The Open Standard for Public Transport (OSPT) Alliance, a global initiative for open standard security in public transportation, announced the addition of two new members: Watchdata Technologies Ltd. and the Open Ticketing Institute of the Netherlands.
Together with the four founding members, they will work to establish and advance new interoperable transit fare collection solutions based on open standard security.
Founded in Beijing in 1994, Watchdata provides a range of products including smart cards, USB tokens, readers, platforms, key systems and other security products that cover the telecom, transportation, finance, public and enterprise sectors.
The Open Ticketing Institute is the outgrowth of an initiative by Trans Link Systems (TLS) and several partners to advance The Netherland’s e-ticketing system, OV-chipkaart. As a separate not-for-profit foundation with its own management and supervisory board, the institute works together with several other science institutes, e-ticketing schemes and suppliers on research and development activities.
The new open security standard, Cipurse, defines an authentication scheme, a secure messaging protocol, four minimum mandatory file types and a minimum mandatory command set to access these files types. It also specifies encryption keys and access conditions, and includes a cryptographic protocol that protects against differential power analysis (DPA) and differential fault analysis (DFA).