF Virtual Event

    Smarter technologies for transport during and post COVID-19

    Wednesday, 4th November AND Thursday, 5th November 2020





    Wednesday, 4th November

    SESSION 1: Smarter transport operators

    10.30-10.35am: Welcome and introduction – Richard Poynder, Smartex and Simon Ardron, Department for Transport

    10.35-10.50am: How mobile technology can boost passenger confidence in transport safety – Tom Quay, Passenger
    10.50-11.00am: Q&A

    11.00-11.20am: Integrating capacity management during the pandemic & beyond – Chris Thompson, You. Smart. Thing. and David Williams, Transport for Wales
    11.20-11.30am: Q&A

    11.30-11.50am: Regional update – Alison Pilling & Jeremy Acklam, Transport for the North
    11.50-12.00pm: Q&A

    12.00-12.15pm: Midlands-wide travel card plans – Michael Wevill, Transport for West Midlands and Bharat Pathania, Midlands Connect
    12.15-12.30pm: Q&A and General Discussion

    SESSION 2: Innovative products and services in smart transport

    2.00-2.05pm: Welcome and introduction – Richard Poynder, Smartex and Simon Ardron, Department for Transport

    2.05-2.25pm: Getting passengers back on board – Darcy Harmer-Manning, Flowbird Transport Intelligence (TCF20 Overall Event Sponsor)
    2.25-2.35pm: Q&A

    2.35-2.50pm: ITSO on mobile – Michael Moir, Ottanta
    2.50-3.00pm: Q&A

    3.00-3.15pm: Multi-operator, single solution: Making mobile work for all – Carl Partridge, UrbanThings
    3.15-3.25pm: Q&A

    3.25-3.35pm: mango goes mobile: rapid deployment of ABT on mobile – Tom Morgan, trentbarton

    35-3.50pm: BODS, Buses and Butterflies – John Clarfelt, Ticketer
    3.50-4.00pm: Q&A and General Discussion

    Thursday, 5th November

    SESSION 3: Where are we going?

    10.30-10.35am: Welcome and introduction – Richard Poynder, Smartex and Simon Ardron, Department for Transport

    10.35-10.50am: The future of bus travel – Patrick Warner, Brighton & Hove Buses
    10.50-11.00am: Q&A

    11.00-11.20am: The future of rail travel – Chris Perry, KPMG and John Backway, Southeastern Railway
    11.20-11.30am: Q&A

    11.30-11.50am: The future of car travel – Trevor Crotch-Harvey, Fenbrook Consulting and Tom Buck, SWARCO
    11.50-11.55am: Q&A

    11.55-12.15pm: What do customers really want? – Felicity Heathcote-Marcz, Atkins Global
    12.15-12.30pm: Q&A and General Discussion

    SESSION 4: What solutions will service providers offer?

    2.00-2.05pm: Welcome and introduction – Richard Poynder, Smartex

    2.05-2.20pm: Future ticketing trends – Manfred Troll, Scheidt & Bachmann (TCF20 Sponsor)
    2.20-2.25pm: Q&A

    2.25-2.40pm: Accelerating the deployment of ABT on mobile - Paula Dauncey, ACT, a Fujitsu Company (TCF20 Sponsor)

    2.40-2.45pm: Q&A

    2.45-3.00pm: Ticketing solutions for everyone – Minesh Vandra, TransMach Systems (TCF20 Sponsor)
    3.00-3.05pm: Q&A

    3.05-3.20pm: Advice, Assistance and the Authority to Travel - Melvin Mayes, JourneyRight (TCF20 Sponsor)
    3.20-3.25pm: Q&A

    3.25-3.40pm: How biometric identity can support inclusive travel – Simon Binns, FinGo (TCF20 Sponsor)
    3.40-4.00: Q&A and General Discussion


    Thursday, 5th November


    If you have any questions, please contact Annabel Cartwright at or call +44 (0)1440 712610 or +44 (0)7785 254405.

  • TCF News

    Updated on 17th May 2021

    Digital Identities Could Shape the Future of Aviation Travel and Security [USA]
    When we talk about Digital Identity in the context of facilitating biometric and digital-based services that increase the experience or ease of accessing a ...

