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TICKETING: Not-for-profit contactless ticketing body the Calypso Networks Association has announced Eclipse Keyple 2·0, an open source framework to facilitate the development of software for ticketing terminal applications compatible with both Calypso and proprietary specifications. This is intended to significantly lower the time and cost to develop and deploy upgrades.

Keyple was developed with the Eclipse Foundation open source community to enable transport operators and authorities to easily implement ticketing terminal software independent from their existing hardware and infrastructure, avoiding vendor lock-in and reducing the investment required.

‘Upgrading transport ticketing systems to meet the evolving needs of passengers can be time-consuming and prohibitively expensive for organisations using proprietary systems’, said CNA Chief Executive Philippe Vappereau. ‘This often leads to transport networks waiting several years to renew their system to meet current and future ticketing requirements. It damages the customer experience and discourages uptake of public transport.

‘Our goal at CNA is to empower the transport community to control and evolve the smart ticketing ecosystem and help make mobility-as-a-service a reality. Keyple 2·0 means transport organisations can now modify ticketing software independently from their hardware solutions, for example whenever they want to implement a new tariff. Ticketing suppliers no longer need to develop and maintain their own complex library to handle Calypso processing or solution evolutions, nor do they need to adapt solutions specifically to integrate an existing ticketing system.

‘Keyple’s modular approach enables developers — even those who are new to Calypso — to quickly, easily and inexpensively integrate advanced smart ticketing solutions into their public transport offer.’