Laurent Cremer - Articles and news items

OSPT Alliance announces first companies to receive CIPURSE V2 certification

Industry news  •  17 February 2015  •  OSPT Alliance

Industry body, the Open Standard for Public Transport (OSPT Alliance) has announced that Infineon Technologies and Oberthur Technologies are the first companies to have products certified to the latest version of its CIPURSE™ standard…

Security solutions provider, Feitian, joins OSPT Alliance

Industry news  •  30 June 2014  •  OSPT Alliance

The Open Standard for Public Transport Alliance, an international association which provides a new open standard for secure transit fare collection solutions has welcomed information security company, Feitian Technologies as a Full Member…

OSPT Alliance launches its certification program for the latest CIPURSE™ standard

Industry news  •  18 June 2014  •  The Open Standard for Public Transport Alliance

Program advancements include qualification of CIPURSE products that will support multiple proximity system environment functionality…

Multiple proximity system environment is defined by OSPT Alliance

Industry news  •  12 June 2014  •  OSPT Alliance

Specification advancements offer the first cross-market guidance to identify applications in a contactless access control environment…

Transit fare collection systems should be based on open standards, says OSPT Alliance

Industry news  •  22 May 2014  •  OSPT Alliance

White paper details the benefits of implementing open and vendor-neutral fare collection solutions…

Morpho joins OSPT Alliance as Full Member

Industry news  •  2 April 2014  •  OSPT Alliance

Company’s commitment to innovation motivates move toward Open Standards in transit…

Moving to open standards for future-proof automated fare collection systems

Issue 1 2012  •  17 February 2012  •  Laurent Cremer, Executive Director, OSPT Alliance

Mass transit system operators are witnessing a paradigm shift in automated fare collection (AFC) technology. These changes include outsourcing of AFC programme operations and real-time acceptance of third party-issued cards – changes that are likely to reshape the way that AFC is viewed by the industry for decades. As a result, transit agencies are facing new challenges and opportunities as they define the next generation of AFC systems. To ease this transition and to promote higher data security without the need for proprietary solutions, the OSPT Alliance, a vendor-neutral industry association, has introduced CIPURSE™, a new standard designed specifically for the next generation of fare collection technologies.

Fare collection systems hit the wall

For the past two decades, the default solution for AFC systems has been a contactless smartcard-based programme. Such systems have been based on proprietary technologies and customised to the unique needs and fare policies of each agency. Over time, systems built on proprietary solutions have proven to lack flexibility for adapting to changes in fare policy, smartcard features, or the addition of new system components. In addition to requiring specialised expertise, updating proprietary fare collection systems usually incurs substantial expense. However, until recently, the lack of comprehensive standards for card data structures and security has inhibited opportunities for alternatives to evolve.