CR005 – Change Request to Custmer-Account API

Open Transport Proposal for Change Number: Change 005: To: Customer-account API Name: Expansion of the “purchase.ticket” entity for additional fare data integration Breaking change? No Justification: Modal is a company who have built mobile app technology that detects a person’s public transport journey in real-time and use this to create rail Delay Repay functionality. As …

Powering innovation in rail by adopting interoperable smart data standards

Today Hayden, our Founder and Chair , gave a presentation to The Rail Innovation Group on their regular “Munch & Learn” webinar. The session explained the work & future aims of The Open Transport Initiative and was a combination of presentation (titled “Why all transport accounts need to make their data shareable”) and lively Q&A. …

2021 – the year Transport & Mobility adopts Smart Data initiatives?

Back in September 2020 the Government published the report:“Next steps for Smart Data. Putting consumers and SMEs in control of their data and enabling innovation”. In this document it clearly stated the intention to use legislation to “mandate industry involvement in Smart Data initiatives across the economy”. This means that Parliament will make different sectors, …

Why build a Transport & Mobility Directory Open Standard?

Most people we speak with are surprised to find that a central directory service does not already exist. The problem of a lack of a technical system-to-system look-up service across the transport and mobility industry was confirmed when we designed & published our Open Standard API for Mobility account interoperability (“The Open Banking for Transport”). …

The benefits of a Central Operator Directory for Mobility & Transport

Every mature industry has some sort of central directory or look-up service (e.g. the Internet has IP addresses & DNS, telephone have exchanges & directories, the postal service has sorting offices & post offices and banks & financial services have branch / sort codes) with most of these now digitalised. However the transport and mobility …

What data entities does the Open Transport “Customer-Account” API expose?

Following various recent enquiries about the data that can be shared consistently between different transport and mobility accounts via our “customer-account” API specification, we thought we would explain each entity here in more detail Purchase:The purchase entity covers a product bought or agreed to be used. Such as a pre-paid ticket. e.g. an off-peak single …

Joined-up transport data has Net Zero role

The ability to share smart data between many different transport and mobility accounts is a key aim of our organisation. In an earlier post, we considered the range of benefits of customers being easily able to join-up their data from many different transport providers and Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) platforms. One of these benefits, comes from them …

What are the CO2 emissions for different transport & mobility modes?

Transport is currently responsible for around one-fifth of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This is demonstrated in this recent graph (based on 2018 data) from Our World in Data, which gives a clear comparison of travel modes by their carbon footprint. These figures are measured in the amount of greenhouse gases emitted per passenger kilometre …

Supporting a MaaS Ecosystem with Open Standard APIs

Earlier this year The Open Transport Initiative published its Open Standards for the sharing of transport and mobility account smart data. The aim being that by giving away any license claims and removing any proprietary Intellectual Property considerations these API standards could be adopted easier and quicker. In short, our aim was to kick-start an …