James Lee and I met at Newham Dockside for a PSMP progress review. It's planned to launch at the other four Olympic boroughs in July, and for the portal to simultaneously be made available in all other London boroughs, although local Council content will be dependent upon individual Authorities commissioning the requisite development work, if they want it.

This can be procured from any developer, but if SNT Media Networks do the work, the cost will be capped at £38K. As well as TfL's Local Journey Planner, new content will include "Report it" and Cinema Listings.

It's also planned to provide localised data from DirectGov and the Job Centre Plus service.
A Stakeholder event has been arranged for 29th April, ahead of which James and I agreed to set-up a further strategy session to bring all three partners (SNT Media Networks, TfL and LB Newham) and their advisers up-to-speed with developments.

An EAS Board meeting was held today at the DfES offices in Great Smith Street. It was reported that the funding model for the wider service delivery model will be available within 6 weeks.

Progress remains good with 62 MOUs for use in Contact Point now signed. Other "pipeline" applications/Service Providers include the DWP's Customer Information System, the e-Common Assessment Framework, the Youth Justice Board, the Learning & Skills Council, the Qualification & Curriculum Authority, the DCMS (Olympic Boroughs) and DCLG Data Integration Hub.

Afterwards, I met with Anders Henrikson and a colleague from Verisec, who were visiting the UK from Sweden to promote the company's "Authentication Appliance" which is one of the local authentication applications (others are from Microsoft and Thales) that can complement EAS, and is being implemented in Salford - the first EAS pilot site.

Having negotiated the Tamil demonstration in Parliament Square, I met Anders in the St. Stephens Tavern, and we discussed how Socitm can help in promoting the Verisec solution.

ID cards and enhanced passports have moved a step closer with the announcement of supplier contracts. The CESG has today written to stakeholders suggesting an Identity Management Collaborative Working Group on 23rd April - the day of Socitm's Spring National Conference.

As the notice is rather short, I'm hoping that others will also be unable to attend, and an alternate date has to be found.