Integrated Transport Smartcard Organisation
) is a non-profit sharing membership organisation which objectives are to maintain and develop the ITSO specification, operate and manage an interoperable smart media environment, and facilitate and support development of interoperable smart ticketing schemes that comply with the ITSO specification.
ITSO was established as a result of discussions between various UK passenger transport authorities
concerning the lack of standards for interoperable smart card
ticketing. These discussions grew to include other authorities, transport operators and government. Today ITSO membership covers the breadth of the transport arena including transport operators (both bus and train operating companies), suppliers to the industry, local authorities and public transport executives. Supported by the Department for Transport
, ITSO has links with major transport industry organisations and established smart card schemes in the UK and overseas.
The Department for Transport rolled out which uses ITSO smart cards. Transport Scotland and Welsh Assembly Government have implemented ITSO in their concessionary travel schemes. The Yorkshire region is also piloting an implementation called Yorcard
The ITSO specification is a technical platform on which interoperable smart ticketing schemes can be built. It defines the key technical items and interfaces that are required to deliver interoperability between both, components of a ticketing... Read More