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NFC Forum’s New Certification Release and White Paper Support Pathway to Public Transport Interoperability

15 December 2016 0800 hours

Industry Effort Harmonizes Specifications of NFC-enabled Mobile Devices and PT Readers
The NFC Forum announced today a new release of its certification program and the publication of the NFC-enabled e-Ticketing in Public Transport: Clearing the Route to Interoperability white paper. Certification Release 10 provides support for functionality introduced in the NFC Forum’s Analog Technical Specification 2.0 ensuring interoperability between an NFC device and the ISO/IEC 14443 and ISO/IEC 18092-based infrastructure and cards that are in widespread use in the public transport market. The white paper complements the certification release by providing an overview to implementing solutions to interoperability issues impacting deployment and use of NFC-enabled smartphone eTicketing services in many of the over 1,000 contactless transportation systems worldwide. The white paper is free to download and was created with input from eight key transportation organizations including Public Transport Operators (PTO) and global standards bodies.

With the technology and standards now available to enable radio frequency (RF) interoperability, PTOs, Mobile Network Operators (MNO) and handset makers can rely on certification by the NFC Forum to ensure that a tested and certified device will interoperate with public transport systems and deliver a positive user experience. Organizations planning implementations of NFC technology in public transport will find the white paper a helpful resource to guide that effort.  Implementing this solution will increase consumer use of NFC-enabled smartphones for simplifying and accelerating fare purchases, providing one-touch entry to ticket gates, supporting ancillary applications (such as real-time travel updates and loyalty programs), and enabling use of the same means of payment and access across multiple modes of Public Transport (rail, bus, subway, etc.).
“With our new Certification Program release and white paper, the NFC Forum has provided the Public Transport industry and device makers with the information and the assurance they need to deploy NFC-enabled smartphone eTicketing services with confidence,” said Paula Hunter, Executive Director of the NFC Forum.

Industry Collaboration to Harmonize Specifications
Achieving RF interoperability was a concerted effort spanning the global PT ecosystem. The NFC Forum and EMVCo were the first to agree upon cooperation that targeted the harmonization of analog/RF and digital layer specifications for NFC mobile devices. The NFC Forum has since extended the scope of the effort by establishing similar relationships with transport organizations and other standardization organizations. In 2015, the NFC Forum and The Global System for Mobile (GSMA) launched an initiative in concert with global PT representatives, Smart Ticketing Alliance, East Japan Railway Company, American Public Transportation Association and standards bodies, including the European Committee for Standardization, ITSO and the International Organization for Standardization.

According to the World Health Organization, over 50 percent of the world’s population lives in cities.  This population density combined with over two billion NFC-enabled devices in use is an ideal environment for deploying NFC eTicketing solutions and services.  Automatic fare collection systems or electronic ticketing and innovative transport ticketing solutions were created as a way of meeting this growing demand and creating a better travel experience.

Leaders in smart ticketing and mobile technology reveal HCE payments for travel trial on mobile phones

27 September 2016 0800 hours

A new technology that allows passengers to use their smartphone as a replacement for a paper or smart card ticket will soon become a reality for public transport passengers in West Yorkshire, reveals the national leader in smart ticketing standards.

ITSO, the organisation that manages the specification used by transport providers to implement smart ticketing schemes, is working with smart technology suppliers to the industry Rambus Ecebs and Penrillian to support  the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, in delivering this advancement in ticketing technology through a pilot project to inform work being undertaken by Transport for the North. This technology will enable passengers to purchase travel on their smart phone with confidence, quickly and easily.

The technology behind the mobile app was developed by Rambus Ecebs and uses Host Card Emulation (HCE), an approach used widely within the payment industry to enable software emulation of a traditional smartcard on a mobile phone.  This combined with an App, developed by Penrillian, enables passengers to purchase a ticket directly to their mobile phone.  The mobile device then acts as the “host” for that ticket and through the NFC facility communicates with the card reader/ticket barrier to enable automatic recognition of the purchased ticket, in exactly the same way as a smartcard.  This interaction sets aside the need for the passenger to show the ticket displayed on the phone screen to inspectors, while significantly increasing the security of the transaction.

