TICKETING: Embedded applications industry association GlobalPlatform has published a technical framework designed in collaboration with the Smart Ticketing Alliance and mobile operators' organisation GSMA which aims to ensure that interoperable mobile ticketing is brought to market efficiently and securely.
GlobalPlatform Systems End-to-End Simplified Service Management Framework Transport v1.0.0 specifies the workflows, overall architecture and configurations that should be used to ensure interoperability across interfaces and devices.
Smart Ticketing Alliance Chairman John Verity said this would allow transport operators to deliver mobile ticketing with the same levels of security as smart card schemes, emulating a smart card within a mobile device by using a secure element that can communicate with NFC-enabled ticketing machines. 'Prior to this framework, fragmentation was widespread; different implementation and management models were created for different devices by different operators in different cities and regions', he said. 'This level of industry collaboration between the transport ticketing market, the GSMA and GlobalPlatform, streamlines the deployment process and improves interoperability by outlining a basic infrastructure model that is proven and ready to implement.'
‘GlobalPlatform's specifications provide the architecture to effectively deliver innovative and convenient mobile ticketing services, without compromising security or privacy', said Mike Eastham, Chief Advisor, Technology, at ITSO Ltd and GlobalPlatform Public Transportation Sub-Task Force Chair. 'This new document is a turning point for mobile ticketing services, bringing a clear and simple guide on how existing standards can be applied. Using this consistent template, the transport community can speed up the deployment of mobile ticketing solutions, optimise existing smart card acceptance infrastructures and ensure interoperability between different transport operators.'