Feeds

TfL shelves Oyster e-money

Reconsiders 'uneconomical' plan

Top three mobile application threats

Transport for London (TfL) has taken a step backwards in its plans to extend the use of the Oyster smart card to payments in shops.

A TfL spokesperson told Government Computing News that it has decided it is "not economical" to carry on with the plan it has followed over the past year.

In July of last year it announced a shortlist of potential partners with which it would discuss the possibilities of adding new services to the Oyster card. These could include using the card – currently used to prepay for travel - at parking machines or paying for low value items at news agents, supermarkets and fast food outlets.

Its discussions have since led it to believe it has to reconsider the plan, as it could not fully define the procurement.

"No one in Britain has done it before, and we did not know what exactly to procure," the spokesperson said. "We've cancelled the notice in OJEU that said we were looking for a partner, but we are still interested in getting it up and running.

"It may be that someone comes to us or it may be that we ourselves have an idea on how we can do it."

There is no timetable for further developing the idea, and the spokesperson said that, as the Oyster card was originally developed to pay for travel, the change in plan would not affect the economic structure of the scheme.

This article was originally published at Kablenet.

Kablenet's GC weekly is a free email newsletter covering the latest news and analysis of public sector technology. To register click here.

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
Intel sees 'signs of improvement in the PC business' but earnings remain 'Meh...'
Prospects for the future, however, please Wall Street money men
What's a right pain in the ASCII for IBM? Its own leech-like hardware biz
Keep your eyes on our cloud while we remove this pesky thing, say execs
Oracle's Larry Ellison has the MOST MASSIVE PACKAGE IN PUBLIC
Billionaire IT baron earns twice as much as the next in line, Disney chief Bob Iger
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.