Trans Link Systems taps Aconite for e-ticketing

Source: Aconite

Aconite, a leading provider of software and consulting services for managing business applications on chips in smart cards, tokens or mobiles, today announced that Trans Link Systems B.V. (TLS) has chosen Aconite to provide software and consulting to assist in the migration program focused on a more secure card platform for e-ticketing.

Aconite, a leading provider of software and consulting services for managing business applications on chips in smart cards, tokens or mobiles, today announced that Trans Link Systems B.V. (TLS) has chosen Aconite to provide software and consulting to assist in the migration program focused on a more secure card platform for e-ticketing.

TLS is a joint venture set up by the five largest Dutch public transport companies. TLS designed, implemented and now operates a single, national payment system for public transport e-ticketing in The Netherlands. TLS works together with 9 Dutch transit operators to deliver the payment service to public transport passengers. Passengers use a contactless smart card, the OV-chipkaart, to "check in" and "check out" when getting on or off a bus, metro, tram or train. The fare to be paid is calculated and deducted when the passenger "checks out". Passengers can use their OV-chipkaart to travel on any and all operators' services.

TLS issues and manages cards and processes ticket payment transactions. It has to cope with a highly complex environment, in which each operator may issue multiple card products (e.g. concession cards for students and pensioners; staff cards; cards linked to bank accounts for automatic top-up etc.) and have multiple, frequently changing card designs. Both anonymous and personalised cards are issued. Travel with the card is paid for either with the prepaid stored value on the card or any valid tickets and products on the card. If a card is lost, TLS needs to reconstruct and replace it, complete with all tickets. To manage card issuance, replacement and renewal, TLS has long relied on the Aconite Affina Enterprise smart product management system.

Now, TLS is preparing for a new phase of development that foresees a migration from Mifare Classic cards to a new, more secure card platform when this is necessary. This has impacts throughout TLS's infrastructure and involves development of a new Central Security System. Rail and metro station gates and contactless terminals on buses and trams require new Secure Access Modules (SAMs) to handle cryptographic operations and these SAMs need to be securely personalized and issued. TLS searched for a vendor that could deliver a SAM personalisation solution backed up by quality support services and deep smart product expertise.

Gerben Nelemans, CFO of TLS commented "TLS selected Aconite based on their offer to provide the SAM personalization solution and help develop the new Central Security System. Given our relationship with Aconite personnel, we knew their capabilities and dedication very well. We are confident that Aconite will provide the flexibility and has the range of innovative solutions that we need".

Initially, the defined SAM issuance requirements will be implemented in October 2010, with Aconite's software solutions. In the next phase, Aconite's specialist consultants will assist TLS to define the requirements for the new Central Security System and prototype new components.

Patrick Regester, EVP Sales and Marketing at Aconite, said "We are delighted that TLS has chosen Aconite to help in the migration program focused on a new, more secure card platform. Aconite's solutions will simplify management of TLS's very complex environment, keeping track of the relationships between payment applications, chips, cards, card issuers and tickets whilst shielding users from the technical complexities of smart cards. It is ideally suited for transit, banking and secure id smart product applications. It is very pleasing to have TLS's endorsement of our product's capabilities in this way and we look forward to expanding our relationship and supporting TLS in operating its demanding e-ticketing business".

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