April 2017- OSPT Alliance newsletter





A note from the Executive Director...

Welcome to the first edition of CIPURSE™ Connext, OSPT Alliance’s refreshed newsletter, which not only offers a new name, but also new insights on the important work of the association and the CIPURSE standard.
You might be wondering where the new name has come from? Well, the name integrates two important notions from OSPT Alliance. 1) to ‘connect’ the industry using open standards, 2) support the move towards the ‘next’ generation of automated fare collection solutions.
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It’s hard to believe that GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC) took place over a month ago. During the event, OSPT Alliance held its General Meeting, which was kindly hosted by one of our members,

ATM Barcelona. The meeting provided an opportunity for our members to hear the latest updates from our working groups, understand the key strategic objectives for the year ahead and elect our two new Board members, Cesare Paciello from Arjo Systems and Philippe Martineau from Rambus. We are delighted to welcome Cesare and Philippe to the Board.
I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate our host, ATM Barcelona, on a successful MWC where it presented its new CIPURSE-based public transport application, which will be installed in Barcelona and Catalonia.
Finally, I am pleased to announce that in the space of just two weeks, OSPT Alliance has welcomed four new Full Members. Read the 'Meet OSPT Alliance's latest members' update below to find out more.

Kind regards,

Laurent Cremer
Executive Director
OSPT Alliance





Success at key industry events

Since the start of the year, OSPT Alliance representatives have attended a number of key industry conferences to discuss the important topics impacting the transit, ticketing, access control and micro-payment markets today:
Transport Ticketing Global
In January, OSPT Alliance attended Transport Ticketing Global in London to demo the world’s first HCE open standard for transit that uses CIPURSE tokens. Developed collaboratively by members of the OSPT Alliance HCE Sub-Working Group (HCE SWG), the demo showcased how a diverse list of certified products can interoperate to deliver an open and flexible transit ticketing solution.
To learn more about the work of the HCE SWG, download the latest white paper from the alliance: HCE Based Transport Ticketing Solution Combining CIPURSE & Tokenization.
Transport Ticketing Americas
Following on from the success at the London event, Laurent Cremer attended  Transport Ticketing Americas, which took place in March in Mexico City. Laurent delivered a presentation focusing on the potential CIPURSE holds for the Latin American market.
SCA Payments Summit
Also in March, MWG Co-Chair, Fabrice Jogand-Coulomb and North American WG member, Arnaud Moser, attended the SCA Payments Summit in Orlando, Florida to deliver a presentation focused on the role of CIPURSE in transit and OSPT Alliance’s activities in North America.



Upcoming events

This month, Yannick Le Goff, President of the OSPT Alliance Board, is presenting  at the Contactless Intelligence Conference in London. Yannick will discuss how open standards can bring innovation to the end user. Interested in attending the event? See below for details of how OSPT Alliance members can receive an exclusive registration discount.
Laurent Cremer is also attending the UITP Summit in Montréal, Canada, from 15-17 May. Please contact if you are interested in arranging a meeting.



Watch our new webcast series!

OSPT Alliance has launched a series of webcasts which feature subject matter experts offering an introduction to the alliance and CIPURSE. Each webcast provides insight into key topics impacting the ticketing, access control and micro-payment markets today.
Listen to the webcasts now:

If you have a suggestion for a topic that you would like OSPT Alliance to address in an upcoming webcast, please contact



Our Vision 2020 Webinar

In January, we hosted our first webinar of the year, ‘OSPT Alliance Vision 2020’. The session, hosted by Laurent Cremer, alongside Yannick Le Goff, President of the OSPT Alliance Board, and Franz Brucklmayr, Chair of the Technical Working Group, examined the association’s strategic scope expansion. The presentation also highlighted the major areas of technical focus for the coming year, and launched the new Affiliate membership category along with an explanation of what this means for the transit, ticketing and payments ecosystems. Listen now.



Our next OSPT Alliance event in Chicago

We are delighted to invite you to attend our exclusive workshop ‘Making your fare collection systems future-proof with open, non-proprietary and secure transit solutions’, which takes place on Thursday 18 May in Chicago, Illinois. Hosted by OSPT Alliance member,, the free to attend event offers a unique opportunity to learn more about OSPT Alliance’s CIPURSE™ open standard and discover the benefits it presents for transit solutions. Featuring an impressive line-up of speakers and a number of networking opportunities, interested parties are encouraged to register their attendance as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

To confirm your place, please email The full agenda will be made available shortly on the OSPT Alliance website.



Check out our new HCE infographics

HCE and ticketing combined have the potential to drive the use of smartphones in transport. The technology can support:

  • Value added services: enabling seamless mobile driven consumption experiences, such as micro-payment and merchant loyalty schemes.
  • Banks, ­fintechs: provisioning of account-based ticketing credentials
  • Mobility as a Service: bringing interoperability to connect adjacent systems, such as parking, bike rental and car sharing.

Learn more by viewing, downloading and sharing our HCE infographics.



Meet OSPT Alliance's latest members

The first quarter of 2017 has proved to be OSPT Alliance’s most successful in terms of membership as we welcome four new Full Members since the start of the year:

  • Cardtek. A provider of innovative end-to-end payment solutions for financial institutions, processors, telecom operators, personalization bureaus, retailers, terminal and card vendors, and public transportation authorities.


  • ITSO. An independent, non-profit distributing organization which aims to make travelling on public transport throughout the UK seamless and easier by using open smart ticketing technology. ITSO is fast-approaching 20 million cards in circulation and generating nearly 2 billion smart journeys per annum.


  • Mobicash. A single cashless mobile financial platform offering a cost efficient suite of transaction processing, switching and mobile payments.


  • RambusA global leader that develops technologies and solutions from the data center to the mobile edge, including secure smart card & mobile-based ticketing solutions. 



Spotlight on our new Full Member, Cardtek

This issue, we spoke with Erdal Yazmaci, General Manager, Digital Payment & EMV Solutions at Cardtek, to find out Cardtek’s motivation for joining OSPT Alliance and what it hopes to achieve through its membership.  
Why has Cardtek joined OSPT Alliance?
At Cardtek, we have a keen interest in NFC, HCE and mobile ticketing and we therefore look forward to contributing to the work of the OSPT Alliance HCE SWG. We are excited to share our insights on the opportunities for the application of HCE technologies in the mobile and transit industries.
What are your company’s key priorities and activities over the next 12 months in relation to CIPURSE?
With the potential for HCE and mobile ticketing applicability in transport, we’re interested in working together with likeminded people in OSPT Alliance to bring forward HCE NFC-based mobile ticketing solutions. We already have a number of live transit projects in Europe, India and Turkey, and we have many opportunities in North America, Europe and Dubai. We hope to deploy new solutions based on the CIPURSE open standard.
What do you identify as the key market challenges that you currently face and how will Cardtek’s participation in OSPT Alliance help address these challenges?
Today, it is clear that the transit industry needs open standards to enable it to deliver interoperable, efficient, cost-effective and innovative services to consumers. Many of the systems in place today, such as bar code and QR code-based mobile ticketing have experienced problems in terms of convenience and security.
We look forward to bringing our 16 years of experience in the mobile and transit sectors to OSPT Alliance and working with our fellow members to investigate the use of alternative applications such as HCE and how the use of open standards, such as CIPURSE, have the potential to revolutionize these industries.




Exclusive member discounts at industry events

The Contactless Intelligence Conference takes place on 28 April, in London, UK.
OSPT Alliance members are entitled to a 15% discount on registration. Members can redeem their discount by contacting 

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