About LASSeO

LASSeO was created in March 2002 by local authorities and partnerships, at the suggestion of the ALCO partnership, to assist the local authority sector by reducing the risks caused by a lack of agreed standards for the public sector. LASSeO has existed over the last ten years as an informal committee of people involved in the Smart Card world, and has been able to bring influence to bear by virtue of the energy and enthusiasm of its members.

LASSeO objectives

Our objectives are:

To reduce risk and build trust by:

  • Developing a framework for local authorities to operate in a Multi-application, multi-issuer environment
  • Catering for Citizen control with appropriate multi-level security
  • Defining and monitoring interoperability requirements (within and across Local Authorities)
  • Ensuring interoperability with Government and the Transport sector including  ITSO
  • Meeting local authority regulation & policy needs and emphasising social inclusion
  • Assisting local authorities to meet citizen and community requirements for ease of use, equality of access, consistency of operation, security and privacy

Outcomes of LASSeO's work

LASSeO has set itself the task of producing:

  • Sets of Guidelines and Rules
    • To ensure LA smart card systems are a suitable vehicle for a wide range of applications including central Government
    • To enable Local Authority participation in multi-application smart card environments
  • Specifications and Standards (where necessary)
    • To fill any gaps that local government needs filling
  • Best Practice Guides
    • To support user requirements in a smart card environment including all special needs and socially disadvantaged groups

LASSeO is also active in the area of European Standards and aims to be a vehicle for Local Authorities to influence the development of European standards for smartcards in the public service multi-application arena.

LASSeO positioning

LASSeO was the major provider for the Standards Work Package for the government sponsored National Smartcard Project and was involved in supporting the project in a number of ways.

It is known in Europe with endorsement from CEN and eEurope standards bodies and its members include, Bracknell Forest, Cambridgeshire, Sheffield, Cornwall, Cardiff, various London boroughs, Bolton, Smart Cities, Scotland, Northern Ireland etc.

LASSeO is established as a source of expert input to a number of government groups and studies and has built a market and government awareness of its aims.

LASSeO frequently presents to local government audiences at a variety of venues - see home page for details.

Principles of operation

The LASSeO principles of operation are as follows:

  • Developing specifications BY Local Authorities FOR Local Authorities
  • Rapid Development of open interoperable platform suitable for Local Authority needs
  • Ensure local authority smart card systems are a suitable vehicle for central government and other applications
  • Use existing open standards & specifications wherever suitable
  • Fill any 'gaps' at application level
  • Work with other relevant standards groups to avoid duplication


LASSeO is the operating name of LASSeO Ltd, a not for profit distribution company limited by guarantee.  It is operated through a supervisory board comprising a number of directors that varies from time to time.

 At present the Board is composed of four directors, namely:

  • The Earl of Erroll
  • Dr John Gill OBE
  • Geoff Doggett
  • Mick Davies (Chairman)

The company address is:

LASSeO Ltd, 1 Ingle Dene, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 6PQ

Company number: 05631164


LASSeO does not have formal partners at this stage although it has a strong engagement with the supplier community.

We work with a number of agencies who support our aims and activities:

  • The Department for Transport (DfT)
  • ITSO Ltd responsible for managing the national transport ticketing specification
  • The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • a variety of other government and non government organisations from time to time

We also receive support and encouragement from agencies such as SOCITM and the IDeA.

The ALCO partnership provides administrative and secretarial support.