[Dave Birch] A splendid evening: free drinks and a lot of old friends getting together at the launch of Forum friend Mike Hendry‘s new book on Multi-application Smart Cards: Technology and Applications. I won’t embarrass either Mike or myself by noting how far we go back together, but it’s quite a way. Mike is one of the people in the industry whose opinions I have always genuinely valued and it was a pleasure to co-author the Financial Times Report on Electronic Payments with him a few years ago. But I will say that his role as Technical & Operations Director at the Project Management Office (PMO) was a significant factor in the success of the chip & PIN roll-out in the U.K.

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Here’s Mike hosting the launch in the garden of the Royal Overseas League in Piccadilly…
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True to the traditions of the Digital Money Blog, Mike has kindly offered to send a complimentary copy of the book to the first person to reply to this thread. As always, the competition excludes employees of Consult Hyperion, blogmeister Jane and members of my immediate family. Mindful of the recent competition-related scandals to hit the BBC and ITV, Forum friend and member of the BBC Trust, economist Diane Coyle has kindly agreed to discuss our procedures with me, and I am confident of a clean bill of health and independent confirmation of the integrity of this blog 🙂

These opinions are my own (I think) and presented solely in my capacity as an interested member of the general public [posted with ecto]

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