The EU-IFM Project: A Seamless Travel Initiative: Preliminary Work

The Interoperable Fare Management (IFM) project was launched in January 2008 to plan how to make electronic ticketing systems interoperable in Europe. This paper describes the proposed plan for achieving interoperability and the challenges faced by the consortium running the project. The International Union of Public Transport is a member of the consortium alongside partners from the UK, France and Germany. The members of the project's consortium have proposed establishing common bases enabling step-by-step progress to be made. A European cooperation system, which is respectful of decision-making autonomy and which limits technical constraints as far as possible, is the goal. In its first stage, the IFM project is moving towards using the multi-application media now available in the market to support the interoperability of e-ticketing media. This solution allows citizens to load the local applications they need onto their medium, be it a card or a mobile phone. The customer then uses this medium in the same way as a local medium. Once the application has been loaded, customers can purchase the fare product they require via all existing channels. This means that the application server is the only investment the local transport carrier has to make. No other modifications need to be made, since the applications are seamless between each other. Beyond this first stage, in which totally stand-alone applications are able to simply co-exist on the same medium when requested by the customer, the IFM project proposes specifying a general- purpose downloadable European application. This application is not designed to replace existing applications in the short term, but to act as a bridge between them. The aim of this more ambitious stage is two-fold: to simplify passenger operations and to enable public transport authorities to share information. The IFM project is in charge of proposing the set of rules to make this happen, including setting out the list of user requirements with regard to standardization and specifications. Practical implementation of this second stage will stretch far beyond the project completion date of June 2010.


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  • Accession Number: 01147945
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 1 2009 3:21PM