Like all existing ITSO smart card solutions, the HCE technology on the phone will provide a strong security management system that guarantees the security of the transaction data at all times and enables interoperability, meaning different equipment and systems can talk to each other.

Steve Wakeland, General Manager, ITSO comments on the trial and the ongoing work with ITSO and HCE: “The delivery of the Transport for the North trial is a significant landmark in the development of HCE with ITSO on smartphones. We have been working very closely with our members and suppliers on the solution for the trial, and through their knowledge and expertise we have been able to identify various technologies and approaches relating to HCE.”

“We will continue to explore these different options, with the objective of identifying viable solutions for broader adoption and rollout by our members” Steve concludes. “We want to give our members the confidence to enter into this new market. What is clear is that we have identified a number of solutions that meet the high security standards placed on ITSO schemes which means that it is no longer as challenging as it used to be to provide mobile ticketing alongside classical contactless smart cards.”

Cllr Keith Wakefield, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said:  “Having been a leading player in the development of smartcard travel, through our MCard scheme, I am delighted the Combined Authority is a partner in this exciting pilot.

“It has the potential to benefit customers across the north, and further afield and we believe that customers will welcome the opportunity to use their smartphone to purchase a ‘smart ticket’ simply and easily, safe in the in the knowledge that the transaction is secure.”

The trial, due to commence in autumn, will use a small test group of staff who will be issued with NFC-enabled smartphones with the ITSO HCE app installed.  Staff will be able to test purchasing and downloading tickets to their phone as well as using the phone for validation purposes on ticket barriers.  The trial will operate on train lines between Huddersfield and Leeds stations where a number of its ticketing gates have been configured to accept this new ITSO-based technology.

Smart ticketing is one of the Transport for the North’s main goals in achieving its vision to boost the economy of the North of England with a host of transport improvements. The implementation of ITSO HCE will build upon the investment made to date using the ITSO technical specification, as well as take account of the emerging technologies.

David Brown, Transport for the North’s Chief Executive, said, “Shared payment platforms that allow truly smart ticketing across a number of devices, taking into account user preferences, are key to a positive passenger travel experience. This trial is one of a number of initiatives moving us closer to that vision.”

Rambus Ecebs Managing Director, Russell McCullagh said: “As the demand for interoperable smart ticketing grows, so does the use of mobile to deliver new and exciting services. Rambus Ecebs are delighted to support ITSO in delivering truly mobile and secure smart ticketing.”

Penrillian CEO Joanne Thompson said: “An Oyster-like card may be a convenient way of travelling but that bit of plastic is a cost to both the traveller and transport operator and those cards can be easily misplaced. The aim of this trial is to go beyond travel cards and turn the mobile phone into the ITSO ticket itself, making it even more convenient to use public transport.”

NFC Forum Forms Partnerships with Three Industry Consortia - 14 September 2016

14 September 2016

New Liaison Agreements to Expand NFC Adoption in Automotive, Public Transport, and Digital Identity Markets

The NFC Forum announced today the signing of liaison agreements with the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, and the Smart Ticketing Alliance. The goal of the alliances is to collaborate on joint projects to advance the adoption and usability of Near Field Communication (NFC) in key markets and technology sectors, including automotive, public transportation, and digital identity.

All of the collaborations are focused on educating the market, unleashing innovation, and removing barriers to interoperability. For consumers, they will help ensure that NFC’s benefits of greater ease, simplicity and enhanced security will be available in more places and more ways — when driving in their cars, taking public transport, or seeking to engage in secure online activity.

