The two-year-long DISTINCT Project is funded under the EU TAP-IADS (Telematics APplications - Integrated Applications for Digital Sites) Programme, and uses smart cards and multimedia networks throughout its five test sites, to demonstrate interoperability between the many applications on offer at the sites. This paper describes the DISTINCT Project approach, using the DISTINCT ID, and its application across the project to integrate services at cross-sector and cross-site levels. The project consortium has developed DISTINCT ID as a dedicated tool for achieving the desired interoperability and integration, and is composed of a set of data residing wholly or partly on the smart card. At the lowest level, the use of DISTINCT ID allows a card's origin to be recognised and an appropriate response made; beyond that, there is huge scope through bilateral agreements for access to specific tailored services and special DISTINCT services for site visitors. The paper briefly describes the demonstration sites, which are: (1) two sub-sites in Finland, one in two cities in the Helsinki area and one in Lapland; (2) Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England; (3) Thessaloniki, Greece; (4) Torino, Italy; and (5) the Province of Zeeland in The Netherlands. The smart-card-based services at the sites are at different stages of development.

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  • Authors:
    • Shield, Carol K
    • Blythe, P
    • LAWTHER, S
  • Publication Date: 1999


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  • Accession Number: 00796527
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-7008-0702-0
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 2 2000 12:00AM