    Gizza Job (Ed.)…
    Project Manager Smart Ticketing -
    View details & apply online for this Project Manager Smart Ticketing vacancy on, the UK's #1 job site

    Central Bedfordshire modernises concessionary fare claims with Transmach : ITSO
    Community transport sub-operator South Beds Dial-a-Ride, supported by ITSO member Central Bedfordshire Council, has rolled out cloud-based ticketing across its fleet, which provides rural bus services in Bedfordshire. The new electronic ticketing solution delivered by TransMach assists the operator with improving the process of concessionary fare reimbursement

    Munich Airport introduces PayPal QR Code for contactless payment
    International Airport Review
    Passengers can now pay touch-free in all Eurotrade stores and businesses at Munich Airport through the use of a contactless PayPal QR Code

    Railsbank and Plaid partner to enable companies to embed finance into their customer journey
    The Paypers
    Railsbank, a Banking-as-a-Service platform, and Plaid, an Open Finance platform, and financial data network, have partnered to enable companies and brands in the UK to embed finance into their customer journey.

    How could UWB transform transport ticketing experiences?
    Infineon Blog via iseepr
    Ticketing barriers are a pressure point in every public transport hub. Urban populations are growing, and operators and authorities need to deliver enhanced customer convenience while allowing effective crowd management. The exciting development of Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) technologies could herald the most significant passenger experience improvement in a generation.

    trentbarton welcomes national bus strategy
    In Your Area
    Contactless payments and integrated ticketing across public transport links are also being introduced. …Trentbarton managing director Jeff Counsell said: “The new strategy creates a once in a generation opportunity for us to work more closely with local authorities and stakeholders to provide faster, more reliable journey times and transform services to provide even greater value for money for our customers.

    Distancing warning as train services ramp up again
    Transport Network
    Anthony Smith, chief executive of watchdog Transport Focus, said: ‘Passengers have told us they want three main things: space on board, extra cleaning, and enforcement of face covering rules. ‘Government and the industry need to be straight with passengers that social distancing may not always be possible.

    Business Analyst - Smart Ticketing by Computer Futures in London Ref: 213508583
    You will need experience within Transport and Smart Ticketing with ITSO. Please apply with an up to date CV or get in touch with Tom Parker at ...

    Network - Courtney Connect Smartcard
    Courtney Connect Online Shop
    Network - Courtney Connect Smartcard ... Network fares are valid on all Courtney & Thames Valley operated services in Maidenhead, Windsor including ...…Whether you travel on our Bracknell & Wokingham, Maidenhead and Slough & Windsor services, you can now buy a Courtney Connect smartcard to assist your travel. No more rooting around your purse or wallet for change!
    (A bit off-piste? Ed.)

    Ticketer: Democratising technology for public transport - routeone
    Route One
    Some examples of those along the way changes include a stream of ITSO ... or group tickets on contactless purchases when a tap-model is in place.

    Why the UK needs a National Travel Smartcard (SteveChambers) - London Reconnections
    London Reconnections
    If you make it more convenient to travel, more people will. Innovations such as the Oyster card and Transport for London contactless payments increase ...

    Smart Technology Comes to London Docklands Light Railway
    PropTech company WeMaintain has signed a contract with KeolisAmey Docklands to supply smart maintenance solutions to all London Docklands ...

    New airport biometrics partnerships, tips, update and forecasts unveiled
    Biometric Update
    The Idiap Research Institute and face biometrics startup Facedapter are working on a system that could allow biometric comparisons based on images ...

    Burnham takes back control with bus franchising
    Transport Network
    Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has confirmed that he plans to implement bus franchising in the city region 'as part of plans for a joined-up and truly passenger-focused transport network'. Transport for Greater Manchester, which is part of Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) led by Mr Burnham, said the city-region will be the first outside London to have buses that are under local control, ‘allowing local leaders to set routes, frequencies, fares and tickets’.

    Masabi and Jorudan Add Popular Meiko Bus Tourist Route to Japan’s Biggest Integrated Mobile Ticketing and Journey Planning Platform
    Masabi PR
    Masabi, the company bringing Fare Payments as-a-Service to public transport and Jorudan, Japan’s leading trip planning and MaaS service, today announced that they have launched mobile ticketing with Meiko Bus, including the operator’s popular Shirahima Onsen route.

