The January INTELLIGENCE is open! Win a SAMSUNG Galaxy SIII.


Welcome to the January INTELLIGENCE, brought to you by SAMSUNG and the OSPT Alliance. This month we are giving away once more the highly valued SAMSUNG Galaxy S III. It’s a pretty impressive phone but what is more important – it’s NFC enabled! Meaning that a whole new way of payment and ticketing is about to open up for one lucky winner. All you have to do is read the text, answer five questions related to it, put then answers in the form below and hit ‘enter’. It’s that simple! So what are you waiting for?

The OSPT Alliance

Public transit systems worldwide are currently collecting fares using closed-loop applications and smart cards. Most of these collection systems rely on proprietary contactless technologies that provide only a basic level of security. Because these systems and newer payment technologies, multi-application cards, and near-field communication (NFC) phones are susceptible to compromise, there is a compelling need for more secure fare-collection systems. In addition, public transit customers want to use one ticket for multiple modes of transportation across cities, regions, or even countries.

The OSPT Alliance is driving development of secure, open-standard fare-collection solutions based on the CIPURSETM open security standard, which provides the technical foundation for collecting transit fares safely and efficiently. The OSPT Alliance has created a forum for defining and evolving the CIPURSE standard, providing development tools, and promoting global adoption of fare collection solutions based on open standards.

The organization’s work benefits all stakeholders in the transit ecosystem. Across technologies, open standards have repeatedly proven to reduce operations costs, simplify system migration, improve security, and increase industry competition, which benefits transit operators and agencies through interoperable, cost-competitive solutions.

Today’s automatic fare collection (AFC) systems must be upgraded or replaced to accommodate new smart card and mobile solutions. At the same time, growing security threats and shrinking budgets demand that agencies increase efficiency. Agencies must decide soon whether to replace legacy fare-collection systems with newer versions of proprietary systems or move to new open systems with significant advances in security, interoperability, and flexibility. By adopting solutions based on the CIPURSE standard, transit agencies can benefit from cost-effective, highly secure, flexible, scalable, and extensible fare collection systems and a rich ecosystem of interoperable solutions.

The Alliance is headquartered in Munich, Germany. As a global organization, it encourages participation by members in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The Alliance has active marketing and technical working groups. The marketing working group devises and executes external-facing strategies and programs designed to raise the Alliance’s profile within the transit industry and across the transit ecosystem. The technical work group focuses on developing and refining the CIPURSE standard. Various subgroups are created as needed to address specific technical issues.

Here’s a short video that allows the OSPT Alliance members to expand on the role of the OSPT.

This month, we are giving away a new Galaxy SIII from Samsung, and who wouldn’t want one of those? To get one, all you have to do is answer five simple questions – the answers are in the article above (we don’t want to make it too hard!)

And so on to the questions;

Q1.     What problem does the OSPT Alliance address?

  1. The loss of mobile phones on public transport.
  2. A way to ensure that Public Transport runs on time.
  3. The collecting of fares using closed-loop applications and smart cards.

Q2.     What does the OSPT Alliance provide to the transit industry?

  1. The open CIPURSE standard to reduce operations costs, simplify migration, improve security, and increase industry competition to benefit transit operators
  2. An easy way to recruit new transport authority employees
  3. Train design and implementation

Q3.     Why is a new, open standard needed for transit?

  1. So that automatic fare collection (AFC) systems can be upgraded or replaced to accommodate innovative ticketing solutions on cards & phones
  2. To ensure that closed loop legacy systems can remain the property of the relevant transit authority
  3. To facilitate an easy return to cash for tokens payment procedures

Q4.     Where is the OSPT Alliance headquartered?

  1. Paris, France
  2. Seoul, Korea
  3. Munich, Germany

Q5.     What is the focus of the OSPT Alliance work groups?

  1. Personnel and recruitment
  2. Environmental and communication
  3. Marketing and technical

Enter now!

Feel like entering? No problem. You can either use the Facebook entry form or simply send us an email using the form below. In the main message section simply put the question numbers and the right answers in the email e.g. Q1-3, Q2-1, etc… Easy. You will then be added to the prize draw and your chance to win a fantastic SAMSUNG Galaxy SIII !!! The winner will be contacted via email and announced here on the site by the 4th February.

Good Luck!

Further reading;

CIPURSE™ is a registered trademark of the OSPT Alliance


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2 Comments on “The January INTELLIGENCE is open! Win a SAMSUNG Galaxy SIII.”

  1. njeri
    February 12, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    so who won the Samsung S3

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