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).
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 .