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

Press release – STA contributes to interoperability with a certification proposal

More and more European Public transport organizations (PTO) use contactless e-ticketing-systems to ensure more comfort for their customers and to fasten control procedures. According to an interoperable use and cross-border travel, all systems must be compatible though they are developed on different technical basis and have not been coordinated so far. To solve this challenge, the Smart Ticketing Alliance (STA) has established a certification procedure based on ISO standards. This is to ensure future compatibility of European eTicket infrastructure. In a first step, the scope of the certification is the contactless interface of ticketing equipment and media based on CEN/TS16794.

Long term goal of this measure of STA, which comprises issuers of the e-ticketing standards ITSO, Calypso Network Association (CNA) and VDV-Kernapplikation, is to ensure interoperable traveling throughout Europe from the technical view. Another aim is to ensure maximum freedom of choice of supplier by PTAs and PTOs, and to give them the necessary trust in their investment. The spread of proprietary solo efforts and isolated solutions in a digitally networked world is not contemporary and expensive. A certificate delivered by an accredited certification body will be recognized in all Europe.

STA certification working group has set up the global framework of certification and defined the certification procedure, technical guidelines for certification bodies and a test tools validation methodology for laboratories.

Currently, the first two STA certification bodies are Calypso Network Association and its partner PayCert which is ready to operate, and VDV eTicket Service together with Federal Office for Security in Information Technology (BSI) that is preparing to become soon another certification body. With this process, manufacturers worldwide can apply for the certification of their products for the European public transport market.

Read the original press release

Board Meetings

The Board of the STA were elected at the General Assembly on the 5th of July 2016.

The members are:

John Verity (ITSO), Chairperson
Sjef Janssen (VDV e-Karte), Vice Chairperson
Alain Flausch (UITP), Member
Ralph Gambetta (CNA), Member
Bernard Schwob (AFIMB), Member

Board meetings 2015:
20th of January
24th of February
18th of March
15th of June
30th of September
7th of December

Board meetings 2016:
7th of February
29th of February
31st of March
13th of May
5th of July
14th of September
26th of October
9th of December

Board meetings 2017:
20th of February
20th of March
4th of July
25th of August
5th of October
7th of November
12th of December


Joint statement


About nine months ago, the NFC Forum, GSMA, CEN TC278 WG3 and stakeholders of the global Public Transport Industry announced an alliance that targets interoperability between the NFC mobile devices’ contactless interface and globally relevant Public transport readers and media.
At their last meeting on 28th of January the group concluded that the development work has now been completed. The alliance agreed on technical interoperability solutions that will ensure that NFC mobile devices will support contactless communications with all relevant system infrastructures and use cases of the global PT sector. Generic NFC mobile devices which are designed, tested and certified according to NFC Forum specifications can be used as a platform for fare media and card reader systems according to ISO/IEC14443, ISO/IEC18092 (FeliCa) and with NFC-tags. These solutions allow coexistence with EMVCo L1 specifications and testing on the same NFC mobile device.
These developments pave the way for a global general introduction of NFC-enabled mob

ile services, something that thousands of public transport operators have been waiting for, for more than a decade. Starting today, they can also build on the potential for hundreds of millions of users of contactless fare media.

Next steps:
The agreed interoperability solutions will be introduced into the NFC Forum’s specifications for design and testing of NFC mobile devices. These specifications will be referenced by GSMA and proposed to be included in the GCF device certification scheme to ensure globally-certified mobile devices. By the second quarter 2017, large numbers of globally interoperable NFC handsets should have arrived in most stores.
In parallel, the Public Transport industry will make sure that their readers and cards match the new specifications for NFC handsets. Major players, including JR East, the Smart Ticketing Alliance and APTA, contributed to defining a matching testing and certification plan for Public Transport components.

Brussels 23rd of March 2016

STA Use Cases from Back Office to SE

The document STA – Use Cases from Back Office to SE 20160309 is intended to describe, from the perspective of the communication between the back office and the Secure Element (SE) contained within a mobile device, the use cases that will be employed in managing the (data that is sent to the) Secure Element for generic Public Transport (PT) applications.

