The European Travellers Club

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The Open Ticketing Institute


The Open Ticketing Institute (Stichting Open Ticketing) is a not-for-profit organisation, set up in 2010 specifically to promote innovation and knowledge sharing between transport ticketing schemes. To that end, we have set up the e-Ticketing Scheme Association in Public Transport (e-TSAP), which organizes twice-annual meetings with our 'sister schemes'  devoted to this mission. We are also the secretary to the NFC World Forum Strategic Interest Group for Public Transport.


Together with our ‘sister schemes’ and several strategic industry partners we have identified Account-Based Ticketing (ABT) as the key development in transport ticketing and service innovation for the coming years. On July 1st, 2013, we started a project for innovation and knowledge sharing between industry, transport ticketing schemes and consumer organisations, with respect to the implementation of ABT in public transport. The aim of the project is to speed up innovation, improve the service to travellers, and make the implementation both interoperable and privacy-friendly, while avoiding any lock-in with commercial suppliers or service providers.

For 2013 the direct objectives were to come to a proof-of-concept and a governance model, and to find support among the transport ticketing schemes:

  • A proof-of-concept of the underlying technology was developed with the financial and in-kind help of partners, such as NXP, UL, Rabobank, Payter, Prodata, CTS and 42Tech. It demonstrated the cross recognition of ABT-travellers from and in both London and Berlin. Travellers can pay in either city for transport and other journey related services. We also demonstrated that transaction times of about 200 milliseconds are feasible in wired environments, and about 400 milliseconds when using 4G mobile communications between readers and back-office.
  • Our results were presented at the e-TSAP sister scheme conference in London, October 23, 2013. 

 For 2014 the direct objectives were:


  • To start with the European Travellers Club;
  • To set up the ETC Lab and connect this to several European schemes;
  • To publish a white paper on ABT; and 
  • To find support among the consumer organizations.