Open Standard Ticketing

is the future gateway to consumer mobility.

Mobility should be accessible, affordable, secure and reliable. Open standards achieve this by ensuring sustainability, lowering costs and promoting innovation.



Ticketing innovation. Technical standards bodies, Calypso Networks Association (CNA) and OSPT Alliance have formed a collaborative partnership to maintain and evolve existing standards and define the advancement of smart ticketing and mobility systems.



Infinite possibilities. Detailing open standards that are defined by and created for the ticketing and mobility community empowers transport and mobility operators to control how their ticketing systems advance. It encourages adoption of evolving technologies and expands access by enabling competition.



Community engagement. A platform for all participants to share requirements, opportunities and vision. New standards will evolve using collective insight – alongside the combined technical expertise and knowledge of the community – to evolve existing and future ticketing and mobility systems.



Why consider open ticketing standards for Account-Based Ticketing?

The coming years will be defined by a migration from legacy automated fare collection (AFC) systems towards forms of account-based ticketing. By championing openness, the industry can ensure this technology realises its full potential in both innovation and adoption.

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What are the benefits of open transports ticketing standards to operators and authorities?

Dispelling any myths and misconceptions of using open standards. 

This eBook provides key insights and understanding into:

  • What constitutes an open standard and the different type of standards the market uses.
  • The ability of standards to contain a ticketing system’s total cost of ownership.
  • How globally defined member-driven standards meet local needs and support innovation.
  • The vital role of the transport community in defining the functionality required.  
  • How ticketing standards can become the gateway to consumer mobility.

Focus Group Report

The next generation of transport ticketing and open technologies

Together, CNA and OSPT Alliance wanted to align stakeholders around the issue of evolving ticketing and open technologies. It organised two focus groups in order to gain better insight into market expectations. This document presents a synthesis of the information collected during the two focus group sessions:

  • An overview of key learnings;
  • The current state of the transport ticketing ecosystem today; 
  • The expectation of a future standard.
Focus Group collaboration CNA OSPT

Calypso Networks Association and

OSPT Alliance announce their collaboration

Philippe Vappereau, CEO of CNA, and Philippe Martineau, President of OSPT Alliance, explain why the two open ticketing standards bodies decided to engage in a program of cooperation.

  • Hear more about our long-term goal to converge our respective standards: Calypso® and CIPURSE™
  • See how we aim to simplify market complexities to benefit all ticketing players



Moves towards account-based ticketing could have a beneficial impact on the bottom line of transit agencies – and create happier travellers. ITS International reports on the convergence of CNA and OSPT Alliance.


CNA and OSPT Alliance are now collaborating to drive global adoption of open standards in transport ticketing, promoting an open and collaborative transport ticketing ecosystem.


Find out more about our partnership

Why do we need standards?

Standards are vital within the technology sector to ensure seamless operations between devices and systems, and to secure sensitive information. Bodies such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and Common Criteria (CC) are key in fulfilling this role.

These standards, however, are vast, covering many sectors and needs. It is therefore important to develop application standards that are uniquely created for a specific marketplace and function, such as the ticketing community.

By defining a ‘baseline’ that all parties can access and use within these sectors, those implementing the technology, such as public transport operators and authorities, do not get ‘locked-in’ to using a single vendor. This in turn encourages competition, keeps lifecycle costs low and enables focus on other ways to innovate and differentiate products.

Vital to application standards success is the ability for all participants within the community to be able to input, share knowledge and shape the future of the technology standards created. Public transport operators and authorities must have ultimate control of their systems.

Who provides specific transporting ticketing application standards today?

Calypso Networks Association (CNA) and OPST Alliance govern the Calypso® and CIPURSE™ standards respectively. Both have a wide reach globally, significant adoption and have co-existed in the market for many years.

In addition to standards development, the technical bodies have vast and active membership communities which contribute to the work programmes and shape their futures. Both bodies welcome participation from any party with an active interest in the ticketing and access control markets.

What is the aim of this collaboration?

The joint effort is not a revolution of the great work that has taken place to date, but an evolution to realise the potential of ticketing systems long-term. Working together, new standards will be created that align with existing systems and offer current users a roadmap to benefit from the latest innovations.

Combining insight, technical expertise and skills, as well as networking across a wide base of members to share visions for the future, the evolved standards will not only remain one step ahead, but they will become the central gateway to consumer mobility and access control services. The possibilities are limitless.

What are the benefits for Operators and Authorities?

Open standards designed by and uniquely developed for the transport community empower public transport operators and authorities with the ability to control the advancement of ticketing systems and have a ‘voice’ in the process.

This is achieved by:

  • Advancing global standardisation through the development of interoperable systems, which helps to share knowledge and contain system costs, by reducing manufacturer costs.
  • Promoting competition and lowering lifecycle management costs by avoiding vendor lock-in.
  • Encouraging the use of open source software, which is accessible and usable by all.

More widely, the long-term objective of the collaboration is to simplify:

  • Understanding of why open standards are valuable by creating a single, unified community.
  • The decision-making process by creating a common harmonised open approach for transport ticketing systems.
What are the benefits to the wider industry?

The collaboration combines unparalleled expertise from across the CNA and OSPT Alliance networks to focus on the next generation of ticketing systems. Insight, requirements, capabilities and future-thinking will merge to enable the ticketing community to achieve its potential and offer an innovative gateway that supports all mobility and access control services.

Defining a baseline in a transparent and trusted environment also creates a platform for new technology partners to successfully, effectively and efficiently engage in delivering ticketing systems. As media evolves – alongside new business partnerships and opportunities – a secure, solid and accessible infrastructure becomes fundamental for the industry to welcome new players, support disruptive innovations and achieve commercial scalability.

How will the collaboration impact existing deployments of Calypso® and CIPURSE™?

It will have no impact. CNA and OSPT Alliance will continue to maintain the existing specifications and tools. Any long-term developments will consider backwards compatibility and the compatibility of existing systems. Both associations will develop migration scenarios, detailing step by step how to transfer from an existing CALYPSO or CIPURSE implementation to a future joint specification. These will be developed in close cooperation with users / operators and shall be described in corresponding migration whitepapers.

What is the status of this activity?

Many activities are progressing operationally to establish the required governance to support the aims of this project, while protecting the legacy of both the Calypso and CIPURSE standards. This process requires extensive due diligence to safeguard all stakeholders.

In tandem, key industry participants are contributing to technical roadmap discussions to define how the collaboration achieves its goal, and the steps and processes required to succeed.

Informing audiences of this activity is also important, to ensure transparency in the process and awareness of the intentions of both bodies to the wider ticketing and access control community.

How can I get involved?

As truly open communities, both technical bodies welcome any party active or interested in digital ticketing. Organisations can become a member of the respective associations and support work efforts to promote the adoption of open standards. Both alliances gladly accept companies not yet supporting open standards in transport ticketing to join us on this journey.