“These alliances confirm that, day by day, NFC is touching more parts of our lives — from our daily commute to the way we protect our digital identities online,” said Paula Hunter, NFC Forum executive director. “By working closely with the CCC, the FIDO Alliance, and the Smart Ticketing Alliance, the NFC Forum is taking a leadership role in accelerating the availability of NFC solutions to consumers throughout the world.”

Each agreement executed by the NFC Forum is tailored to the interests of the participating organizations and their members:

  • Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC)is dedicated to cross-industry collaboration in developing MirrorLink® global standards and solutions for smartphone and in-vehicle connectivity. The organization’s 90 members represent 70 percent of the world’s auto market, 70 percent of the global smartphone market, and a who’s who of aftermarket consumer electronics vendors. The CCC and NFC Forum’s liaison agreement provides for joint cooperation to develop new, innovative smartphone and in-vehicle connectivity solutions using NFC by sharing relevant automotive use cases and the free exchange of and reference to each other’s specifications.
  • FIDO Alliance provides open standards and certifications for an emerging interoperable ecosystem of personal devices and online services. This ecosystem of easy-to-use strong authentication capabilities enables service providers to reduce their reliance on passwords and deploy authentication solutions that provide a superior, simpler, and more trustworthy user experience. The liaison agreement between the FIDO Alliance and the NFC Forum provides for the exchange of technical requirements, sharing of use cases, and the joint evaluation of NFC Forum specifications to advance the interoperability of NFC Forum and FIDO technical standards, including FIDO-enabled NFC devices.
  • Smart Ticketing Allianceis a not-for-profit organization, registered in Belgium, for the cooperative and coordinated approach to establishing ticketing interoperability for the global Public Transport sector. This liaison agreement with the NFC Forum marks the next step in an expanding relationship between the two organizations featured in the March 2016 joint statement, along with GSMA, to advance the interoperability between NFC mobile devices’ contactless interface and globally relevant Public Transport readers and media. This new agreement deepens the collaboration on the use and certification of NFC devices in the global Public Transport sector.


“As the NFC Forum is the premier industry association dedicated to advancing NFC technology, we at CCC are extremely excited to join forces to collaborate on new and innovative ways to help make using the smartphone with the automobile simply better,” said Alan Ewing, Car Connectivity Consortium president. “We look forward to many meaningful and fruitful conversations to continue expanding the usefulness of the connected car.”

“The FIDO Alliance makes it a priority to work closely with industry associations to drive the use of FIDO standards and the technologies they support, such as NFC,” said Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance. “We are looking forward to working with the NFC Forum to promote the enablement of FIDO authentication in NFC devices globally.”

“The Smart Ticketing Alliance was founded to drive global ticketing interoperability across the Public Transport industry,” said John Verity, Chairman of the Smart Ticketing Alliance. “This liaison with the NFC Forum will accelerate our efforts, providing Public Transport Operators with a way to achieve compatibility between their own readers, such as ticket machines, validators, and gates, and the millions of NFC-enabled consumer devices in the marketplace.”

STA contributes to interoperability with a certification proposal - 13 July 2016

13 July 2016

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.


VDV ETS Sjef Janssen

Calypso Networks Ralph Gambetta

AFIMB Bernard Schwob

ITSO Sheila MacDonald

UITP Jarl Eliassen

NFC Forum and GCF Advance Device Interoperability for Public Transportation Systems - May 2016

3 May 2016

Cooperation Agreement Signed; NFC Forum Test Cases Recognized Across Organizations

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – The NFC Forum and the Global Certification Forum (GCF) announced today that they have entered into a cooperation agreement that allows both GCF and NFC Forum labs to run NFC Forum analog and NFC tag test cases and recognize test results across both organizations. This agreement represents a major step toward the objective of providing interoperable contactless public transport access and ticketing using a broad range of NFC-enabled devices worldwide. NFC Forum test cases have been added to GCF Certification Criteria for mobile devices incorporating ticketing and transport NFC-related functionality based on requirements defined in GSMA TS.26 NFC Handset Requirements Document and TS.27 NFC Handset Test Book.

