Welcome to LASSeO : Helping to deliver Smarter, Quicker, Cheaper, Better Public Services  - using the full potential of smartmedia in conjunction with other technologies through the Smarter Services Alliance. 

The next Joint LASSeO/SCNF meeting has been postponed because of circumstances beyond our control.  It will be rescheduled as soon as possible and will focus on a discussion of the outcomes of the inaugural meeting of the Smarter Services Alliance which occurred on 11th June in London.

The Inaugural SSA meeting held on 11th of June

This was well  attended and provided very valuable input to the process of taking the new organisation forward.  The outcomes will be discussed in detail at the next LASSeO/SCNF joint meeting.

Smarter, Quicker, Cheaper, Better Public Services?

Themes for the near future....

LASSeO and the Smart Card Networking Forum have come together to create a new organisation, namely the Smarter Services Alliance (SSA).    This exciting new venture is being crafted to try to move the emphasis from technologies to solutions for those interested in providing public services.  The new alliance sets out to support people interested in providing Smarter, Quicker, Cheaper, Better Public Services.  Clearly smart media form part of these solutions but there are many others technologies out there and we are looking for innovative combinations that can be used to solve service provider problems and to make life easier for the citizen. 

This will continue to be the focus of this series of meetings along with our continuing programme of updating our documentation and publication.  



Our mission is to ensure that the full potential of smartmedia is harnessed in the delivery of public sector electronic services for the benefit of all UK citizens.

We aim to do this by defining and monitoring interoperability standards, specifications and frameworks across all platforms, issuers, services, and environments.

LASSeO assists local authorities and the wider public sector by helping to reduce the risks caused by a lack of agreed standards and specifications.

We support nationwide adoption of smartmedia standards and specifications to maximise the benefits and to encourage interoperability.  To this end, LASSeO has been highly successful in creating specifications that enable Transport applications to co-exist with Citizen, Health and Campus card functions.

With the support of leading experts from all sectors, we share knowledge, enthusiasm and experience through information-packed papers, useful links and regular meetings.


These bi-monthly meetings are usually held in London and are deliberately non-technical.  We are very keen to see representatives of the public sector getting engaged as they are the client base that we are trying to satisfy. 

You may not understand the difference between a Mifare and a DESFire card but we do.  You will understand your business problem and that is the key issue.  We have the technical understanding and the experience to help you to make the best decisions and to reduce your risk.  You just need to come along and talk to us. 

It is free!  There are no catches - LASSeO is run through widespread support from the industry and occasional project funding. Our most important desire is to get more public sector players involved in our activities and along to our meetings. 

So, if we can help you or you can help us, just make contact. 

LASSeO is building its registered user database - Anyone downloading any material from the LASSeo site is encouraged to email info@lasseo.org.uk so that we can pass on updates and other information. 

LASSeO Specifications:

The following specifications and guidance notes are available:

  • LASSeO/ITSO Desfire specifications  - see publications section
  • Guidance is available for encoding DESFire  - see publications section
  • LASSeO/ITSO Mifare 1k & 4k specifications - see publications section 
  • LASSeO specification for 8k DESFire cards - LASSeO has reviewed its specifications for DESFire cards and is happy to confirm that no changes are required to cater for 8k DESFire cards.  In order to avoid any doubt, the LASSeO DESFire specification may be applied to DESFire cards of 4k capacity and over.    


Accessibility issues:

LASSeO is heavily involved in developing and deploying standards that make it easier for all citizens to access electronic services.  It owns the rights to a product named SNAPI and has recently completed a Technology Strategy Board funded project 

LASSeO at Chiswick Accessibility standards event

LASSeO presented at the above event and produced a new SNAPI flyer.  The presentation may also be seen at http://www.cardiac-eu.org/user_interfaces/seminar.htm - click on the title of the presentationto get a PDF copy.



  • The LASSeO/Unicard TSB project to develop SNAPI to demonstrate the usefulness of this software tool in personalising the interface between citizen and machine is now complete.  For the final report see the SNAPI website www.SNAPI.org.uk or directly from TSB SNAPI Project final report 

Collaboration Nation: TSB project event featuring LASSeO & SNAPI

 Technology transfer for assistive and accessible ICT systems

 Higher and further Education

  •  Higher Education HESCA presentations from LASSeO and Smartran may be seen here

Department of Work and Pensions

  • DWP review of smartcard schemes in local authorities now available
  • A research report by RS Consulting for DWP providing an interesting trip down memory lane and an insight into a select group of LA card schemes

Where to next? 

NFC and Mobile service access: 

LASSeO is always looking forward and is presently interested in investigating the need for specifications for the public sector use of NFC/Mobile solutions for service access.   We welcome any views on this subject area and ask interested parties to contact us.

Development of ISO 7816-4 processor card specification

We are presently starting to develop a specification using ISO 7816-4 and would welcome involvement from any interested parties.   If you want to get involved please contact us.

Acceptable read ranges for cards and other media

We have become interested in acceptable read ranges for cards and other media.  We are developing a guidance note which will be published in the near future.  If you have any input to offer, please contact us.

Keep up-to-date on the latest Smartcard events and news.

 NOTE meeting of 17th June has been postponed

Next LASSeO meeting, is being rescheduled - date to be confirmed. 

The meeting originally scheduled for 17th June has had to be postponed.  It will be rescheduled as soon as possible.  The agenda is under development but will major on the outcomes of the SSA meeting of 11th June. 

SDW2014: Human ID and secure credentials Conference and exhibition: London 16-18th June

For more information visit http://www.sdw2014.com/delegate-booking/

Transport Card Forum meeting; London, 24th June 2014 

UK Regional Schemes: The Practical Experience including feedback from a number of schemes and discussion panels.  For further information contact Annabel@smartex.com

 Infineon is providing access to various presentations from May conferences in Riga:

"SECURE IDENTIFICATION"  A presentation given by Uwe Zimmermann, Marketing Manager Business Development Government ID, informs about Electronic identification cards that have evolved dramatically since its beginnings – from single purpose cards to multi-application cards serving various needs. Starting from most important need to increase the document security to prevent fraud, chip suppliers improve their products continuously by offering higher memory sizes, more performance and faster interfaces. The speech gives various implementation examples and hints on challenges.

For more information email uwe.zimermann@infineon.com

"EMV migration and fraud reduction on three case studies". A presentation given by Ursula Schilling, Director Business Development Payment, gives an overview about the effects of EMV migration and fraud. Three case studies of well-developed EMV markets are included with some specific fraud behaviour influenced by cultural, geographical and technological characteristic. Learn more about how to install a successful EMV eco system combining EMV card infrastructure with contactless Mobile Payment.

For more information email ursula.schilling@infineon.com