Abstracts: July 10th, 2002

This report by Logica and Teleconomy argues that Government has a vital role to play in driving UK smart card adoption. The UK public are more prepared to supply personal details for use in public sector smart card schemes than for corporate initiatives. And when it comes to an “all-in-one” card, half the UK population find it appealing, especially if the Government is involved. The growing use of smart cards gives organisations the ability to store large quantities of information about a consumer or citizen. The research shows that, at first, the convenience of an “all-in-one” card is appealing, but the research revealed that this was displaced by concern as potential abuses and threat of loss came to the fore. The majority of those surveyed approved of the conceptual benefits of a joined-up card.The report is available from http://www.Hewson.co.uk