    CEN/TC 278 N 4391, Decision 007-2021 Public transport ­ Distribution APIs for MaaS
    BSI: standards development, via Chris Queree
    The TR will document these published examples (and private example where possible) of MaaS distribution APIs so that informed decisions about can be made as regards further European standardisation and/or Regulation.

    England to update bus services with a £3 billion plan involving hydrogen technology
    Government wants to introduce contactless payments on all services and create "hundreds of miles of new bus lanes." A bus travelling on roads in ...

    Renewed hopes of London-style transport smart card for North East
    Sunderland Echo
    The region's leaders were left dismayed earlier this year when the Government axed £105million of funding to install smart ticketing infrastructure ...
    (Slightly underwhelming when you read it: Ed.)

    (Smart or not? Ed.)

    Daily bus hopper tickets & contactless coming to ALL buses as part of Boris Johnson's £3billion ...
    The Sun
    Daily bus hopper tickets & contactless coming to ALL buses as part of Boris Johnson's £3billion transport revolution

    Boris Johnson unveils £3bn bus revolution in 'act of levelling up'
    Oxford Mail
    ... can use the bus as many times a day as they need, more services in the evenings and at weekends, and all buses will accept contactless payments.

    Tube cleaners refuse fingerprint clock-in - Tech Monitor
    Tech Monitor
    A new fingerprint-based clocking-in system for the London Underground staff has been met with retaliation by members of the RMT union who said the technology infringed their rights. In a ballot by the union, 98% of workers said they plan to refuse to cooperate with the new system. The cleaners will instead continue to sign in manually and by phone.

    Trainline revenues shrink by 75% as refunds and reduced traffic impact figures
    Bdaily National
    A UK travel service has today announced that its revenue shrank by nearly 75 per cent over the last year. Trainline, an online ticketing service, reported that its group revenues for its 2021 financial year dropped to £67m, a 74 per cent fall from the previous year’s £261m.

    Why Amadeus developed the industry's first integrated cloud solution for airports
    International Airport Review
    ... like contactless multi-merchant payments to be rolled out at check-in desks, ... as well as roll out new contactless passenger services in record time.

    EMR to offer the country’s first ‘Smart Kiosk’ ticket machines
    …First of its kind machines to support barcode and smart card ticketing options. The Smart Kiosk is more intuitive and user friendly making it easier to find the cheapest fares as well as including real time travel information for passengers.

    OC Transpo offers new touchless way to pay your fare [Canada]
    Scheidt & Bachmann/OC Transpo PR
    OC Transpo is launching a customer trial this afternoon for a new touchless way to pay fares using credit cards and smartphones… The trial is a partnership with Scheidt & Bachmann and will give OC Transpo one of the most advanced fare payment systems in Canada. The trial has been fast-tracked so that OC Transpo can offer customers more ways to pay their fare while reducing touch points during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    900 suspects detained with the help of Moscow Metro's face recognition system
    Modern Diplomacy
    Since the beginning of September, about 900 suspects have been detained in Moscow with the help of face recognition, said the Head of Moscow Metro’s Security Service Andrei Kichigin in an interview with The arrested people were suspected of committing serious crimes, including those related to drug trafficking, theft, causing grievous bodily harm and other violations.
    (Mmm: it’s the ‘other violations’ that worry Ed.  Like disagreeing with the ‘strong central government’ maybe.  And how did they get the biometric template for their database in the first place?)

    #Facial Recognition Pilot Project at Madrid Airport Evolves into Broader Contactless Passenger Experience
    Border Security Report
    The national airports authority AENA is part of a consortium including Iberia, Inetum, and Thales, carrying out an innovation project to find new ways to operate in the air travel industry with health measures to fight Covid-19.

    North 'will not just roll over' if transport plans are downgraded, leaders say
    Yorkshire Post
    Politicians from across the region convened for the Transport for the North (TfN) board meeting today, following the news that the body had been told by the Government not to submit its the business plan for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) ahead of a Whitehall report setting out how the scheme will link up with HS2 and other major infrastructure projects.

