smart ticketing alliance

The Smart Ticketing Alliance (STA) represents a platform for cooperation and a coordinated approach for establishing ticketing interoperability for the Public Transport sector.

Press release – STA contributes to interoperability with a certification proposal

More and more European Public transport organizations (PTO) use contactless e-ticketing-systems to ensure more comfort for their customers and to fasten control procedures. According to an interoperable use and cross-border travel, all systems must be compatible though they are developed on different technical basis and have not been coordinated so far. To solve this challenge, the Smart Ticketing Alliance (STA) has established a certification procedure based on ISO standards. This is to ensure future compatibility of European eTicket infrastructure. In a first step, the scope of the certification is the contactless interface of ticketing equipment and media based on CEN/TS16794.

Long term goal of this measure of STA, which comprises issuers of the e-ticketing standards ITSO, Calypso Network Association (CNA) and VDV-Kernapplikation, is to ensure interoperable traveling throughout Europe from the technical view. Another aim is to ensure maximum freedom of choice of supplier by PTAs and PTOs, and to give them the necessary trust in their investment. The spread of proprietary solo efforts and isolated solutions in a digitally networked world is not contemporary and expensive. A certificate delivered by an accredited certification body will be recognized in all Europe.

STA certification working group has set up the global framework of certification and defined the certification procedure, technical guidelines for certification bodies and a test tools validation methodology for laboratories.

Currently, the first two STA certification bodies are Calypso Network Association and its partner PayCert which is ready to operate, and VDV eTicket Service together with Federal Office for Security in Information Technology (BSI) that is preparing to become soon another certification body. With this process, manufacturers worldwide can apply for the certification of their products for the European public transport market.

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Board Meetings

The Board of the STA were elected at the General Assembly on the 15th of June 2015.

The members are:

John Verity (ITSO), Chairperson
Sjef Janssen (VDV e-Karte), Vice Chairperson
Alain Flausch (UITP), Member
Ralph Gambetta (CNA), Member
Bernard Schwob (AFIMB), Member

Board meetings 2015:
20th of January
24th of February
18th of March
15th of June
30th of September
7th of December

Board meetings 2016:
7th of February
29th of February
31st of March
13th of May
5th of July
14th of September
26th of October

Joint statement


About nine months ago, the NFC Forum, GSMA, CEN TC278 WG3 and stakeholders of the global Public Transport Industry announced an alliance that targets interoperability between the NFC mobile devices’ contactless interface and globally relevant Public transport readers and media.
At their last meeting on 28th of January the group concluded that the development work has now been completed. The alliance agreed on technical interoperability solutions that will ensure that NFC mobile devices will support contactless communications with all relevant system infrastructures and use cases of the global PT sector. Generic NFC mobile devices which are designed, tested and certified according to NFC Forum specifications can be used as a platform for fare media and card reader systems according to ISO/IEC14443, ISO/IEC18092 (FeliCa) and with NFC-tags. These solutions allow coexistence with EMVCo L1 specifications and testing on the same NFC mobile device.
These developments pave the way for a global general introduction of NFC-enabled mob

ile services, something that thousands of public transport operators have been waiting for, for more than a decade. Starting today, they can also build on the potential for hundreds of millions of users of contactless fare media.

Next steps:
The agreed interoperability solutions will be introduced into the NFC Forum’s specifications for design and testing of NFC mobile devices. These specifications will be referenced by GSMA and proposed to be included in the GCF device certification scheme to ensure globally-certified mobile devices. By the second quarter 2017, large numbers of globally interoperable NFC handsets should have arrived in most stores.
In parallel, the Public Transport industry will make sure that their readers and cards match the new specifications for NFC handsets. Major players, including JR East, the Smart Ticketing Alliance and APTA, contributed to defining a matching testing and certification plan for Public Transport components.

Brussels 23rd of March 2016