Transport for the North HCE ticketing pilot to start soon in West Yorkshire

bus_ticketsITSO is currently working with smart technology suppliers Rambus Ecebs and Penrillian to support West Yorkshire Combined Authority in a new ticketing technology trial carried out by Transport for the North. The technology will Host Card Emulation (HCE), the approach being used more widely within the payment industry to enable software emulation of a traditional smartcard on a mobile phone. 

This combined with an App will enable passengers to purchase a ticket directly to their mobile phone.  The mobile device will then act as the ticket and through the NFC facility communicates with the card reader/ticket barrier to enable automatic recognition of the purchased ticket, in exactly the same way as a smartcard.  This interaction sets aside the need for the passenger to show the ticket displayed on the phone screen to inspectors, while significantly increasing the security of the transaction.

ITSO stated that they believe HCE technology on a phone will provide a strong security management system that guarantees the security of the transaction data at all times and enables interoperability, meaning different equipment and systems can talk to each other. “The delivery of the Transport for the North trial is a significant landmark in the development of HCE with ITSO on smartphones. We have been working very closely with our members and suppliers on the solution for the trial, and through their knowledge and expertise we have been able to identify various technologies and approaches relating to HCE,” said Steve Wakeland, General Manager, ITSO.

“We will continue to explore these different options, with the objective of identifying viable solutions for broader adoption and rollout by our members,” continued Wakeland. “We want to give our members the confidence to enter into this new market. What is clear is that we have identified a number of solutions that meet the high security standards placed on ITSO schemes which means that it is no longer as challenging as it used to be to provide mobile ticketing alongside classical contactless smart cards.”

Cllr Keith Wakefield, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, added, “Having been a leading player in the development of smartcard travel, through our MCard scheme, I am delighted the Combined Authority is a partner in this exciting pilot. It has the potential to benefit customers across the north, and further afield and we believe that customers will welcome the opportunity to use their smartphone to purchase a ‘smart ticket’ simply and easily, safe in the in the knowledge that the transaction is secure.”

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