    Supporting operators to build back better in 2021
    Passenger PR
    Passenger are working with operators to #BuildBackBetter and be ready to welcome passengers back on board when safe to do so. Blackpool Transport's QR code integration brings new benefits to drivers and users, as part of their modernised and accessible network.

    c2c to stop Oyster card sales from ticket offices
    From the end of next month, the rail operator, c2c will stop selling Oyster cards and won’t process top-ups for existing customers through their ticket offices. Their ticket machines will still process top-ups for existing Oyster cards, but they say customers wanting a new Oyster card, will need to use other vendors such as a local newsagent or via TfL.
    (…as one of my readers commented: “Not exactly improving customer service.” Ed.)

    Smart ticketing system for the Midlands “essential part of levelling-up agenda” say MPs
    East Midlands Business Link
    MPs have urged the Government to invest in a Midlands-wide ‘tap and cap’ smart ticketing system for public transport, to boost passenger numbers, convenience and safety post-COVID-19. New research by transport body Midlands Connect, which helped to develop the plans, showed that nine out of ten people surveyed supported the scheme, while 61 per cent of respondents questioned said that having a smart ticketing system in place would make them more likely to use public transport.

    As North's smart ticketing plans are scrapped, report warns of 'lack of continuity' holding back ...
    Yorkshire Post
    But their report comes as TfN prepares to close its £150m smart ticketing programme designed to create a London-style 'pay as you go' transport system

    £20m Oyster-style smart card system could be linking Midlands transport as early as 2022
    Business Live
    The Government is being urged to pump £20 million into a new contactless travel card which would allow people to travel across the whole of the ... …MPs have now joined Midlands Connect in calling on the Government to invest in what they call a Midlands-wide “tap and cap” ticketing system which would allow people to travel seamlessly across the whole region, paying for journeys via one smart device, mobile phone or credit card.
    (Save money: buy a cheap oyster from TfL – they don’t want theirs… Ed.)

    From yesterday’s Smartexpress…(Ed.)
    Suspending Contactless Payments for Get Me There Smartcards - Warringtons Own Buses
    Warringtons Own Buses
    With immediate effect, we are suspending contactless payments for the Get Me There 7 Day Anybus smartcard ticket on our buses. Along with other ...
    Two readers kindly provided their views to Ed. on this type of fraud:
    In response to the first item, it may be that the card readers on the buses cannot go online, so that criminals can use cards that would be rejected or require a PIN at POS.
    Stolen bank cards are being used to purchase the ITSO products on bus, using contactless payment to buy the product. The ITSO card would then be sold on in order to fund criminal activity. Get me there cards are being used, as are other operator’s ITSO cards and … it is happening across the country. With feedback from the bus operators, TfGM and other operators are hot listing these cards to prevent further use.

    Railfuture pitches flexiseasons 'for 2021'
    Transport Network
    The Railfuture group said the ticket will be needed when larger numbers of people return to workplaces, with many likely to keep working at home for some of the week. It has suggested a mid-2021 launch date. To meet the needs of the ‘hybrid worker’, it has proposed a flexible ticket providing 10 single journeys - effectively five returns - to be used within two weeks and priced the same as a weekly season ticket.

    Contactless pay-as-you-go plans for trains and buses set to be scrapped
    Contactless pay-as-you-go plans for trains and buses set to be scrapped. Transport for the North proposes winding down its 'smart ticketing' project.

    Contactless Payments on Blackpool Transport Buses
    Visit Blackpool
    Contactless payment has arrived at Blackpool Transport and wraps up a number of years of investment totalling more than £20m in Blackpool's bus ...

    Liberal Democrats call for a radical shake-up of Scotland's transport system
    A Scotland-wide smart card system for all forms of transport. Allowing regional transport partnerships control over the development and promotion of ...
    (Then it shall be so: Ed.)

    Suspending Contactless Payments for Get Me There Smartcards - Warringtons Own Buses
    Warringtons Own Buses
    With immediate effect, we are suspending contactless payments for the Get Me There 7 Day Anybus smartcard ticket on our buses. Along with other ...
    (Anyone know what type of fraud this is? Oblig-Ed.)

