In July 2016, Smart Ticketing Alliance (STA), the body that aims to lead the way towards European e-ticketing interoperability standards for the public transport sector, announced a new certification proposal that ensures compliance of transportation contactless fare media and readers (such as ticket machines, gates and validators) with the CEN technical specification TS 16794 in contactless communication.
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A decade ago, Public Transport smartcard schemes each had their own unique specifications and a smartcard issued by one scheme could not work in other locations. The European Commission funded EU-IFM Project and now the Smart Ticketing Alliance have worked to define the business rules and requirements to allow smart ticketing schemes to interoperate and the customer to be able to use just one device to travel across schemes and borders.
The Smart Ticketing Alliance, with support from colleagues in the Americas and the Far East, have worked with the NFC Forum and the GSMA to ensure the specific requirements of public transport smartcard schemes are reflected in the latest NFC and mobile handset specifications. The STA is proud of its formal liaison with the NFC Forum and GSMA, and to see it come to fruition in the White Paper and latest press release from the NFC Forum.
The increasing use of smart phones and the transformation from classical to mobile service offers is one of the major global trends.
Compared to other sectors that have to build up mobile infrastructures from scratch, the Public Transport industry is in a unique position because current contactless eTicketing infrastructures are in principle compatible with NFC-enabled mobile devices. It is now possible to introduce mobile services based on these existing infrastructures.
This document supports the implementation of certified technical interoperability between NFC enabled mobile devices and Public Transport systems. This is achieved by documenting the way that NFC Mobile Devices are used in Public Transport and by identifying the relevant requirements on this basis.