A coordinating Secretariat will be established for the Smart Ticketing Alliance from within UITP to provide a single contact point and for disseminating information by printed documents, newsletters and through the website. The UITP Secretariat will be responsible for arranging meetings for the Management Board and General Assembly. For the first year(s) the founders together with UITP will take responsibility for the secretariat. The secretariat will after the first year(s) be part of the Alliance budget financed by member fees agreed on.
All full members are invited to be part of a General Assembly that meets once a year.
The General Assembly selects a Management Board of up to 6 members.
The 2015 General Assembly was held on the 15th of June 2015 at UITP premises in Brussels.
The following Board Members were elected:
John Verity (ITSO), Chairperson
Sjef Janssen (VDV e-Karte), Vice Chairperson
Alain Flausch (UITP), Member
Ralph Gambetta (CNA), Member
Bernard Schwob (AFIMB), Member
For the first two years the Alliance Management Board will consist of the four Founding Members. The General Assembly will subsequently select a Management Board of up to 6 members. The Management Board will always include the four Founding Members.
The General Assembly and Management Board will create Working Groups as appropriate.
STA has formal liaisons with:
- CEN TC278 WG3 SG5;
- NFC Forum Transport Special Interest Group
- Global Platform
- Smart Cities
A good reference is the Privacy Charter developed by the IFM-Project: D2.3 European handbook on rules and regulations for privacy protection in fare devices and back-offices (March 2010).
Starting point is the deliverable “Trust Management Model” from the IFM Project: D1.4 Report on the Common Requirements for a Secure Domain to support the Trust Management Model (March 2010).
STA considers it is essential that public authorities and users can be confident in the quality of contactless communication between contactless readers and fare media. Certification is the appropriate means to give trust. The STA certification program established by STA consists of a Group of Certification Bodies (STA GCB) bringing together certification bodies authorized to certify compliance of transportation and acceptance media with the CEN technical specification TS 16794 about contactless communication. Extension of the certification scope to ohter technical fields, such as the application layer, may be decided later.
The objective of the STA Group of Certification Bodies is to establish a common approach to conformity certification andt he technical equivalence of certification carried out by the STA Group of Certification Bodies’ members. The members will work collectively to achieve these aims but remain independent certification bodies being reponsible for their own decisions and for the control of their different certification marks. The STA Group of Certification Bodies (STA GCB) works as a platform to ease mutual recognition between the member certification bodies (and the testing laboratories for product testing) and to limit the costs of those agreements. A primary goal of the STA GCB is to ensure that the certification bodies and the associated testing laboratories operate on a common basis.
The main principles of the STA certification program are the following:
- a Group of Certification Bodies (GCB) gathers Certification Bodies (CB) authorized to certify compliance with CEN TS 16794;
- Membership of GCB is open to two categories of CB:
1. a CB accredited according to ISO/IEC 17065 against CEN TS 16794 can be a member of the GCB; 2. a CB complying with a subset of ISO/IEC 17065 can be member of the GCB; it has to submit to an audit.
- Certificates delivered by an ISO/IEC 17065 accredited CB are recognized throughout the EU.
A set of documents gives the framework for this certification program. The Terms of Reference, prepared by the STA CWG and approved by the STA board, defines the Group of Certification Bodies (GCB) and organizes the community of STA CBs. This document indicates:
- the conditions for memberhip for the CB;
- the governance: Board of Management (its initial and current composition);
- the technical structure: CWF and audit manager;
- the CB approval process
The other documents, elaborated and approved by the CWG, are:
- Code of Conduct based on ISO/IEC 17065 and dealing with ethical matters
- Certification Procedure
- Certification Body’s Requirements and Evaluation Methodology
The Certification Work Group has finalized 2 new versions for the STA technical Guidelines and Test Tool Validation Methodology:
The laboratories associated with a CB run “round robin tests” using reference devices and media in order to check that tests realized on the same products by each laboratory lead to similar results thus ensuring consistency across the network of test labs.
Please see here the General Overview
Communications working sub-group (of the STA/GSMA working group)