Not-so-smart cards

The BBC reports Trial ID card scheme is withdrawn.

This isn’t the Passport Service’s famous vanishing biometric trial, but a Cornish experiment using smart cards for access to local services.

Cornish Key is operated by a partnership of local district and county councils.

North Cornwall District Council is one of the partners and spokesman Paul Masters believes the card was far from practical.

He says the failure of the smart technology in Cornwall needs to be addressed if a future government were to use it for national identity cards.

A recent review of the project concluded that the card used in the pilot was not affordable in the longer term.

We hope someone lets erstwhile Battersea MP Martin Linton know. Mr Linton is an enthusiast for “smart” identity cards that would double as library cards.