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Put it on My Card: The Trend Towards Open Fare Payment Systems in Transit Systems (January 18, 2011)

Open Source Alternative to Deploying Transportation Management Systems

Presenter:   Tim Weisenberger
Presenter's Org:   US DOT John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

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Slide 1:  The Emergence of Open Payment Fare Systems

Traditional, Card-Based, Transit Agency-Issued Approach

Slide 2:  Why Transit Needed Contactless Smart Cards

[This slide contains a diagram of an exploded view of a contactless smart card with the integrated circuit chip and RF antenna sandwiched between the plastic top and bottom panels.]

Slide 3:  The Traditional Smart Card Fare Collection System

[This slide contains images of three contactless smart cards.]

Slide 4:  Sample System Architecture

[This slide contains images of hardware to illustrate a regional central computer system (a wall of mainframe computers), transit agency central computers (two minicomputers), local data processors (three micro computers), and fare card input and vending devices (a magnetic strip card reader, a smart card touch pad, a combination strip/touch pad reader, and a card vending terminal).]

Slide 5:  Data Flows

Slide 6:  Smart Card Systems Led to Innovations

[This slide contains images of three smart cards.]

Slide 7:  Traditional Approach Strengths

Slide 8:  Traditional Approach Limitations

Slide 9:  Standards — A Slow Evolution

[This slide contains a diagram of stair steps of the evolution of smart card standards, starting with 2001's ISO 14443, then ISO 24014, National AFC standards, Financial Payments Industry standards, and the future Mobile App and Payment App augmentation to national standards and ISO 24014, in ascending order.]

Slide 10:  Why are Standards so Vital?

Slide 11:  Traditional Approach leads to Open Approach

Slide 12:  The Future of Fare Systems

Slide 13:  Unique Regional Solutions

Slide 14:  Open Payment Systems – Crossing the Chasm

Issues to be addressed include:

[This slide contains the image of a bell curve divided into segments labeled “technology enthusiasts,” “visionaries,” “pragmatists,” “conservatives,” and “skeptics,” with a wider chasm between the visionaries and the pragmatists.]

Slide 15:  Additional Innovations On the Horizon

[This slide contains images of an employee ID card and a smart phone with a touch screen interface.]

Slide 16:  Thank You for Your Attention!

Tim Weisenberger
John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

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