It will inform discussion so that the GlobalPlatform End to End (E2E) Simplified Service Management Framework {See GlobalPlatform’s website} can be updated to include Public Transport as one of the vertical segments. (Currently the GlobalPlatform document only has one vertical segment: Payment.) This document is produced on behalf of the STA as input to the process and it is therefore PT centric in its descriptions. The GlobalPlatform work will involve taking the use cases and describing in much more detail the actions needed by each of the actors involved in the process of Service Management. Many of the use cases described in this document will be applicable in other segments and may already exist in the GlobalPlatform documentation Payment vertical – but the specifics at the more detailed level may differ from Payment.

This document is concerned with the End to End processes whereby data is downloaded Over The Air (or possibly Over The Internet) from the Back Office (via Trusted Service Manager) systems to the SE. It does not therefore describe the use of the NFC interface when in Card Emulation Mode (CEM) and is being used as a Contactless Smart Card, since these actions are not of concern to Mobile Telephony. The actions and use cases that use the NFC interface are described in the documentation Use Cases NFC Mobile Devices in Public Transport

Smart phones and NFC in the world of public transport

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 systems are in principle compatible with NFC-enabled mobile devices. It is possible to introduce mobile services based on these existing systems.

NFC Mobile Devices (NMD) may be used as Public Transport fare media (substituting the customer’s card or token), as personal mobile sales terminals (pPoS) by which the customer may obtain information about services and products, purchase products and make payments or for new service offers (e.g. multi-modal travel planning and travelling) that take advantage of a smart phone’s capability to integrate and access online-applications.

NFC tags may be used to provide customers access to traffic, schedule and fare information or as an alternative approach to classical reader-based infrastructures.

The mobile enhancement of classical fare management systems requires that NFC Mobile Devices are technically interoperable with the contactless readers and the fare media that are used for ticketing and payment in Public Transport.

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

The report Documentation of Use Cases for NFC Mobile Devices in Public Transport has been produced by VdV eTicket Service together with ITSO Ltd.
ITSO Limited: Luminar House, Deltic Avenue, Milton Keynes, MK13 8LW, UK.
VDV eTicket Service GmbH & Co. KG. Hohenzollernring 103, 50672 Cologne. Germany

The report has been adopted by the NFC Forum.


The STA is established to support the development of interoperable Smart Ticketing.  Being a non-profit distributing organisation we:

  • Promote and facilitate cooperation between national and regional Smart Ticketing schemes to establish interoperable “Smart Ticketing” in Europe and elsewhere.
  • In pursuit of this objective, the STA shall, in particular (but not only), carry out the following activities:
  • Develop, establish, agree and publish the functional and technical requirements for smart ticketing interoperability
  • Pursue the establishment of trust schemes, specifications and certification for seamless travel between schemes with different standards
  • Cooperate with other European and international bodies to promote interoperability in Smart Ticketing

Becoming a member

Do you share our ideas of interoperable e-ticketing services? Then become a member or associate member of the Smart Ticketing Alliance.
Download the invitation text here

The Founding Members of the Smart Ticketing Alliance invite other European stakeholders to join either as Full Members or Associated Members. Full membership is open to national ticketing schemes and regional groups of public transport operators and authorities cooperating in the electronic Smart Ticketing area. Others are welcomed as Associated Members.

Membership rules

  • Full membership is open for national ticketing schemes and regional groups of Public Transport Authorities/Companies cooperating in the electronic Smart Ticketing area.
  • Associated Members are welcomed
  • All Full Members are invited to be part of a General Assembly that meets once a year
  • 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.

Membership fees

The STA is a not-for-profit association and is in the process of being incorporated as an AISBL under Belgian law as from May 11th 2015.

Download the invitation letter and application form here

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The statutes of the STA were approved by the Board of the organisation on the 18th of March 2015 and submitted to a Notary as part of the organisations application to be incorporated as an AISBL (internationally acting not-for-profit association) under Belgian law. The statutes were approved by the Notary in Brussels on the 11th of May 2015 and subsequently approved by the Belgian Ministry of Justice as an AISBL under Belgian law.

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