IFM-Project

IFM Project Introduction

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Funded by the European Commission under the 7th Community Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.

The project is funded by DG INFSO under the IST Programme: ICT for Transport.

links back to the different parts of the IFM-Project:

  • introduction (this)
  • vision, drivers and aims
  • work packages
  • conclusions
  • deliverables

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

IFM Project deliverables

ifm-flyer-thumbAfter the IFM-Project finished, the consortium produced a double sided IFM Flyer with information for decision makers in different languages:

  • English Interoperable Fare Management – Downloading local applications on compatible media.
  • French Interopérabilité des Systèmes billettiques – Téléchargez des applications locales sur des supports compatibles.
  • German Interoperables Fahrgeldmanagement – Download lokaler Applikationen auf kompatible Medien.
  • Spanish Gestión de Tarifas Interoperables – Descargue aplicaciones locales en medios compatibles.

The following (professional) project Deliverables are still available:

  • D1.1 Collection of Information on Existing Trust Management Models (February 2009)
  • D1.2 Existing Trust Models and Comparison to Published Best Practice in Other Relevant Business Sectors (March 2009)
  • D1.3 Report on the follow-up workshop to explain and disseminate the agreed Common Methodology for preparing a Trust Management Model (September 2009)
  • D1.4 Report on the Common Requirements for a Secure Domain to support the Trust Management Model (March 2010)
  • D2.1 Functional survey of existing sets of privacy protection rules applicable to transport IFM applications by national institutions and regulations in different contractors European countries (March 2009)
  • D2.2 Consensus paper on privacy in transport IFM applications (December 2009)
  • D2.3 European handbook on rules and regulations for privacy protection in fare devices and back-offices (March 2010)
  • D3.1 State of the art on interoperable media and multi-application management (February 2009)
  • D3.2 Common requirements and recommendations on interoperable media and multi-application management (September 2009)
  • D3.3 Migration paths (February 2010)
  • D4.1 Inventory of functions, organisational models and economic issues of existing IFM Systems (March 2009)
  • D4.2 Report on the organisational structures and the differences of the existing IFM systems (March 2009)
  • D4.3 Report and recommendation to Cooperative Organisational Models (April 2010)
  • D5.2 Generic common architecture, interfaces and security principles Strategy Paper (June 2010)
  • D6.2 UITP IFM Forum annual report 2008 (March 2009)
  • D7.2 Road Map for the long-term development strategy – conceptual outline (September 2008)
  • D7.3 Road map for the long-term development strategy – final version (June 2010)

The original IFM Project website may still exist!