New STA Workshop “Smarter travel becoming real for more and more customers” to take place on 6 March in Karlsruhe

The Smart Ticketing Alliance is organising a new Workshop “Smart travel becoming real for more and more customers” on 6 March 2018 in Karlsruhe, in marge of the international conference & exhibition IT-Trans.

Travelling seamlessly throughout Europe is one of the biggest challenges we have these days. In terms of smarter ticketing the STA has provided significant results to achieve this goal. During the workshop the achievements of the STA will be highlighted and with high level speakers from our sector a full picture of the impact of the joint works will be shown.

The event will be held at Karlsruhe Messe (room K2) from 11:00 to 13:15.

The workshop is open to all IT-Trans registered participants and visitors.

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Successful STA Workshop “En route for seamless travel” in Barcelona

The Smart Ticketing Alliance together with ATM Barcelona (our local host) and supported by UITP organised the annual STA Workshop “En route for seamless travel“. The event took place on November 6th, at Museu Marítim de Barcelona, in Barcelona and gathered more than 60 public transport sector representatives.

Just a few years ago the idea of seamless travelling throughout Europe seemed hardly possible due to the diversity of different eTicket schemes and eTicket infrastructure.

With the creation of the Smart Ticketing Alliance, the growing numbers of eTicket systems and the developing harmonisation of NFC and contactless standards, we can now proudly state that we are “En route for Seamless Travel”, theme of the STA annual Workshop.

Programme is available here.

Presentations are available here.

New Documentation of Use Cases for Interoperable Fare Management System data exchanges has been released

Interoperable Fare Management Systems (IFMS) are becoming more and more interconnected. This need for connections between IFMS comes from different factors:

  • Ticketing interoperability areas are expanding and operational data exchanges between ticketing systems are required for revenue sharing or traffic planning purposes,
  • Account Based Ticketing (ABT) is developing and creates the need for back office data exchanges as the proof of entitlement to travel is held in the IFMS back office, and not in the media,
  • The increasing economic pressure on local authorities is encouraging them to build ticketing revenue sharing models based on actual passenger journeys rather than on predefined pro-rata calculations, and this mandates the need for sharing operational usage data.

Many initiatives defining specifications for IFMS data exchanges do exist but most of them are at best implemented at a regional or domestic level. Anticipating that data exchanges between IFMS will only increase in the future, the Smart Ticketing Alliance has resolved to describe the list of use cases that PT stakeholders want to see addressed through IFMS data exchanges.

The documentation of such use cases is seen as a necessary prerequisite to the later development of a EU wide specification for an IFMS Back Office interface that should help to seamlessly interconnect ticketing systems and hence favour the development of ticketing interoperability on a broader EU scale.

This document aims to identify the business processes and related use cases that IFMS data exchange should cover. Beyond the business and functional requirements, the regulatory and legal aspect of data exchanges are also taken into account to cope with regards to user data privacy, responsibility of data storage, ownership of the exchanged data ….

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Smart Ticketing Alliance certification has started!

In July 2016, Smart Ticketing Alliance (STA), the body that aims to lead the way towards European e-ticketing interoperability standards for the public transport sector, announced a new certification proposal that ensures compliance of transportation contactless fare media and readers (such as ticket machines, gates and validators) with the CEN technical specification TS 16794 in contactless communication.

Discover the full press release here

New Device Certification Release and Related White Paper Support Pathway to Public Transport Interoperability

A decade ago, Public Transport smartcard schemes each had their own unique specifications and a smartcard issued by one scheme could not work in other locations. The European Commission funded EU-IFM Project and now the Smart Ticketing Alliance have worked to define the business rules and requirements to allow smart ticketing schemes to interoperate and the customer to be able to use just one device to travel across schemes and borders.

The Smart Ticketing Alliance, with support from colleagues in the Americas and the Far East, have worked with the NFC Forum and the GSMA to ensure the specific requirements of public transport smartcard schemes are reflected in the latest NFC and mobile handset specifications.  The STA is proud of its formal liaison with the NFC Forum and GSMA, and to see it come to fruition in the White Paper and latest press release from the NFC Forum.

STA mobile use cases

The increasing use of smart phones and the transformation from classical to mobile service offers is one of the major global trends.

Compared to other sectors that have to build up mobile infrastructures from scratch, the Public Transport industry is in a unique position because current contactless eTicketing infrastructures are in principle compatible with NFC-enabled mobile devices. It is now possible to introduce mobile services based on these existing infrastructures.

This document supports the implementation of certified technical interoperability between NFC enabled mobile devices and Public Transport systems. This is achieved by documenting the way that NFC Mobile Devices are used in Public Transport and by identifying the relevant requirements on this basis.

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STA NFC Workshop, Brussels, 27 October 2016

The STA ran a successful workshop for 32 invited delegates covering Scheme Operators and Suppliers in October 2016.  The changing NFC ecosystem in Public Transport was addressed by 9 key speakers.  Together they looked at how to deliver interoperable NFC Solutions for Public Transport that are simple, fast, guaranteed, cheap, secure and flexible.  Recent developments in NFC Standards to meet the specific requirements of Public Transport were addressed as well as the new STA Certification Scheme for Public Transport Media and Readers.  Throughout the workshop, the key was that the customer may in future wish to provide their own preferred NFC contactless media and method of payment whilst the industry is constrained by its existing contactless infrastructure.

Further workshops are planned to look at different customer Secure Element solutions, Application management, and how to deliver a common customer experience across Public Transport.

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Certification Working Group approved new documents

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.

You will find here more information.

The STA forms partnership with the NFC Forum

The Smart Ticketing Alliance has signed a liaison agreement with the NFC Forum.

The goal is to collaborate on joint projects to advance the adoption and usability of Near Field Communication (NFC) in public transport.

The NFC Forum has signed similar agreements with other partners reaching out to the automotive industry as well as online services.

Read the press release from the NFC Forum here