ITSO has relied on Clear2Payâs test technology and knowledge and used the companyâs in-house laboratory to certify the ITSO vendor community since 2003. Under the terms of the new contract, Clear2Pay facilitates knowledge transfer so that ITSO can operate its own testing and certification centre. This centre, operational since July, enables ITSO Members and third party vendors to certify transport smart cards and devices against the prevailing specifications. Building on years of ITSO expertise, Clear2Pay will continue to provide Test Tools and Services to vendors, helping them to perform a straightforward pre-certification of their equipment.
The UKâs Department for Transportâs Smart and Integrated Ticketing Strategy sets a vision for British passengers to travel with tickets stored on smart cards or mobile devices. This paperless public transport infrastructure is expected to deliver many benefits for UK travelers, such as faster boarding times, reduced queuing, and increased public transport use, among other things.
The British Government is committed to delivering, with operators and public sector bodies, the infrastructure to enable most public transport journeys to be undertaken using smart ticketing by December 2014. ITSO, which is part funded by the Government, plays a very important part in achieving this vision. A growing number of ITSO-compliant smart ticketing schemes are in operation or development across England, and the Scottish and Welsh national schemes are already ITSO-compliant. With ITSO now shifting to a higher gear, the need for a UK Certification Centre is imperative.
Michael Leach, Chief Executive Officer at ITSO, states: âITSO and its supplier community have been very well served by Clear2Pay in Belgium, but it is time to bring these services in-house so that we can have a closer relationship with our expanding transport service community and help them and the Government achieve their goals.â.
Marie Costers, Head of the Test Tools Competence Centre at Clear2Pay, comments: âIt is simply great to work with a company which plays such a vital role in the public transport industry. ITSO has been working with Clear2Payâs Technology and Test Services since many years. Today, we are absolutely thrilled to be instrumental in facilitating the UK infrastructure that offers seamless travel services to British citizens.â