Calypso Networks Association - Articles and news items
Industry news • 11 June 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
Seamless trans-border travel will soon become a reality after Calypso Networks Association (CNA) announced its proposal for the Triangle trans-border interoperable ticketing solution between France and Belgium.
Issue 3 2012, Supplements • 26 June 2012 • Suvi Rihtniemi, Executive Director, Helsinki Regional Transport Authority / Philippe Vappereau, President of Ixxi and Chairman of Calypso Networks Association / Lindsay Robertson, Director of Member Services, ITSO Ltd / Stephen King, Marketing & Sales Manager, Go North East
Redesigning Helsinki’s fare and ticketing system (Suvi Rihtniemi, Executive Director, Helsinki Regional Transport Authority)
Calypso developments: benefits, technology and implementations (Philippe Vappereau, President of Ixxi and Chairman of Calypso Networks Association)
Making a ‘smart’ move (Lindsay Robertson, Director of Member Services, ITSO Ltd)
The key to transforming the passenger ticketing experience (Stephen King, Marketing & Sales Manager, Go North East)
Currently, only 10% of transport cards are micro-processor cards. However, this proportion has started to grow and will continue to increase if the transport market wants to provide the most secure solutions for fare management.
Calypso cards account for 85% of those used today – outside the SONY FELICA non-standard proprietary card used in Japan. At the moment they are used in Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, and Switzerland and also in many other places outside of Europe. In the UK they are compliant with ITSO specifications (see Figure 1 on page 38) which makes them best suited for the first level of any interoperable fare management system that is oriented to benefit from the top security level. As the necessity to increase security becomes more apparent, they offer an open solution, with multiple vendors, with the possibility to follow the progress of silicon technologies and those of multi-application platforms, whatever the fare policies and business rules between stakeholders.
It makes sense to say that contactless technology will be an issue in the near future. Although the beginning was difficult, contactless technology is now so well accepted that the question is not ‘do we need contactless technology?’ but more ‘what can we do with contactless technology?’ If you are still sceptical, just go to any big smartcard event – take Cartes 2006 for instance, and you will be overwhelmed by the number of applications and products using contactless technology. In the following article we will look at where the technology is coming from and where it is going.