Years ago, Israel made the choice of Calypso to ensure the interoperability of ticketing at the level of the whole country. The Calypso based interoperability has recently got over a major step with the deployment of a new ticketing system on the Israel Railways network.
From Nahariya in the North to Beersheba in the South, Israel Railways operate 55 stations, with 35 million yearly travelers. This network represents a key development for the national interoperability promoted by the Ministry of Transport.
Israel Railways had to renew its fifteen years old magnetic system and to fulfil to the standard of interoperability chosen by the government, based on the Calypso contactless technology. The Amanet group was leading this project, by developing the new central system for ticket and booking management. The Xerox company, with the assistance of his local partner Ludan Symcotech, has provided all the ticketing equipment, for sale, validation and control, ensuring software development, terminal deployment and maintenance. The system includes contactless cards and contactless tickets; its design has been foreseen for the use by disabled people; the maintenance is planned for 15 years.
Today, Israel Railways benefits from a modern ticketing system answering to all his needs. And for the Ministry of Transport it is a key step in the generalization of Calypso as the standard of interoperability at the national level.
“Smart Cities” Exhibition and Conference for South - East Europe took place from 11th to 13th March 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Conference and Exhibition promoted the latest urban innovations - the perfect match between environmental concerns and economic development.
The organizer was Via Expo. The focus of “Smart Cities” Exhibition and Conference was on intelligent transport, building management and automation, ICT technology implementation in the overall urban activity.
Speakers from the Calypso Networks Association, Etra, International Battery & Energy Storage Alliance, Architects’ Council of Europe, Transatel Mobile, Austrian Energy Agency, Telelink, Alvarion Technologies, NCE Smart Energy Markets etc. joined the event.
Calypso Networks Association representative, Danijela Baric presented the following topic: the relevance of smart ticketing in urban eMobility markets of the future.
With great success a Calypso User Group Meeting was held in Bologna in Italy on 5 march 2015.
With more than thirty participants from transport companies, industry, telecommunication and service providers a large range of topics was covered. Especially the aspects related to the Calypso applet on mobile devices and HCE were of relevance to the audience. Furthermore Smart Ticketing Alliance activities were presented.
The presentations made during the meeting are available below.
Brief outline of the institutional co-operation framework of CNA and the set up of the Smart Ticketing Alliance
Description of the SIM-centric approach with the CNA Calypso Applet delivered for free to Calypso members.
Overview of the status of the on-going works made within the CNA technical working groups about a Calypso solution based on HCE.
Outlook from the Seminar by Philippe Vappereau, Chairman of CNA