OùRA! : interoperability in Rhône-Alpes (France)

The inhabitants of the French region Rhône-Alpes have now a single medium to access to public transport.

The OùRA! Card covers all the different means of transport of 8 departments, including the urban and suburban networks of all cities (Lyon, Grenoble, Saint-Etienne, Valence …), the interurban networks, and the French regional railways operated by SNCF (TER). It also includes Genève with Unireso. It represents more than one million contactless cards, and it is the result of an agreement between 27 different Transit Authorities of the Region.

The OùRA! Card can store interoperable transport tickets valid in every networks, but also all the existing specific transport tickets of each transport operator.

For Calypso, it demonstrates its strong potential for interoperability at whatever level, regional or national, and even international with Triangle.

Mobile ticketing deployment in France

Offered since 15 October in Basse Normandie by the SNCF, NFC ticketing on mobile phones is now available for regional railways in 5 new French areas.

Developed by SNCF, the French railways, in partnership with Orange and SFR, the mobile network operators, and in combination with the regions, NFC ticketing on mobile phones for regional railways (TER) represents a major innovation in terms of ticketing. It allows a single gesture, ”buy, validate and control your TER ticket with your NFC mobile”. Offered since 15 October in Basse Normandie and now available in 5 new French areas : Alsace, Aquitaine, Haute-Normandie, Lorraine and Midi-Pyrénées, the app SNCF TER NFC is based on CALYPSO Triangle 2.

 

Mobile services for seamless traveling

 

With the app SNCF TER NFC, the phone becomes a single medium to travel in TER and can offer a simpler and seamless service to the customer. Free of charge and identical in each Region where it is used, this application can be used on almost 75 Android smartphone models equipped with an NFC SIM card and an Orange or SFR subscription. Through this service, the ambition of SNCF is to support emerging uses of mobile and NFC in transport. Today, 2 travelers on 3 have a smartphone and 7.2 million of NFC mobile phones are in service in France.

 

The CALYPSO applet at the heart of this mobile ticketing service

 

The app SNCF TER NFC is based on CALYPSO, the open standard that provides a fully standardized solution. The Calypso Networks Association applet is delivered free of charge to every CNA member, operator or manufacturer; it is thet basis of an interoperability of mobile ticketing at urban, regional, national and international level, especially through the use of Triangle 2 specific functionalities.

Interoperability of ticketing in Israel

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.

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