Today’s news supports the recently released Milestone Public Statement and NFC Interoperability Positioning Paper published jointly by GSMA, Smart Ticketing Alliance, and NFC Forum.

“Incorporating NFC-based ticketing and transport functionality in the GCF Certification process will streamline the vital pre-launch testing of mobile devices,” said Lars Nielsen, General Manager, GCF. “This initiative will benefit the mobile industry and consumers by reducing testing costs and shortening time-to-market for this valuable device capability.”

GSMA has documented Mobile Operators requirements for NFC services, which include the implementation of mobile ticketing and transport services. Mobile handset manufacturers are supporting these guidelines to ensure the broadest range of interoperability for their devices. The long-term goal is to have NFC-enabled phones tested using NFC Forum test cases. Global, standardized NFC testing means that consumers will one day be able to access and pay for multiple forms of public transportation throughout the world with their NFC-enabled phones. This will allow passengers to board transportation faster, simplify fare collection, and provide a consistent experience from country to country and transit system to transit system.

Read the Joint GSMA/NFC FORUM/Smart Ticketing Alliance Milestone Public Statement.

Download the Joint Positioning Paper on Interoperability of NFC Devices in Transportation.

Learn more about the test cases, specifications, certification and FAQs.

Attend the NFC Forum Dallas, Texas member meeting.

“This is an ambitious, multiyear project we have embarked on. We are committed to working with public transportation organizations across the globe to make travel easier and more convenient using NFC technology,” said Paula Hunter, executive director, NFC Forum. “Working together with GCF through a network of GCF Recognized Test Organizations and NFC Forum Authorized Test Labs, we will promote the use of NFC test cases to validate NFC-enabled mobile devices. Validation will ensure that the devices meet industry specifications and are interoperable.”

About The Global Certification Forum
Established in 1999, the Global Certification Forum enables manufacturers to demonstrate that their wireless devices meet an internationally trusted benchmark of interoperability with mobile networks. Through the harmonization of testing, GCF certification provides comparability of test results between manufacturers and devices while generating economies of scale and a competitive market in the supply of test tools and services.

About the NFC Forum
The NFC Forum ( was launched as a non-profit industry association in 2004 by leading mobile communications, semiconductor, and consumer electronics companies. The Forum’s mission is to advance the use of Near Field Communication technology by developing specifications, ensuring interoperability among devices and services, and educating the market about NFC technology. The Forum’s global member companies are currently developing specifications for a modular NFC device architecture, and protocols for interoperable data exchange and device-independent service delivery, device discovery, and device capability. The NFC Forum’s Sponsor members, which hold seats on the Board of Directors, include leading players in key industries around the world. The Sponsor members are: Apple Inc., Broadcom Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd., Google, Inc., Intel, MasterCard Worldwide, NEC, Nokia, NXP Semiconductors, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Corporation, STMicroelectronics, and Visa Inc.

GlobalPlatform and Smart Ticketing Alliance Sign Memorandum of Understanding - July 2015

28 July 2015

Collaboration will meet industry demand for smart ticketing interoperability in the transport ticketing sector

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been agreed between the Smart Ticketing Alliance (STA) – the association driving a coordinated effort towards global ticketing interoperability for the public transport sector – and GlobalPlatform, the organization which standardizes the management of applications on secure chip technology.

The two bodies will combine their efforts to establish an interoperable framework for smart ticketing in the public transport sector.

The initial focus of the collaboration is to analyze the current market requirement for a secure, efficient and cost effective transportation ecosystem that is multi-modal and fullyGlobalPlatform interoperable across borders.

Following the initial evaluation stage, the STA will provide the business input to assist GlobalPlatform in developing an end-to-end simplified service framework for the public transport industry. This will outline the specifications and configurations – from GlobalPlatform and other industry bodies – that are needed for public transport market stakeholders to develop solutions aligned to specific market requirements quickly and cost effectively.

