London (UK) authorities have launched the smartcard to allow citizens access to council services. The government is urging to adopt a smartcardcard for a common standard.
Authorities are planning to replace single card with smartcard. The Government is planning to introduce a single smartcard to access council services such as leisure, parking and libraries. London Connects, which works with councils, health authorities, emergency services and education bodies to develop e-government services, last week launched a vision for smartcards to allow citizens access to council services. London Connects has ordered 50,000 smartcards for early adopters of the technology and wants other boroughs to use the same standard. Kingston will introduce the smartcards to its library in March. London Connects needs to involve as many local authorities as possible to ensure economies of scale.