T3 Webinar Overview

Your Smart Phone is Getting Smarter: Leveraging Open Fare Payment Systems and Mobile Devices

(Webinar 2 in T3 Webinar Series “The Emergence of Open Electronic Payment Systems in Public Transit.” See Webinar 1.)

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Originally presented under the title: Open Payments, Mobile Payments and Personal Identification Verification (PIV) Acceptance – Overview of Innovations in Public Transit Payment Systems

Date:   June 29, 2011
Time:  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Cost:  All T3 webinars are free of charge
PDH:  1.5   View PDH Policy

T3 Webinars are brought to you by the ITS Professional Capacity Building Program (ITS PCB) at the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) ITS Joint Program Office, Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). Reference in this webinar to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by U.S. Department of Transportation.


The initial topic will entail delving more deeply into the open payment approach in transit. It will show how this approach embraces open architecture concepts as well as uses comprehensive financial payment industry standards that govern the transactions, the cards and devices, the end-to-end system security, and the compliance testing and certification.

Next, discussion will turn to how these open payment systems can leverage mobile payment applications. Topics will include the current state of the mobile industry with respect to mobile payment applications, the drivers of the convergence between mobile and public transit, and the ability to leverage mobile devices to deliver transit applications to customers.

Finally, the use of third party issued credentials will be examined; in particular, use of Federal Government Personal Identification Verification (PIV) credentials and PIV. Topics will include benefits of third party issuance, overview of deployment of PIV acceptance in the US, and benefits to transit authorities.


This webinar series began in January with a T3 Webinar entitled The Emergence of Open Electronic Payment Systems in Public Transit, and developed a baseline of information that discusses traditional, card-based, closed fare payment solutions and account-based, open payment solutions. This Webinar will be the second in the series and will delve deeper into the open electronic payment systems approach as well as additional innovations it enables – acceptance of mobile payment applications and of PIV credentials.

Target Audience

Transit agencies and others interested in transit fare collection issues.

Learning Objectives

  • Enhance participants knowledge of open financial payment systems and their use in transit payment systems
  • Enhance participants knowledge of mobile payment applications and of the mobile industry in general
  • Highlight issues in the mobile industry that affect widespread deployment of mobile payment systems in general and specifically deployment in public transit
  • Discuss the innovative approach of the use of PIV identification credentials and what benefits can be attained by transit authorities


The webinar will be hosted by Tim Weisenberger of the US DOT John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. The speakers will be:

  • Burt Wilhelm, MasterCard Worldwide - Open Payment Systems Overview
  • Randy Vanderhoof, Smart Card Alliance - Mobile Payment Applications Overview
  • Michael Dinning, US DOT John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center - PIV Credentials for Use in Public Transit Payment Systems


Tim Weisenberger, Project Manager and Analyst, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
Tim Weisenberger's expertise is on contactless technologies and their applications. He has worked with various North American transit agencies, US government entities, and state departments of transportation on projects that examine feasibility as well as application of contactless technologies in transportation.

Tim has been a facilitator for the APTA Universal Transit Farecard Standards Task Force since its inception in 2002. He was instrumental in developing the organization, mission, and objectives for the program and was a key to the development of the Contactless Fare Media System Standard. Tim is also the Rapporteur for the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 204 Working Group 8 focused on development of ITS Standards in Public Transport and Emergency Services.

Prior to joining the John A. Volpe Center, Tim was a Business Development Manager at Motorola, Inc. Worldwide Smartcard Solutions Division. Tim has 20 years of professional experience including roles as special projects manager at Chicago Transit Authority and as an officer in the United States Navy, where he served in the Persian Gulf War in 1990-1991. He holds an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.


Michael Dinning, Director of the Freight Logistics and Transportation Systems Center of Innovation, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
The Center is the national research center of the U.S. Department of Transportation, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mr. Dinning has extensive experience managing programs to evaluate, demonstrate, and deploy innovations in transportation, security, and logistics management systems.

