Transport Card Forum to hold major event for the current status and future of smart technology for UK public transport

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Presentations confirmed from FirstGroup, National Express, Southern Railway, SWSAL, Passenger Focus and more for event in Bath: 24th and 25th September 2013

Over 100 transport industry professionals are expected to gather in Bath this September to discuss the state of play for Smart Transport, current challenges and what the future holds. Agenda topics, focusing on seamless travel and improving the travelling public’s experience, will include summaries of the current status of smart schemes in the UK, the potential future roles for ITSO, EMV contactless, SEFT, mobile technology, new services and RTI. A number of case studies will illustrate and discuss the realities of the current state of play and where things are heading.

Supported by FirstGroup/First Great Western, the two-day event will take place in The Assembly Rooms in Bath, and will combine the conference with a small exhibition. Confirmed exhibitors include Parkeon, ACT, Verifone, Vix, Ecebs, GIS, The Hub, ESP Systex, Payne Security, Access-IS, OSPT Alliance, Oberthur Technologies, NXP and Payzone.

Stuart Mclay, Retail Channel Manager for First Great Western commented: "As one of the UKs leading transport providers, First Great Western is committed to providing innovative solutions to keep people moving in these increasingly congested times. Technology has fundamentally changed the way that we travel. Not only distances covered, but in the way we access information about services and in our ability to purchase 'smart' tickets. That is why we have joined this forum. We need to work with our transport partners to share best practice, to ensure we continue to put our customers first and help communities to prosper.”

Richard Poynder, principal of Smartex (which operates the Transport Card Forum) added: “We are very excited to be able to support our TCF members by bringing together the entire spectrum of transport operators, their suppliers and other stakeholders for this annual meeting to consider where we are and where we are going with smart ticketing and payments. Seamless, single-card, multi-modal travel has taken 14 years not to happen. We now need to get a national act together that makes travelling much easier for us all.”

Further event information can be found on the site.

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