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Interoperable Fare Management Project

This project aims to make access to public transport networks more user-friendly by facilitating their accessibility. By 2015 smart ticketing systems will be compatible to ease access to all the users of public transport. The objective of the “Interoperable Fare Management Project” (IFM Project) is to provide travellers with shared types of contact-less media throughout Europe. These can be used for multiple transport products (“tickets”) in different geographic areas and for sustainable modal switching, such as the use of “Park and Ride”. Today, most media are restricted for use in specific networks.

Press Release

Seamless travel throughout Europe on a single smart card:

Calypso, ITSO, and VDV are the first to demonstrate interoperable multi-application smart ticketing in international public transport use

9th June 2010

Three European smart ticketing organisations Calypso Network Association (Belgium), ITSO (UK) and VDV (Germany) have demonstrated that a single smart card can be used for public transport across all three ticketing systems.

In an innovative international multi-application demonstration, tickets from three national transport ticketing applications – British ITSO, French NaviGO and German Core Application (VDV-KA) – were loaded onto a card, proving that a single smart card can be used for travel on local public transport networks in different countries. This is a major step forward in smart ticketing technology, as most smart cards are currently restricted for use on a specific network.

Interoperability demonstrations took place at the beginning of May 2010 during the UITP hosted Interoperable Fare Management Forum. The meeting and demonstration concluded the work of a two-and-a-half year EU-IFM Project, which objectives was to increase access to public transport networks in Europe and make it more user-friendly and compatible through provision of interoperable ticketing devices.

The Project was coordinated by ITSO. The interoperability demonstration was managed by RATP (France) with active participation from VDV and technical assistance from Nextendis (France) and ESP Systex (UK). The card used is a common production card from VDV.

The full conclusions of the IFM1 Project, including the Roadmap to Implementation of IFM across Europe can be found below

D7.3 - Road map for the long term development strategy