CNA Partners

CNA established numerous and fruitful partnerships and cooperation with other associations and organisms who share the same goals to facilitate seamless travels for customers, standardized solutions for operators and authorities, interoperability for both.

STA – The Smart Ticketing Alliance.

The Smart Ticketing Alliance was established following an agreement by VDV ETS (DE), ITSO (UK), AFIMB (FR), Calypso Networks and UITP.

The Smart Ticketing Alliance is a platform for European and global cooperation. The founders of the Smart Ticketing Alliance invite other national and regional ticketing schemes to join.

Following the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed February 2012, the Smart Ticketing Alliance has now been founded by representatives of the organizations of VDV ETS (Germany), ITSO (UK), AFIMB (France) and Calypso Networks Association, together with representatives of UITP (International Association of Public Transport).

This is another major step forward in making transport ticketing across parts of Europe simpler and easier for passengers: it creates a platform for cooperation throughout Europe and globally. The Alliance includes cooperation on, and establishment of, a trust scheme for Public Transport that mirrors the Trust Schemes in the mobile phone industry, banking etc.

The February 2012 agreement commits the Alliance to cooperate on the development of Smart Ticketing interoperability based on the principles of Interoperable Fare Management (IFM) set out in the EU-IFM Project funded by the European Commission and the developments in contactless bankcards and NFC-enabled devices, particularly mobile phones.

The Smart Ticketing Alliance represents a coordinated approach for establishing Smart Ticketing interoperability in the public transport sector.

The main goals of the Alliance are:

  • Cooperation between national and regional Smart Ticketing schemes to establish interoperable Smart Ticketing in Europe and elsewhere.
  • To develop, agree on and publish the functional and technical requirements for smart ticketing interoperability
  • Cooperation on the establishment of Trust Schemes, Specifications and Certification
  • Cooperation with other European and International bodies to promote interoperability in Smart Ticketing

Full membership is open for national ticketing schemes and regional groups of Public Transport Authorities/Companies cooperating in the electronic Smart Ticketing area. Associated members are welcome. The founding members of the Smart Ticketing Alliance invite other European stakeholders to join either as Full Members or at Associate level in the development of the Smart Ticketing Alliance. A coordinating Secretariat will be established for the Smart Ticketing Alliance from within the UITP to provide a single contact point.


ITSO Ltd. is the non-profit distributing organization that oversees the ITSO Specification for smart ticketing in the UK. ITSO helps its members to set up and run ITSO-compliant smart ticketing schemes, tests and certifies smart ticketing equipment to ensure it meets the ITSO standards and ensures the ITSO Specification is up to date and fit for purpose. ITSO operates the ITSO Security Management System (ISMS), a highly secure key management and distribution system specifically developed to enable ITSO-compliant smart ticketing systems to be set up.


VDV- ETS is the open and secure German standard for electronic fare management systems (EFM) which enables passenger to move freely and easily between public transport companies without having to deal with different tariff zones and ticket machines (interoperability). It provides an open platform which not only allows transport operators to integrate their back office systems as well as those of multimodal and multifunctional partners. The VDV-ETS regulates the cooperation of the various stakeholders in EFM systems at an organizational level (eTicket Germany is the brand name of the VDV ETS).


The French agency for multimodal information and smart-ticketing (AFIMB) is linked with the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. Its steering committee gathers representatives of transport authorities, users, transport operators and relevant public administrations. The agency aims to promote interoperability in the areas of multimodal information and smart-ticketing and supports standardization.


UITP is the international network for public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, scientific institutes and the public transport supply and service industry. It is a platform for worldwide cooperation, business development and the sharing of know-how between its 3,400 members from 92 countries. UITP is the global advocate of public transport and sustainable mobility, and the promoter of innovations in the sector.


ADCET is a non-for-profit association created in 2005, and brings together public and private members to promote the development of electronic transactions in territories and universities in order to improve the lives of end-users and the communities’ management.

Its domains of intervention are: administrative procedures, purchasing, loyalty, parking and public transport, public services, tourism, universities, etc.

The main mission of ADCET is to contribute to the definition of standards in those domains in order to promote new, open and sustainable technical architectures, and a comprehensive range of services and products.

To achieve its objectives the ADCET conducts working groups among its members, informs stakeholders on market developments through its website, the social networks and a newsletter.  It holds a yearly conference.