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Business Opportunities

The Smart Card Alliance will post requests for proposals and requests for information for projects requiring smart card technology. Please send your business opportunities to [email protected].

The Smart Card Alliance reserves the right to determine what business opportunities are posted on the Alliance web site. Responses to the business opportunities posted should be sent to the contact listed in the RFP and should not be sent to the Smart Card Alliance.

Open Business Opportunities

RFI–AFC System for Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland, AUSTRALIA

Request for Information

Department of Transport and Main Roads (TransLink Division) Queensland, Australia.

The Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is seeking information from the ticketing supplier industry about equipment and services relating to the provision of an automated fare collection (AFC) system. This information will assist TMR to further refine its requirements for the Next Generation Ticketing Project and understand the capability and capacity of the market to satisfy these requirements.

A Request for Information (RFI) document has been prepared to provide suppliers with:

In addition to existing products and services, TMR is interested in receiving information from suppliers about implementation and transition approaches as well as options for future commercial arrangements.

Details of the RFI are available at the Queensland Government’s e-tender website. To view and download the RFI, you will need to register at https://secure.publicworks.qld.gov.au/etender/index.do.

All enquiries in relation to this RFI should be addressed to Nadeem Latif, Project Director (Next Generation Ticketing) by emailing [email protected].

The above information is provided by the TransLink Division of the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).

Smart Card Alliance Request for Proposals: Training Strategy Consultant

April 30, 2014

The Smart Card Alliance has active training and certification programs, including the Certified Smart Card Industry Professionals (CSCIP) course and certification (conducted in-person at Alliance events or at corporate sites) and an online smart card fundamentals course. As a Board strategic initiative, the Alliance is looking to expand training efforts to:

Project Description

The Smart Card Alliance is seeking a consultant to develop the strategy and plan for expanded training and certification programs. The project should have the following deliverables.

The consultant will work with the Smart Card Alliance Executive Director; Director, Strategic Programs; and current CSCIP instructors during the project. It is possible that at the conclusion of project, the Alliance will solicit a new proposal for a follow-on project to manage the activities to expand the training and certification programs.

Project Timeline

It is anticipated that the project can begin by June 14 and be completed by September 1.

Proposal Content Requirements

Respondents should submit the following:

RFP Standards

RFP Responses and Questions**

Questions on this RFP should be submitted by email to:

Randy Vanderhoof, Executive Director
Smart Card Alliance
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 609-587-4208

Cathy Medich, Director, Strategic Programs
Smart Card Alliance
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 925-398-8191

Respondents must submit the proposal by email by May 12, 2014 to:

Randy Vanderhoof, Executive Director
Smart Card Alliance
Email: [email protected]

Proposals must be received by May 12, 2014. All proposals not received by that date will be returned unopened. The Smart Card Alliance will notify the consultants chosen for further consideration within 30 days after the proposal deadline, and will notify all respondents in writing of the outcome of their proposal within 30 days after the final decision is made.

Smart Card Alliance Request for Proposals: IT Consultant

April 28, 2014

Smart Card Alliance Background

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America.

The Smart Card Alliance has a growing membership and it is seeking an IT consultant with specific experience in non-profit database programs and data management to audit its databases and its functionalities, marketing communications platforms, online event management system, and Web operations to make recommendations consistent with the organization’s operational needs and goals. The consultant must be familiar with companies that operate remotely with employees throughout the U.S. and Latin America, and be comfortable working with cross-functional teams.

As a Board strategic initiative, the Alliance is looking for a consultant to fully review all of its databases and recommend best practices for the following:

Project Description

This is a contract position to evaluate multiple, existing databases and provide recommendations on options to merge into one master database for a member-based, international non-profit organization. Assist in planning, organizing and controlling database administration activities and in the development of the overall project plans and timetables. Provide technical expertise to data processing management and staff. Propose and define solutions and standards, which may impact the entire team in an effort to create a seamless, master database for membership, payments, event registration and email communications management. The consultant will assist in providing technical guidance, support and training to the database administrator and staff, based on individual needs.

The consultant will provide guidance on requesting, troubleshooting and status reports from third-party providers, and facilitate discussion of technical issues, as well as conduct communications with other team members to achieve goals.

Project Components

Phase 1

  1. Conduct thorough review current databases and systems
  2. Evaluate current Web services and resources
  3. Investigate any security issues
  4. Explore best methods to integrate various databases into one centralized platform
  5. Understand company’s data needs and goals of database
  6. Learn needs of database and understand who will be using it for a variety of purposes
  7. Investigate and audit current back-up systems and ensure they meet industry standards

Phase 2

  1. Report on best methods of integration utilizing software so data updates made in one location carry over into all others
  2. Develop and implement standards, procedures and policies regarding software and applications
  3. Ensure back-up system prevents data loss
  4. Ensure database is fully compliant with all legal requirements
  5. Ensure database management software works properly
  6. Recommend ways to make sure users can easily access database to find information they need in a quick manner
  7. Put in place a reporting function for database maintenance and clean-up
  8. Ensure network is operating properly and employees have the ability to communicate through the Internet
  9. Troubleshoot and repair database and/or system in the event of a problem or system shut-down

The consultant will work with the Smart Card Alliance Executive Director; Director, Strategic Programs; Communications Manager; third-party vendors and other service providers.

Project Timeline

It is anticipated that the project can begin on or about June 15, 2014 and will be completed on or about September 15, 2014. It is also a possibility that the consultant will remain on a monthly retainer or as-needed basis.

Project Work

Requirements and Skills

Proposal Content Requirements

Respondents should submit the following:

RFP Standards

RFP Responses and Questions

Respondents must submit the proposal by email by May 19, 2014 to:

Randy Vanderhoof, Executive Director
Smart Card Alliance
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 609-587-4208

Cathy Medich, Director, Strategic Programs
Smart Card Alliance
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 925-398-8191

All proposals not received by date will be returned unopened. The Smart Card Alliance will notify the consultants chosen for further consideration within 30 days after the proposal deadline, and will notify all respondents in writing of the outcome of their proposal within 30 days after the final decision is made.