After the press release about the establishment of the Smart ticketing Alliance, UITP President Peter Hendy received a supportive letter from European Commission Vice President Siim Kallas.
“I would like to thank and congratulate you and the Smart Ticketing Alliance team for the key role you are playing to make transport ticketing across Europe simpler and easier for all passengers. The Alliances’ efforts, I am sure, will be pivotal in bringing the local transport component into our initiatives.”
Siim Kallas goes on to mention that this work complements well with their own work towards multi-modal journey planning and ticketing. He expects that the Alliance will help answer his two year old question of “Why can we not yet plan or book our journey through Europe – switching between several modes – in one go and online?”. Nevertheless, he sees barriers ahead, not in the least in ensuring the provision of up-to-date information from all modes of transport.
“Your recent initiative is however an important milestone. I wish you the best of fortune with the Alliance and continued strong cooperation with all stakeholders involved in this journey.”
John Verity is Chief Advisor to ITSO Limited. John sits on the ISO/CEN Standardisation committees overseeing smartcards in transport and supports both the UITP and the European Commission as an expert on Smart Ticketing. He was co-ordinator of the European funded project to develop a roadmap towards Europe-wide interoperability for Smart Ticketing. Eurotransport, Volume 11, Issue 3, 2013, page 51-52. ITSO, European Standardisation and the Smart Ticketing Alliance
John Verity outlines the aims of a new alliance which aims to make it possible to travel on all forms of public transport throughout Europe using a single specification NFC- (Near Field
Communications) enabled smartphone.
Bas van Os has been involved in all phases of the OV-chipkaart project in the Netherlands over the past 12 years. Bas is currently responsible for the Open Ticketing Institute – set-up to promote innovation and knowledge-sharing between ‘sister schemes’ in public transport. Eurotransport, Volume 11, Issue 3, 2013, page 54-56. The importance of sharing knowledge and experience
Ticketing used to simply be a business function of public transport. Now it has become a business sector in itself…but not for long. What started as a modernisation of paper and magnetic tickets has now become part of a larger wave of technological innovation and social change. In countries with strong public transport offerings, e-Ticketing will be one of the enablers of the integration of the physical and virtual worlds in which people move, work, play and consume.
Gregers Mogensen is Senior Advisor at Rejsekort A/S. Eurotransport, Volume 11, Issue 3, 2013, page 57. Denmark – how a transport ticketing solution became a country-wide experience
Rejsekort A/S – the public transport smartcard ticketing scheme provider for Denmark – is the leading operator of one of the world’s first country-wide transport ticketing solutions based on NXP’s MIFARE technology, covering all train services, metro networks and eventually all bus services across Denmark. This common automatic fare collection solution delivers the next level of customer ticketing experience.