CNA successfully organized the 3rd edition of the Smart Ticketing & Digital Services Forum, Budapest, 8-9 June 2017
More than 60 participants from over 15 EU and non-EU countries gathered at the 3rd edition of the Forum, one of the largest Ticketing events in Europe to debate about digitalization, the importance of standards, multi-applications and security.
The Forum kicked-off with a presentation of major digitalization projects across Hungary, the host country of the event. Various challenges and technical solutions for mobile ticketing have been presented and afterwards debated within a panel moderated by Zehra Chudry from GSMA. The first day ended with various insights on the funding opportunities for digitalization projects from the institutional side (EBRD), commercial (OTP Bank) and PPP (Rigaskarte).
The Forum 2nd day has been marked by the presentation of the global initiative to promote interoperability, Smart Ticketing Alliance, and the importance of certification. Various EU digitalization projects from Slovenia (Ministry of Infrastructure), Czech Republic, Lviv city and Romanian railways have been presented and debated with the public. A large panel on the various ticketing systems (account based, mobile, EMV), managed by Soren Sorensen (SMFCON) closed the day.
Among the main conclusions of the Forum we can mention the importance of ticketing alternatives based on open, non-proprietary solutions, the role of public transport to ease the life of passengers through multi-applications and shared media, and the importance of economic and cultural conditions of each city that need to be taken into account when deciding for a ticketing technology.
Last, the Forum represented the context in which important actors such as BKK (Budapest) and Romanian Railways shared with the public their news and latest projects. Miklós Kacskovics, Information Technology Project Manager at BKK Budapesti Közlekedési Központ - Centre for Budapest Transport, announced that in 2017 "the inhabitants of Hungary will have the possibility to validate on buses and the metro with their new e-ID card". Provided by Scheidt & Bachmann, the new automated fare collection, account based, is designed to integrate Open Payment and is compliant with NFC technology.
We thank our sponsors moovel Group GmbH, Wizway, eos.uptrade, highQ, Infineon, AQUIS Innovo and Oberthur Technologies for the successful deployment of the Forum and we look forward to meet you at the 4th edition in June 2018!
From 14th to 17th of May was held in Montréal the UITP Global Public Transport Summit, a worldwide event in the field, with this year 2500 participants from 84 countries, 330 companies from 30 countries displaying their innovative products and solutions in the 25,000 sqm Exhibition, with more than 13,000 visitors.
For CNA, such an important and strategic event, with high-level representatives of public transport, was of course an amazing opportunity to present its latest developments for the benefice of transport authorities and operators.
Numerous events organized by CNA punctuated these 3 days of the UITP summit:
- A General Assembly was held in the premises of the Société des Transports de Montréal, and we thank strongly our hosts for their support. This general assembly has seen the election of a new Board of Directors, composed of ACTV, CTS, INTERPARKING, LANDKREIS KONSTANZ, OTLIS, RATP, RIGAS KARTE, SNCF, STIB. This new Board of Directorselected its functions of chairman, vice-presidents, general secretary and treasurer.
- The Calypso booth on the UITP exhibition allowed to demonstrate the latest developments of CNA in the field of Mobile Ticketing and Account Based Ticketing solutions and the Software Development Kit which supports the CNA open source policy. It was mainly the opportunity to establish many contacts with authorities, operators, manufacturers and to evaluate the strong interest towards Calypso and its new strategy.
- The CNA strategy towards open source was presented by Ph. Vappereau, Chairman, during the “Ticketing and Payment” focus session. Please find here his presentation.
- A convivial evening was organized at the Pullman bar, a perfect moment for exchanges and networking.
CNA strongly thanks all those who have helped us to ensure the success of these different events, and all those who have showed their interest in Calypso and its future.
From the 8th of June to the 9th of June 2017, the 3rd Budapest Smart Ticketing & Digital Services Forum will take place at the Mercure Korona Hotel, in Budapest.
The Forum is one of the biggest events in Central Europe aiming to outline the future of smart ticketing by bringing together decision makers from the ITS and ticketing ecosystem, governmental bodies, service providers and specialists in the arena of transportation and related services.
This year’s event will be dedicated to the state-of-the-art of ticketing technologies with focus on mobile ticketing, the economic ratio of technology deployment, digital services and shall streamline the ideas related seamless travel and additional smart services to passengers.
A detailed agenda of the event and the registration form are available on the Forum dedicated website: www.calypso-budapest-event.org.
We welcome you at the 2017 edition to build together the future of smart ticketing in the CEE Region and beyond!