Providing guidance and best practices for transit agencies implementing advanced fare collection systems utilizing smart card-based contactless, EMV and NFC payment technologies was the focus of educational activities throughout a successful 2012, the Smart Card Alliance Transportation Council said. The Council also announced new leadership for 2013-2014 and plans to outline 2013 projects during the 2013 Smart Card Alliance Payments Summit, being held at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“The Transportation Council has played an instrumental role in opening transit agencies’ eyes to how advances in payments can benefit them and their customers,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “Their educational efforts show how open contactless payments and the arrival of EMV chip and NFC mobile payments in the U.S. can be used to enable faster and more convenient payments, better customer service, and enhanced information for riders.”
Open transit payment, which allows consumers to use the contactless credit or debit card already in their wallet to pay for transit fares, was the center of Council activities last year. One of the highlights was the in-person transit meeting hosted by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) in Philadelphia last fall. The meeting brought together transit agencies of all sizes and from all over the United States including from Atlanta, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington DC, and from the states of Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Utah.
Also in 2012, the Transportation Council explored considerations for using NFC technology for transit applications in the white paper, “Near Field Communication (NFC) and Transit: Applications, Technology and Implementation Considerations,” and collaborated with the Payments Council on a workshop on contactless payments fundamentals at the 2012 Payments Summit.
“Open transit payments are certainly on their way, with many transit agencies in the planning stages and others in the midst of deployment. After wrapping such a successful 2012, we aim to continue to provide guidance on the best practices for implementing these systems, while also examining and educating on how we can further use advances in technology, particularly mobile, to enhance these systems and create even richer rider experiences,” said Craig Roberts, Utah Transit Authority and chair of the transportation council.
New 2013/2014 Leadership
The Council is managed by a steering committee that includes a broad spectrum of leaders from the transportation, financial services and smart card industries, systems integrators, consultancies and technology firms. The officers are:
• Chair: Craig Roberts, Utah Transit Authority (UTA)
• Vice Chair - Transit: Gerald Kane, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)
• Vice Chair - Tolling: Mike Nash, Xerox
The 2013 / 2014 Council steering committee members are:
• Linh Huynh, INSIDE Secure
• Kathy Imperatore, Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO)
• Mark Lulic, MasterCard Worldwide
• Celine Mantoux, Giesecke & Devrient
• Josh Martiesian, LTK Engineering Services
• Kenneth Mealey, American Express
• Mike Meringer, VeriFone Systems
• Pradap Mistry, Cubic Transportation Systems
• Eric Reese, Chicago Transit Authority
• John Vasilj, Accenture