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SPF Membership

Membership of the Smartex Group of Forums, which includes the Smart Payments Forum, is by annual subscription payable in advance. The annual membership fee starts at £1,100 + VAT for 4 man-day attendance per year.  For a membership application form, please visit Smartex Membership Information.

Aims and Objectives
To provide a neutral forum for:

  • The exchange of information and best practice as well as learning
  • Networking and interaction with key industry colleagues
  • Developing industry thinking on issues such as standards

Member Services

  • Attendance at 4 main SPF meetings
  • Receipt of e-procurement-related news updates
  • Receipt of all meeting presentation materials and meeting minutes
  • Membership of SPF Working Groups
  • Access to member contact details
  • Hot-line support from SPF offices

Member Benefits

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the payments' industry and players
  • Learn best practice and gain from the experience of industry leaders
  • See and learn about new industry developments
  • Meet and network regularly in an un-pressured, non-sales environment
  • Participate in the debate on the development of the industry
  • Gain from others' experience through case studies

2011/12 Planned Meeting Topics

The SPF, guided by a Steering Group of representative members, plans to address the following general topic areas through its quarterly meetings and dedicated web area:

  • Payment types
    • e-Payments; m-Payments; Internet payments; Micropayments; EMV payments; Prepaid payments; B2B payments; P2P payments
  • New products and services and product evolution
    • Commercial payment card innovations; Future of EMV and Chip&PIN; Evolution of contactless-enabled EMV payments; Effect of new payment methods on traditional payment schemes; The relative importance of, and approaches to, cheque replacement in consumer and corporate markets; Future requirements and capabilities for payment terminals and systems
  • New stakeholders in the payments game
    • Google, Facebook, PayPal, Apple, etc.; New local players; Do traditional payments have a future?
  • Selecting appropriate payment types
    • Purchasing cards vs. prepaid cards; Fuel cards, Gift cards, Meeting cards, etc.; Airlines, hotels, car rental, etc.
  • Payment processes
    • Payment aggregation; Payment settlement and clearing; Trends in payment addendum data: type of data needed (level 2, 3 and bespoke data fields) and industry demand; Cross-border and cross-currency payments; e-Invoicing and automated reconciliation; e-Procurement and its integration into the P2P value chain; Smart data online card management systems; KYC, OTP and fuzzy logic; Trusted identity for Internet commerce (cf. NSTIC initiative in USA); Drivers for implementing payment hubs; Card and accounting systems
  • Security and fraud
    • Payment authentication; Chip&PIN terminal security; Payment-related fraud and counter-fraud methods and measures; Security standards; PCI-DSS; The relevance and importance of anonymity; Combating CNP fraud
  • Regulatory regimes and standards
    • Data protection; E-money; European Payments Council; Messaging standards; Privacy regulations and concerns
  • Case studies
    • Fraud detection and prevention; Product and service feedback from scheme operators/end users; Overseas and global card scheme geography and ambitions
  • Sundry
    • Financial business case and funding issues/solutions for a scheme; US EMV business case; Card personalisation and issuance: approaches and suppliers; The pros and cons of a cashless society; Addressing and satisfying customer needs; Linking social with personal finance experiences; Pricing models for payments including interchange levels; Global interoperability, or local solutions?