|By Business Wire||
|February 13, 2013 06:01 AM EST||
Continuing its membership momentum into 2013, The Open Standard for Public Transport™ (OSPT) Alliance today announced that IntelCav of Brazil, MaskTech of Germany, and Smarting of Spain have joined the OSPT Alliance as Members. All three companies provide innovative technology to the transit market with products ranging from smartcards to custom embedded systems and software.
“We are delighted to welcome these three organizations to the OSPT Alliance,” said Laurent Cremer, executive director of the OSPT Alliance. “Each has a demonstrated track record of innovation in its respective country and market. Their endorsement of the CIPURSE™ open security standard is highly valued, and we look forward to working together to shape future transit and ticketing solutions for automatic fare collection (AFC).”
IntelCav is the eighth-largest bankcard manufacturer in the world, with one billion cards produced in 10 years. The company has pioneered card manufacturing and accelerated adoption of EMV migration. In addition to providing transit solutions, IntelCav also provides solutions for the authentication, identification, and telecom markets.
“Collection media is changing and we enable our customers to keep pace with change,” said Fernando Castejón, CEO of IntelCav. “The CIPURSE open standard offers transit agencies great flexibility in developing offerings that are convenient and easy to use for passengers.”
Germany’s MaskTech provides high security embedded operating systems/SoC designs for the identification and smart card market. Their embedded products are used in more than 45 countries’ eID, travel documents, public transport and micropayment systems. MaskTech is an independent supplier of chip operating systems with Common Criteria certifications on a unique variety of different semiconductors.
“We recently extended our open standards-based embedded product portfolio for public transport systems and are delighted to participate in defining the direction of transit and ticketing solutions with OSPT,” said Matthias Duensser, managing director of MaskTech. “With the CIPURSE open standard, we gain new impetus for innovation and more options for meeting our customers’ needs.”
System integration is the focus of Smarting. The company has extensive experience in systems engineering for public transit. An experienced team provides outstanding solutions and services to customers in Madrid, Barcelona, and other major Spanish metropolitan areas.
“The CIPURSE open standard specification will open the door to many new opportunities for our customers,” said Dani Fernández, executive chairman of Smarting. “We expect to help customers deploy CIPURSE-based solutions that enhance security and flexibility with no compromise to interoperability. We are delighted to join the OSPT Alliance.”
Interest in the OSPT Alliance remains strong among organizations across the entire transit ecosystem. Full members are commercial companies that are developing or intend to develop new CIPURSE-based products for automatic fare collection. They have complete access to specification documentation, working groups, certification, and other benefits. Associate members include transit agencies, industry associations involved in transit, and universities and research institutions with projects in public transit. OSPT also makes the CIPURSE specification available to evaluators who can download and review the specification after agreeing to a click-through license.
The OSPT Alliance offers the CIPURSE open security standard to address transit authorities’ need for future-proof automatic fare collection systems with advanced security. As an open standard, CIPURSE promotes vendor neutrality and cross-vendor system interoperability with reduced technology adoption risks, higher quality and improved market responsiveness—all of which can result in lower operating costs and greater flexibility for transport system operators. CIPURSE also offers a global basis for rapidly migrating transit fare systems to NFC-enabled mobile phones and other devices, and the standard supports the adoption of NFC transit applications for a truly future-proof solution. CIPURSE V2, the latest version of the standard, is available for download from the OSPT Alliance web site at www.osptalliance.org.
About the OSPT Alliance
The OSPT Alliance is an international association chartered to define a new open standard for secure transit fare collection solutions. It provides industry education, creates workgroup opportunities and catalyzes the development and adoption of innovative fare collection technologies, applications and services. The OSPT Alliance was founded by leading technology companies, and membership is open to technology providers, transit operators, consultants, solution vendors, government agencies and other stakeholders in the transit ecosystem. For additional information, please visit www.osptalliance.org.
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