SMART TRANSPORT ADVISORY GROUP
History has taught us that writing an open foundation specification for truly interoperable smart ticketing (i.e. ITSO) is not enough on its own to guarantee interoperability.
Keeping up to date with new technology and offering migration paths from earlier solutions in a timely manner has also not been well addressed.
The Smart Transport Advisory Group, (STAG) for short, is an independent forum representing suppliers of smart ticketing equipment and services to the transport industry.
The group’s aim is to offer its collective experience to; transport operators, card issuers and product issuers, as to how they can best achieve seamless interoperable ticketing by avoiding fragmentation of the market with incompatible smart ticketing solutions across different transport modes / regions.
The Group intends to operate according to Chatham House rules to develop a broad range of proposals; based on open standards, industry specifications and experience, that addresses the needs of the transport operators for interoperable ticketing
Proposals may cover all aspects of the smart ticketing life cycle from inception to operation through evolution and then migration to new or alternative solutions.
Proposals may be instigated by STAG or on behalf of other groups.
STAG will liaise with; Government, other transport forums, International Standards bodies, transport / financial / communication specification bodies and compliance testing initiatives.