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Are Smart Cities The Future Of Humanity?

Digital technology has provided society with hundreds of advances that make life easier and better for everyone. From the personal computer to the internet to the smartphone to the Internet of Things, we are increasingly living in a technologically driven world. But what if those technologies were bound together and used to build a Smart City? What would it take to make such a complex network feasible? And what would it look like to live in a such a city? Are these just the fevered imaginings of science fiction writers or could it be a real possibility?

Let’s dig a little deeper.


The development of terminal requirements is in direct response to demand from reader and terminal manufacturers who want a secure, non-proprietary, hardware agnostic and globally interoperable messaging standard on which ticketing terminals can be developed. This activity also reflects OSPT Alliance’s efforts to support the full ticketing ecosystem.

OSPT Alliance is inviting reader and terminal manufacturers, and system integrators to join its existing community and ensure their needs are addressed.

Laurent Cremer, Executive Director of the OSPT Alliance, said: “The ticketing market is evolving to offer new ways to purchase tickets and validate your journey, such as account-based ticketing and a range of different mobile ticketing use cases. A ticketing kernel is no longer necessarily embedded in the terminal or reader, and system partitioning may vary across automatic fare collection systems and evolve over time. OSPT Alliance recognises that as the market continues to innovate, we must ensure that the system is saleable to support new form factors and applications. The System Integration Sub-Working Group will achieve this by specifying a non-proprietary API, which will be managed long-term by an open community, so it can evolve in line with market needs.”  

The group will define and publish the minimum requirements for terminals interacting with CIPURSE products in early 2018. The CIPURSE Certification Program will then be updated to incorporate the certification of terminals.

Cremer concludes: “To realise our mission of supporting the full ticketing ecosystem, it is vital that we can independently validate that the communication of a terminal is compliant with the CIPURSE specifications and will perform as intended with CIPURSE certified products.”

To participate in this work initiative, a company must be a Full or Affiliate OSPT Alliance Member. Membership is open to system integrators, as well as reader and terminal manufacturers, active within the contactless market (for example transit, loyalty and access control).  

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