Calypso 2014 Awards ceremony

For the second time, on the occasion of CNA annual Open Session, the Calypso Awards ceremony took place on the 5th of November.

The winner of the category Best Customer Value was Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois (CTS) with U’GO and the winner of the category Best Innovation was CARD4B SYSTEMS S.A with VIVA Parking & VIVA Portal.


Best Customer Value

With U’GO, for the first time, CTS clients have access to the whole range of ticket options on smart media. Thus U'GO also contributes to sustainable development. 12 million tickets are used in Strasbourg every year. Replacing these tickets on smart media will have an immediate impact on the environment.

The other nominees in the Best Customer Value category were:

Card Project srl with its Titolo Integrato Campania or T.I.C. which is the new regional electronic ticket for the Campania Region. The new regional smart cards will be used by over 3,5 million people and are designed for multi-application use and multi operator interoperability.

Lower Normandy Region with its TER NFC Basse-Normandie project that is a service that allows customers to buy and validate their regional trains tickets with an NFC smart phone. It offers a simplified service for passengers at every step: shopping, payment, validation and control.


Best Innovation

CARD4B SYSTEMS S.A with VIVA Parking & VIVA Portal provides citizens full customer service and interoperability between parking and transport. The system is used for on-street parking, parking lots, reserved historical and pedestrian zones.

The other nominees in the Best Innovation category were:

Poste Mobile with its project : Android Mobile App for Calypso Ticketing Lifecycle Management. The project developed a general purpose Android Mobile Application to manage the full lifecycle of a Calypso Ticket. The application interacts with a secure element in the mobile device (i.e. NFC SIM Card). with its RAV-KAV App which is a mobile application that uses NFC in Android phones in order to give passengers of public transport in Israel comprehensive information about their Calypso card.


With the intent to reward the actors on the market who contributed to the promotion and development of Calypso, the “Calypso Awards” represent the most prestigious yearly reward. CNA was very happy to see such a wide participation to the Awards and thanks all participants for their work and dedication.



Calypso open session the 5th of November

Year after year, the Calypso open session is the yearly event which regroups all the Calypso community for a nice evening.

Once again, the 2014 open session was a real success, with more than 100 participants gathered on the Melody Blues peniche on the Seyne River. It was a great opportunity for informal exchanges and to learn more about the development of Calypso and the main orientations that CNA will undertake for the next years.


See all the photos of this evening

Calypso promotes convergence between banking and ticketing

For a long time banks and transport operators have been looking for a solution to offer their customers a single support for payment and access to public transport and at the same time eliminate paper tickets.

In France the development of contactless payment cards and a common ticketing application (ABC), based on the standard Calypso (Triangle 2), create favorable conditions for the convergence between banking and public transport.

Indeed the existence of a national application, accepted in most transit systems, opens up its generic integration into all bank cards in optimizing costs.

In this perspective Calypso Networks association  and ADCET created a joint working group, bringing together banks, transport operators, manufacturers, the Ministry of Transport and territories to work on the customer experience and launch pilot sites to validate the end-users' appetite for this concept.

The number of casual tickets France is estimated at over 1 billion tickets annually and is growing. Dematerialization of these tickets is interesting for all parties: it is ecological, it improves the lives of users, it reduces the costs of issuing and significantly increases the number of contactless payments.

The last results of the working group will be presented in several conferences:

At Cartes November 6th