2017, the first year of a new era for Calypso

2017 is the first year of a new era for Calypso. To answer to the deep and accelerated changes of ticketing, whether functional or technological, Calypso Networks Association has engaged a heavy program.

Whatever the solution, the provider, the technical choice, the Calypso brand must remain, for all, a guarantee of security and interoperability.

In a ticketing environment, more and more complex, with more and more solutions, with more and more actors, CNA now intends, not only to develop and promote globally Calypso as it has been used to do it for fifteen years, but also to adopt a new technical and business model, inspired from the open source one.


Indeed, CNA’s responsibility is to guarantee to Calypso’s users the sustainability of this ticketing standard, used worldwide in more than 125 cities and regions. This very simple principle requires that Calypso remains in touch with the needs of its users, at the forefront of the most recent technologies, and able to adapt to new business models.

To manage all this CNA has set-up a permanent team, with the relevant skills, dedicated to lead and coordinate all development and promotion activities with the support of many contributors from its members.

The previous statutes of the Association were no more able to provide a relevant legal framework in phase with the ambition and with the program of CNA.

Consequently, on 2017, January 30th, Calypso Networks Association new statutes have been registered by the Commercial Court of Brussels.

The new statutes are intended to give a better-balanced governance between the different actors, operators, authorities, providers, to open the Association to a community of developers, to provide the necessary means for improving its capacity of action and its support to the Calypso’s users.

A gold status has been created, accessible to all members who wish to bring a stronger support to the Association, giving a direct access to the Board and CNA governance, and with the benefice of Calypso’s experts support.

Calypso at Transport Ticketing Global

Last 25th January, CNA presented the Challenges of providing a ticketing standard as open source at the at London Transport Ticketing Global.  

Coming from a rather closed technical and industrial environment, public transport relies more and more on open solutions. This movement towards openness is very clear in the field of passenger information where open data allows to create new high valued services for passengers, through APIs and open source software. 
Calypso strongly thinks that ticketing has to follow the same way, by offering open source solutions in order to facilitate access to multimodal transportation actors, including sustainable and new modes.

Discover more during the Calypso Conference at Transport Ticketing Americas in Mexico, the first dedicated smart ticketing forum bringing together the entire public transport community in Latin America and in the Caribbean to explore the developments in smart ticketing.

To know more about Americas Transport Ticketing Americas in Mexico :

HCE Security issues

A “Security” study with Mines Telecom Paris, led jointly by CNA and AFIMB.

In the field of mobile ticketing, the CNA mission is to issue specifications answering to all needs of users, taking into account different eco systems and institutional contexts, benefiting from the most recent available technologies and in the respect of its principles of security, interoperability and openness.

Among the different solutions for mobile ticketing, HCE represents a specific stake in terms of security, and CNA has to provide adequate answers to legitimate requirements in this matter, thanks to a step-by-step program of development. Thus:

CNA published last summer the version 1.2 of the specifications of the "Calypso HCE application".     

-          At this stage, they are strictly experimental and limited to pilots,

-          They need to be completed by security measures which induce back-office evolutions,

-          These security measures are presently studied, and will be published in the "HCE Calypso Guidelines" to come in June 2017,

-          The "HCE Calypso Guidelines" will include the recommendations of the study ordered by AFIMB and CNA, realized by an independent expert from the “Mines Telecom Paris Institute”.

The operational on-the-field deployment of a HCE Calypso solution will then follow the specifications and the minimum requirements of security of the "HCE Calypso Guidelines".

To learn more about this study

To learn more about the AFIMB