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STA workshop Thursday 27th of October 2016

New era of e- ticketing – how to handle the transition?

Organised by: The Smart Ticketing Alliance, supported by UITP
Venue: UITP Headquarters Rue Sainte-Marie 6, Brussels

■ context

The Smart Ticketing Alliance is working closely with local, national and global bodies to develop the necessary policies, specifications and trust schemes to deliver ticketing interoperability across Europe and beyond. Smart Ticketing is part of the wider process of encouraging the use of seamless mobility on public transport when making “door-to-door” journeys. Smart Ticketing is intimately linked to journey planning, payment and real-time information.

The NFC-enabled mobile phone or device provides a unique new opportunity to service the customer. The Smart Ticketing Alliance is working closely with the Mobile Networks Operators Association (GSMA), the NFC Forum and handset specification and testing bodies to ensure these devices provide an opportunity to and support public transport mobility.

Major savings in the cost of operating smart schemes are expected to come through access to open standards. The Smart Ticketing Alliance is committed to ensuring standards and specifications used are open and freely available for all operators to use.

The Smart Ticketing Alliance was founded in 2015 by the national smart ticketing schemes of UK (ITSO), Germany (VdV e-Ticket Service Gmbh), Calypso Networks Association and AFIMB (L’Agence Française pour l’Information Multimodale et la Billettique). Welcome to this one-day workshop in Brussels!

John Verity
Chair, Smart Ticketing Alliance

Programme Thursday 27th of October
STA Workshop – Brussels

09:30-10:00 Registration and Coffee

10:00 Welcome – Introduction to the Workshop
Alain Flausch General Secretary, UITP
John Verity Chair Smart Ticketing Alliance

10:20 How far apart are the current NFC standards on Smartphones and PT validators?
John Verity Chair Smart Ticketing Alliance

10:40 What will it take to make NFC on smartphones work with PT validators?
The approach of three main NFC projects in Europe.

Optimos in Germany
Cord Bartels Optimos project

Wizway in France
Louis Brosse CEO Wizway

OV-chipkaart going mobile
Stefan van Someren Innovation Architect, Translink

11:20 Discussion on open questions on NFC. Q & A
Cross border travel with NFC phones?
NFC solutions with embedded secure elements?

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Certifying ticket equipment and ticket media for interoperability
The STA has established a certification scheme based on a group of several accredited certification bodies. Learn how your equipment can be certified.

STA certification process
Bernard Schwob STA certification working group chairman

CNA-PayCert, operational certification body since July 2016
Ludovic Verecque General manager, PayCert

Certification by VDV ETS
Sjef Janssen General manager, VDV ETS

Discussion Q & A

14:30 The door-to -door approach and its technical needs
Door-to-door project CTO
David Assouline Digital Officer, SNCF

Discussion Q & A

15:00 Coffee break

15:20 Open interfaces in ticketing and information
The Shift2Rail project aims at showcasing the future solution for reservation, booking, ticketing, payment and travel information for rail and PT; the IT2Railproject is a first step relying on open interfaces.
Laurent Laudinet System & software Architect Thales TCS/RCS

Discussion on open interfaces

16:00 Conclusion – final remarks

16:20 Networking

17:00 End of the meeting

Jarl Eliassen,
Jopine Martin,
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Thank you.

The Smart Ticketing Alliance is organised as an international non-profit association. Its founding members are ITSO, VDV-ETS, CNA and AFIMB. For more information:

Founding Members

Background and contact information on the founders of the Smart Ticketing Alliance.



ITSO is the non-profit distributing organization that oversees the ITSO Specification for smart ticketing in the UK. ITSO helps its members to set up and run ITSO-compliant smart ticketing schemes, tests and certifies smart ticketing equipment to ensure it meets the ITSO standards and ensures the ITSO Specification is up to date and fit for purpose. ITSO operates the ITSO Security Management System (ISMS), a highly secure key management and distribution system specifically developed to enable ITSO-compliant smart ticketing systems to be set up.

Sheila MacDonald –
John Verity –
ITSO website



VDV-KA is the open and secure German standard for electronic fare management systems (EFM) which enables the passenger to move freely and easily between the public transport companies without having to deal with the different tariff zones and ticket machines (interoperability). It provides an open platform which not only allows transport operators to integrate their back office systems as well as those of multimodal and multifunctional partners. The VDV-KA-KG regulates the cooperation of the various stakeholders in EFM systems at an organisational level. (((eTicket Germany is the brand name of the VDV-KA.

Sjef Janssen –
VDV-KA website



Calypso Networks Association (CNA) gathers operators, authorities & suppliers implementing Calypso. Calypso technology is an open specification issued from an EU project to assure a high security level for contactless transactions and to provide technical interoperability between networks assuring multi-services providers environment. The main tasks of CNA are to define and direct the reference specifications, a certification policy and to contribute to the international standardisation process.