“We are delighted to engage in this coordinated effort with the STA,” comments Kevin Gillick, Executive Director of GlobalPlatform. “Cross-industry cooperation is essential to realize our STA newcommon goal of achieving an internationally recognized and adopted standard for smart transit ticketing.

“Creating an end-to-end framework will provide numerous benefits to the smart ticketing ecosystem. The framework will enable service providers to deploy services faster, and crucially, will facilitate multi-modal and cross-border ticketing interoperability. This means enhanced convenience for customers and greater flexibility for transport system operators.”

The STA, formally launched in 2014, is the product of a partnership between the national smart ticketing organizations of the UK (ITSO), Germany (VdV ETS) and France (AFIMB), alongside the Calypso Networks Association and the International Association for Public Transport (UITP). Its charter to establish global smart ticketing interoperability aligns closely with that of GlobalPlatform and its Transportation Sub-Task Force.

John Verity, Chief Advisor, ITSO and Chair of the STA concludes: “To optimize the latest smart media being used by customers, the transit sector needs security and speed delivered through a common specification. Collaborating with GlobalPlatform, a mature and proven provider of interoperable specifications that support multiple industries globally, will be instrumental in reaching these goals.”

For further media information, please contact Rob Peryer or Andrew Murgatroyd at iseepr: / or on + 44 (0) 1943 468007

New General Manager appointed for ITSO - January 2015

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28 January 2015

Steve Wakeland has been appointed General Manager of ITSO Limited, the DfT-supported membership organisation which develops the national specification for interoperable smart ticketing in transport.

ITSO also provides the security management system for ticketing scheme operators, as well as testing and certifying equipment for compliance to the Specification.

Steve joined the company in October 2011 as Governance Manager.

For more information contact Sheila MacDonald,

Smart Ticketing Alliance Launched - June 2014

24 June 2014

Two years after signing their Memorandum of Understanding, the five founder members of the Smart Ticketing Alliance formally launched the Alliance in Brussels to a wider audience of transport operators and industry players.STA new

The transport smartcard operators from 10 countries gathered in Brussels to confirm their support for joining with the founders and setting the Smart Ticketing Alliance onto a formal legal footing which will lead the way towards a single transport implementation specification for NFC phones across Europe, and cross-border acceptance facilitating the implementation and deployment of NFC-enabled devices.

Spurred on by endorsement from the EU’s Transport Commissioner, Siim Kallas, the Smart Ticketing Alliance has been busy setting up Working Groups looking at the contactless interface, NFC, certification and media security.

The STA was originally set up by the national smart ticketing organisations of the UK (ITSO), Germany (VdV), and France (AFIMB), plus the Calypso Network Association and UITP. ITSO’s John Verity has been elected as its first chair. “The transport smartcard industry is very fragmented and needs a single voice across Europe, and wider, to get what we need from the latest customer smart media. We need security, we need speed and we need consistency in response from suppliers,” said Verity.

The Smart Ticketing Alliance is organised as an international non-profit association. Its initial Full Members are the founding members with ticketing schemes (ITSO, VDV-ETS, CNA and AFIMB), while UITP will act as the STA secretariat. For more information see:


Andrew Canning, Press & Media Manager, +32 2 663 66 39,
Sylvie Cappaert-Blondelle, Communication Director, +32 2 661 31 91,

Sheila MacDonald :

Smart Ticketing Alliance Established - June 2013

28 June 2013

The Smart Ticketing Alliance will be established following the agreement of a charter by VDV KA (DE), ITSO (UK), AFIMB (FR), Calypso Networks and UITP. The Smart Ticketing Alliance will be a platform for a European and global cooperation. The founders of the Smart Ticketing Alliance invite other national and regional ticketing schemes to join.

