Who we are

Smart ticketing originated from the wish to have interoperability between upcoming regional and national public transport electronic ticketing systems. To achieve this, focus has been on the customer media while allowing for the concept of dynamic and multiple applications.

The Alliance drives a coordinated effort towards global ticketing interoperability for the public transport sector. This includes the establishment of a trust scheme that mirrors the schemes used in the mobile phone industry, banking sector and with other stakeholders.

The Smart Ticketing Alliance was founded in 2015 as the follow up to the IFM project.

Founding members were UITP, Calypso, ITSO, AFIMB and VDV eTicket Service.

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Goals for the Smart Ticketing Alliance

The Smart Ticketing Alliance Charter represents a coordinated approach for establishing Smart Ticketing interoperability in the Public Transport sector.

Main goals of the Alliance are:

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


Cooperation within the Alliance

The Smart Ticketing Alliance Members will cooperate with the purpose of:

  • Sharing experience and Best Practice
  • Cooperating in Working Groups, bringing in Alliance members’ knowledge and expertise
  • Coordinating the Alliance members’ submissions to the standardization process
  • Setting up Trust Schemes


Alliance activities

  • Coordination of contact between the Smart Ticketing Alliance and its Members
  • Establishing and supporting Working Groups for identified topics
  • Supporting standardization and certification processes including the establishment of a formal liaison role with CEN TC224 and TC278, and with ISO TC204
  • Developing and implementing agreed Trust Schemes for Smart Ticketing and its interfaces with other Industry Certification Schemes
  • Disseminating information on activities and development through an Alliance website
  • Representing the Smart Ticketing Alliance with other European/global organisations such as GSMA, NFC Forum, SEPA, European Commission, UIC and IATA