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Founding Members

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

ITSO Ltd.

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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 – sheila.macdonald@itso.org.uk
John Verity – john.verity@itso.org.uk
ITSO website

VDV-KA-KG

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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 – janssen@vdv.de
VDV-KA website

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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 – wg3leader@calypsonet-asso.org
CNA website

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AFIMB

 

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 – bernard.schwob@developpementdurable.gouv.fr
Françoise Duhont – francoise.duhont@developpement-durable.gouv.fr
AFIMB website

UITP

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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
secretary@smart-ticketing.org
UITP website

Smart Ticketing Alliance established for simpler and easier ticketing systems across Europe

The establishment of the Smart Ticketing Alliance (STA) was announced in an official UITP press release, 28 June 2013.

Following the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in February 2012, a Smart Ticketing Alliance Charter has now been agreed by representatives of VDV KA (Germany), ITSO (United Kingdom), AFIMB (France) and Calypso Network Association (CNA), together with the International Association of Public Transport (UITP).

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This is another major step forward in making transport ticketing across parts of Europe simpler and easier for passengers!

According to this Charter , the Alliance will be a platform for global cooperation to realise a coordinated approach to establishing Smart Ticketing interoperability for the public transport sector. The Charter includes cooperation on, and establishment of, a trust scheme for public transport that mirrors the Trust Schemes in the mobile phone industry and banking.

The February 2012 MoU agreement already committed the Alliance to cooperate based on the principles of Interoperable Fare Management (IFM) as set out in the EU-IFM Project funded by the European Commission (2008-2010) and the developments in contactless bankcards and NFC-enabled devices, particularly mobile phones.

The main goals of the Alliance are:

  • Cooperation between national and regional Smart Ticketing schemes to establish interoperable Smart Ticketing in Europe and elsewhere.
  • To develop, agree and publish the functional and technical requirements for smart ticketing interoperability.
  • Cooperation on the establishment of Trust Schemes, Specifications and Certification.
  • Cooperation with other European and International bodies to promote interoperability in Smart Ticketing.

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.

A coordinating Secretariat will be established for the Smart Ticketing Alliance from within the UITP to provide a single contact point.

The actual press release can be downloaded here .

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