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

This is another major step forward in making transport ticketing across parts of Europe simpler and easier for passengers: It creates a platform for cooperation throughout Europe and STA newglobally. The Charter includes cooperation on, and establishment of, a trust scheme for Public Transport that mirrors the Trust Schemes in the mobile phone industry, banking etc.

The February 2012 agreement commits the Alliance to cooperating on the development of Smart Ticketing interoperability based on the principles of Interoperable Fare Management (IFM) set out in the EU-IFM Project funded by the European Commission and the developments in contactless bankcards and NFC-enabled devices, particularly mobile phones.

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

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

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. The founder members of the Smart Ticketing Alliance invite other European stakeholders to join either as Full Members or at Associate level in the development of the Smart Ticketing Alliance.

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

Background information on the founders of the Smart Ticketing Alliance


ITSO Ltd. 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.


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.

Calypso Networks

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.


The French agency for multimodal information and smart-ticketing (AFIMB) 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


UITP is the international network for public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, scientific institutes and the public transport supply and service industry. It is a platform for worldwide cooperation, business development and the sharing of know-how between its 3,400 members from 92 countries. UITP is the global advocate of public transport and sustainable mobility, and the promoter of innovations in the sector.


ITSO: Sheila MacDonald

VDV KA-KG: Sjef Janssen

Calypso Networks: Ralph Gambetta

AFIMB: Bernard Schwob

UITP: Johan van Ieperen; Stenerik Ringqvist

Leading Public Transit Standards Bodies to Explore Ways to Advance Open Standards - May 2013

14 May 2013

OSPT Alliance and ITSO forge relationship

The Open Standard for Public Transport™ (OSPT) Alliance and ITSO Ltd, the organization responsible for the UK national specification for smart ticketing, today announced they have agreed to participate as members in each other’s organizations and to explore ways they can work together to promote the use of open security standards in public transit for smart ticketing and electronic fare collection systems.

Through their shared commitment to the use of open standards, these two leading public transit standards bodies intend to leverage the complementary aspects of their standards and ecosystems and discuss how they could be combined to create solutions that would be mutually beneficial to their respective members.

“We are pleased to have ITSO join the OSPT Alliance as an associate member, and look forward to exploring how our shared vision for the future of open standards in public transit can result in a mutually beneficial relationship,” said Laurent Cremer, executive director for the OSPT Alliance.

“ITSO is an established, recognized player in smart ticketing, and has developed some key technology we believe would be of great interest to OSPT Alliance members as they deploy fare collection systems based on the CIPURSE security standard.”

The CIPURSE open security standard addresses the need by local and regional transit authorities for future-proof fare collection systems with more advanced security than currently in use. Because it is an open standard, CIPURSE promotes vendor neutrality, cross-vendor system interoperability, lower technology adoption risks, higher quality and improved market responsiveness, all of which result in lower operating costs and greater flexibility for transport system operators.

“We welcome the OSPT Alliance as an affiliate member of ITSO, and look forward to their contribution in helping to ensure that public transport operators throughout the UK can continue to maintain the highest level of security in the smart ticketing systems they deploy,” said Lindsay Robertson, chief executive officer of ITSO.

“We believe that by working with the OSPT Alliance, ITSO will be better able to supply its members with a more diverse set of card products, including AES-based products, which is a solution the OSPT Alliance can deliver off the shelf in the form of CIPURSE.”

About ITSO
ITSO Ltd. 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 secure key management and distribution system specifically developed to enable ITSO-compliant smart ticketing systems to be set up.

About the OSPT Alliance
The OSPT Alliance is an international association chartered to define a new open standard for secure transit fare collection solutions. It provides industry education, creates workgroup opportunities and catalyzes the development and adoption of innovative fare collection technologies, applications and services.

The OSPT Alliance was founded by leading technology companies, and membership is open to technology providers, transit operators, consultants, solution vendors, government agencies and other stakeholders in the transit ecosystem. For additional information, please visit

For additional information:

Patrick Corman – OSPT Alliance –

Sheila MacDonald ITSO –

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