Mr. Dinning has worked at the John A. Volpe Center for over 32 years, including three years as an in-house consultant. Recently, he served as Executive Director of Business Development and facilitated new business development across the organization. Mr. Dinning has held several other positions at the John A. Volpe Center, including: Acting Deputy Director, Office of Logistics and Information Management; Acting Deputy Director, Office of Environmental Preservations and Systems Modernization; Chief, Infrastructure Protection and Operation Division; and Chief, Systems Planning and Integration Division.

Mr. Dinning directs a wide variety of programs involving transportation and logistics planning, process improvements, and technology evaluations; as well as programs to demonstrate and deploy innovative technologies and systems. His organization's work includes assessing the operational performance of transportation and logistics technologies, evaluating the resilience and security of transportation and logistics infrastructure elements and systems, and integrating global maritime and logistics information to improve operations, safety, and security.

Mr. Dinning represents the John A. Volpe Center before a wide variety of transportation and technology industry organizations involved in innovations in transportation and logistics. He is a frequent speaker to industry, academia, and government agencies on intelligent transportation system and security technologies. Mr. Dinning is a recognized expert in applications of smart card technology to transportation, and is coauthor of the book, Smart Cards: Seizing Strategic Business Opportunities.

Mr. Dinning has been recognized by the Department of Transportation for his work in deploying advanced technology for public transit systems, and developing information technology for logistics management systems. Mr. Dinning received his bachelors and masters degrees from Northwestern University.

Randy Vanderhoof, Executive Director, Smart Card Alliance
The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association of over 180 member firms working to accelerate the widespread acceptance of smart card technology in North America and Latin America. He came to the Alliance in January, 2002 and became the Executive Director in August, 2002. During his tenure as the chief executive, he has directed the transformation of the organization from primarily a networking organization into a diverse, education oriented, international, multi-industry organization that gathers industry stakeholders together to help stimulate the rapid adoption of all forms of smart cards (cards and other form factors) for electronic payments and digital security applications. In December 2008, Randy was named by Security Magazine to the list of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Security Industry.

Prior to joining the Smart Card Alliance, he was employed with IBM Global Smart Card Solutions; an international product group supporting IBM's smart card services to its global banking, healthcare, and government industry vertical teams. Previously, he served on the Executive Board for the Alliance as a corporate member from 1998–2001. From 2000 to 2001, he was Vice President Business Development with First Access, Inc. a developer of contactless smart card technology for network access security and authentication. From 1995 to 2000, he worked at Schlumberger (now Gemalto) as Market Segment Manager, Campus Solutions supporting the development and marketing of smart card–based identification and payment systems.

Randy is a graduate of Saint Josephs University in Philadelphia, PA with a BS in Management Marketing. He received his MBA from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Burt Wilhelm, Vice President of Products & Solutions Group, MasterCard Worldwide
Burt Wilhelm is focused on innovative platforms for the transportation segment. Burt works with a seasoned team of professionals that manages all facets of MasterCard's transportation and PayPass strategies in the United States. He has a specific focus on merchant adoption of the MasterCard Transportation Platform and developing PayPass programs structured to support the various needs of the transport segment.

Active in the payments arena for over 27 years, with more than a decade of focus on the transportation segment, Burt leverages his industry expertise while working with Processors/Acquirers, Issuers, Merchants/Agencies, and Technology Providers to formulate strategies and implement payment programs that meet the needs of the US transportation segment.

Most recently, Burt served as the Business Leader supporting various components of the MasterCard contactless transit trial that was executed with MTA NYC Transit, NJ TRANSIT, and the Port Authority of NY/NJ. With the trial now complete, Burt is working with the MasterCard Global Transit Team to introduce the commercialized form of the technology to the US transportation market.

Prior to joining MasterCard Worldwide in 2001, Burt worked at First Data Corporation for over 13 years holding positions in government and retail sales, business development, major client portfolio management, technical implementation, product development, and merchant operations. Burt also represented Citibank and CitiCorp for 4 years prior to joining First Data.