    Transport m-Ticketing usage rises 200%, reports UrbanThings
    UrbanThings PR
    …Released in a new white paper discussing the future of public transport and smart cities, UrbanThings presented their mobile ticketing sales and app usage throughout 2020 to demonstrate how COVID-19 has acted as a catalyst for smart travel. Carl Partridge, CEO of UrbanThings, explained,

    Unicard HOPS aboard Scotland's free travel scheme
    Transport Network
    Transport Scotland has selected Unicard’s central back-office solution to manage both commercial journeys and the Scottish National Concessionary Travel Scheme. Unicard, a provider of smart ticketing and payment solutions to the public transport sector, said its Host Operator Processing System (HOPS) transport data management system securely processes all smart transactions and supports all ITSO accredited smart ticketing schemes. A Transport Scotland spokesman told Transport Network that it is a four-year contract valued at £1.7m, with the option of a further two years at a total cost of £2.3m.

    End of the line for smart ticketing across the North
    The Business Desk
    Transport for the North will meet next week to agree the closure of its planned £150m smart ticketing programme after the Department for Transport (DfT) slashed the organisation’s funding. The regional transport body learned last month that its funding from Government would be much lower than for this year and would not cover the costs of its plans. This put its smart ticketing ambitions in jeopardy and TfN’s board will now meet next week to approve the closure of its Integrated and Smart Travel (IST) programme.

    Experts discuss pandemic shifting of airport biometrics emphasis, as new implementations unveiled
    Biometric Update
    The adoption of airport biometrics is unlikely to be slowed by the pandemic, experts from Aruba and Vision-Box suggested during the Border Security Conference, and investments appear to be confirming that analysis. SITA is rolling out its Smart Path biometrics in Bahrain, Telos has extended a contract with Philadelphia International and Genetec has won one in Singapore.

    Road Restriction Alerts
    Ticketer PR
    Ticketer’s Road Restriction feature alerts drivers when they are in the vicinity of a road with restricted access that cannot be accommodated by the vehicle the driver is currently driving. Using the latest dataset of restricted roads across the UK, together with dimensions of the vehicles, the ETM can detect when the bus is approaching any restricted roads and warn the driver via a visible and audible alert.

    Snowdonia National Park Authority receives backing for efforts to solve parking problems
    ... for Wales is now working with the authority on initiatives such as active travel routes, public transport gateways, and smart ticketing measures.

    Cubic Awarded $39 Million Contract to Provide Equipment for New York Metropolitan ...
    Yahoo Finance
    …Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division was awarded a contract option worth $39 million by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to upgrade the fare payment system for Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad.

    Pittsburgh's Port Authority, Masabi and Transit app Launch First Phase of ‘Ready2Ride™’ Mobile Ticketing System
    Masabi PR
    Port Authority of Allegheny County, in partnership with Transit and Masabi, the company bringing Fare Payments-as-a-Service to public transit, today announced the launch of the first phase of the new Ready2Ride™ mobile ticketing system with a three-month pilot

    American Airlines Passengers Can Upload COVID-19 Test Results to New Health Passport Before ...
    Launched in January, the carrier partnered with biometric authentication provider VeriFLY to give travelers a streamlined experience, keeping all their ...

    Academy Bus Launches SilverPass Mobile App to Make Trip Planning and Paying Easier and Safer for Riders During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond [USA]
    Masabi PR
    Academy Bus, the nation’s largest privately-owned ground transportation company, announced today that it has launched SilverPass, its first mobile device application. The app will offer complete mobile-based route planning, pay and ride capabilities for Academy’s daily commuter routes between New York City and destinations throughout New Jersey.

    JJ Kavanagh & Sons introduce Contactless Payments on all services
    Fleet Transport
    Kilkenny headquartered J.J. Kavanagh & Sons has introduced Contactless Payment Technology on-board all of its services across the passenger ...

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  • January 2019.

    Three WGs have been set up:

    WG27 - Smart Integration for Whole Journeys

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    WG29 - Maximising the Value of PT-Generated Data

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