Ralph Gambetta –
CNA website




The French agency for multimodal information and smart-ticketing (AFIMB – Agence Française de l’Information Multimodale et de la Billettique) is linked with the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. Its steering committee gathers representatives of transport authorities, users, transport operators and relevant public administrations The agency aims at promoting interoperability in the areas of multimodal information and smart-ticketing and supports standardisation.

Bernard Schwob –
Françoise Duhont –
AFIMB website



UITP (International Association of Public Transport) is a passionate champion of sustainable urban mobility and is the only worldwide network to bring together all public transport stakeholders and all sustainable transport modes. We have 1,400 member companies giving access to over 18,000 contact from 96 countries. Our members are public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, research institutes and the public transport supply and service industry.

UITP is one of the founding fathers of the Smart Ticketing Alliance initiating the IFM project which later led to the setup of the STA. UITP is now in charge of the Secretariat of the Smart Ticketing Alliance.

Jarl Eliassen, Expert
UITP website

Full members

Full Membership of the STA has been granted to:

  • ITSO Ltd. UK
  • VDV eTicket Service GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
  • Calypso Networks Association, Belgium
  • AFIMB, France
  • BMC Belgian Mobility Card
  • ATM Area de Barcelona

Associated members

Associated Membership of the STA has been granted to:

  • Kapsch PublicTransportCom
  • highQ Computerlösungen GmbH
  • Wizway Solutions

IFM Project vision, drivers, aims

Drivers towards Public Transport:

  • Social inclusion
  • Mobility
  • Harmonisation
  • Procurement
  • Scale economics
  • support for the Green Agenda by removing barriers to modal switching

EU-IFM needs to support interoperability at three levels:

  • Local Schemes
  • National Schemes
  • International Schemes

The main National IFM organisations have a shared vision:

  • Create an EU-IFM network to provide direction, co-ordination, networking of Best Practice,
  • Implementation planning of a pan-European IFM initiative
  • Promote the use of multi-application smart media including NFC; and the Security and Certification of devices
  • Payment mechanism no longer a barrier to travel Initial funding from European Commission

Aim is to ensure cross-border interoperability of Transport Smartcards is enabled across Europe by developing a Road Map towards a Europe-wide concept where:

  • Customers use their chosen smart media (such as NFC smartphone) outside their home network
  • Transport authorities have the tool-set to build new systems using standardised Specifications
  • Deliver the associated Security Environment
  • Charter a way through Privacy Issues

European IFM Deliverables

  • Common Model for IFM across EU
  • Open architecture
  • Commercial framework between members
  • Security Environment with a Trust Model and set of IFM Rules
  • Privacy Charter

Any national IFM compliant media (contactless smart card or other) can be used in any participating sales location to “load” products available from that sales location, for use in the product’s (product owner’s) acceptance network.

  • Transparency for the user
  • Users can use their “media” anywhere in the environment

IFM Project Work Packages

  1. Trust Management
  2. Privacy
  3. Applications and Interoperable Media
  4. IFM Organisational Structures
  5. Back Office Systems

IFM Project conclusions

IMG_8125-100hRoutes to European IFM Interoperability

  • Track 1 (Priority Lane) Interoperability through common multi-application processes and a Common Portal
  • Track 2 (Long Haul) Common EU-IFM Application and Templates

EU-IFM Priority Lane Deliverables

  • Greater Awareness of benefits of smartcard solutions for mobility to both Customers and Transport Operators
  • Widest possible range of Media leading to cost benefits
  • Access over-the-internet and over-the-air
  • Transportability and Interoperability of Media between schemes
  • Respect of Privacy across schemes
  • Enhancement of Security and minimisation of Fraud
  • Consensus on value of cooperation
  • Dissemination of knowledge of how to set up a scheme
  • Promotion of Best Practice to spread excellence
  • Facilitation of Back Office communication … demonstrating material benefits to Customer, the Green Agenda, Mobility and Social Inclusion

EU-IFM Long Haul Vision

  • Seamless accessibility to different Public Transport Networks using the same Portable Media
  • Smartcards will have migrated to a Secure Element on a Portable Object (Mobile Phone, PDA, USB device etc)
  • Individual IFM Transport Applications can co-reside in a multi-application environment
  • An EU-IFM Transport Application usable across many Networks
  • Payment processes are no longer a barrier to the use of Public Transport across EU

The NFC Offer for Transport

  • NFC offers a unique opportunity to engage travellers.
  • Minimum Specification and Composite Certification
  • Trusted Service Provision
  • Seamless links between Journey Planning, Ticket Selection and access to multiple Public Transport Networks across borders

Issues raised

  • Co-ordination between Pilots
  • Early Adoption to avoid wasteful expenditure
  • Migration of Legacy Schemes
  • Ensuring sufficient space available on media
  • Convergence with Payment developments in NFC and Mobile EMV / SEPA
  • Payment Currency and Settlement