ITSO: The vision for smart and integrated ticketing

11 May 2010  •  Author(s): Michael Leach, ITSO

In December 2009, the UK Department for Transport (DfT) published its strategy for smart and integrated ticketing and in doing so clearly stated an aspiration to revolutionise public transport ticketing and to create a seamless transport experience for the end user. ITSO is at the heart of this vision, through providing and maintaining the ITSO Specification and the supporting security infrastructure.

The ITSO Specification is an open inter­operable smart ticketing standard developed in the UK under Crown Copyright. It provides the platform for integrated smart ticketing schemes in England, Scotland and Wales through enabling technical interoperability and in facilitating seamless travel across modes, operators and regional boundaries. The advent of the ITSO Specification paved the way for the development of interoperable ticketing infrastructures across the public transport sector.

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