Rail Innovation recognition for Open Transport Founder

The Open Transport Initiative is delighted with the announcement from the Rail Innovation Group that founding member and chair, Hayden Sutherland, has been appointed to their Hall of Recognition for services to innovation in the transportation industry and most specifically for the development of the Open Transport Initiative.

This nomination is for a person contributing to cultural change in rail who:
“Approach problems with a willingness to challenge tradition & be open minded to new concepts that don’t always have proven track record. Cultivate & embrace diversity to derive benefits from new technologies or processes, or from using them in a better way.

The Rail Innovation Group is a community that brings together the best skills and experience from the rail & tech industries with this nomination endorsed by peer groups.

This is a fantastic acknowledgement, not only for Hayden personally, but for the validation of the Open Transport Initiative and its progress.

Dan Schoenhofen appointed to Open Transport Board

The Open Transport initiative has appointed smart ticketing and public transport expert Dan Schoenhofen to its Board.

Dan has over a decade of public transport ticketing experience across a variety of modes and operators. He was a key contributor to the successful £300m business case for the modernisation of the Glasgow Subway and, as part of the resulting programme, delivered the UK’s first fully smart ticketing system with the largest e-purse outside London.

As well as project delivery for light and heavy rail, bus, coach and ferry, Dan also chaired the forum of the ZoneCard ticketing arrangement in Strathclyde and was previously responsible for customer management of Subway smartcard and the Scottish National Entitlement Card holders.

Hayden Sutherland, Founder & Chair of Open Transport stated “Having Dan join the Open Transport board brings a wealth of public transit experience to the team. His input as a smart ticketing specialist also helps ensure our work to develop a Global Open Standard for mobility account interoperability covers as many transport modes as possible.”


Amendment process for our Open Standards

An Open Standard must have a transparent and published feedback and amendment or modification process. This also needs to be clear and communicated as widely as possible. Therefore we have published this process here on our website (and other Social Media channels too).

For those who don’t know… Open Transport Provides 2 x APIs :

  1. An API specification for federated transport customer account interoperability
  2. An API specification for a centralised operator information look-up service. This is a directory of transport endpoints (AKA An “API of APIs”)

We have also published this document in PDF for reference:

Therefore is anyone wishes to propose a change to either one of our two published Open Standards (or both), they should initially contact us on: contact@opentransport.co.uk to start this process.

Open Transport presentation at Transport Ticketing Global 2020

Hayden Sutherland, Founder & Chair of the Open Transport initiative gave this presentation yesterday (28th January 2020) at the Transport Ticketing Global 2020 event in London.

  1. Introduction to Open Transport Hayden Sutherland
  2. Introduction
    Hayden Sutherland o Founder and Chair of the Open Transport Initiative
    Director of Ideal Interface, a digital consultancy
    The work I am presenting is a joint effort from 25+ contributors across the transport & mobility industry: o Public transport: Bus, Rail, Ferry, etc. o Private transport: Car hire, MaaS Platforms, EV suppliers, car parking, etc. o Industry vendors & consultants
  3. In a nutshell
    Open Transport has created an Open Standard for federated transport & mobility account interoperability
    Open Banking For Transport
  4. Current situation
    Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) is maturing as a concept
    Transport start-ups are growing in number & market share
    But… – Each new entrant into the transport (public or private) market is a new source of customer data – Each new MaaS platform creates its own customer account AND can introduce proprietary integration standards – Transport Providers are enriching their self- service accounts to provide a better user experience AND build a relationship with their customers… And they want to maintain this.
  5. How it could look to the customer Transport Service Providers
    Customer has to access multiple accounts to get a complete view
  6. How it should look with Open Transport
    Customer can access just one integrated account now to get complete view
  7. What does Open Transport Provide?
  8. An Open Standard for federated transport customer account interoperability
    – API specification for integrating data (not customer PII) held in participating systems
    – Allows Transport Providers to still maintain relationship with their own customers
  9. An Open Standard for a centralized operator information look-up service
    – The first transport / mobility API directory
    – “An API for transport APIs”
  10. 3 account data entities
  11. Purchase – Ticket, pass to travel, contract to use service, etc.
  12. Usage – Journey, parking duration, etc. – Includes services used (e.g. charging, calls, etc.)
  13. Concession – Railcard, staff discount scheme, voucher, etc.
  14. Centralised Operator Look-Up
    Directory service
    – The UK banking system has Sort-Codes (IBAN/SWIFT)
    – But… there was no directory service (e.g. account API URLs) for every MaaS platform or transport provider
    Validation service
    – In a fragmented transport landscape some reference information is needed
    – Other standards have loose compliance which can cause issues
    – And…. A consistent “mode” reference for a transport & mobility
  15. High-level architecture
  16. Potential supporters & adopters
  17. Transport Authorities/ Regulators
    – Mandate its use in new franchise & contracts
    – Potential wider aggregated
  18. Public Transport Operators
    – Wider multi-modal interoperability
  19. Private Operators
    – Established Mobility-as-a-Service Platforms
    – Start-ups, for wider integration possibilities
  20. Transport software vendors
    – Ease/speed of implementation
    – Wider market potential (WORM: write once, reuse many)
  21. Other new services?
    “Anyone with a transport account or with responsibility for ensuring future transport account interoperability”
  22. Deliverables & timescales
    14th October 2019 (International Standards Day)
    – Draft ‘Customer-account’ API specification v0.9 issued for industry peer review
    4th November
    – Draft ‘Operator-info’ look-up API specification v0.9.1 issued for industry peer review
    3/4/5th December – Industry presentations & sessions
    20th December
    – Final date for feedback and questions
    3rd January 2020
    – Launched 2 x specifications as Open Standards
    – Official handover of on-going management and further changes of specification & documentation from Ideal Interface to the new ‘Open Transport’ organisation
  23. Open Standard?
    Yes, the standards are fully Open
    – Free to use (adopt & adapt)
    – No conditions
    – just a public reference please
    v1.0 is now generally available from 3rd January 2020
    – SwaggerHub
    – ProgrammableWeb
    Standards Board created
    – Provides ongoing management
    – Assesses proposed incremental changes
  24. Our Roadmap
  25. Get involved
    Review our Open Standard
    – Does it meet your needs?
    – If not, propose an amendment
    Adopt our Open Standard
    – Download
    Get involved
    – Spread the word!
  26. Find out more
    API Specifications
    Contact us:
    – contact@opentransport.co.uk

Open Transport appoints Gregor Johnston to Board

The Open Transport initiative has appointed technology delivery expert Gregor Johnston to the Board.

Gregor is an IT Consultant, Project Manager and Technical Architect highly experienced in delivering and implementing complex solutions across numerous business sectors including Transportation, Finance and Telecommunications.

Gregor has worked with clients throughout the UK, Europe and North America through multinational consultancies including IBM and latterly RUSALCO Solutions Ltd where he provided technical and project delivery services for Abellio ScotRail’s Smart Ticketing Programme.

Hayden Sutherland, Founder & Chair of Open Transport stated “It is great to have Gregor on board as part of the Open Transport Board. His technical delivery experience has been invaluable in getting us to this point and I welcome his input in helping us develop the future of our transport and mobility account interoperability Open Standards.”


How is Open Transport an Open Standard?

We at the Open Transport initiative have been asked how our two different API specifications are actually an Open Standard. This is a fair question, as not many people will understand the lengths we have taken to ensure our work is truly open and available for all.

  • They are free to adopt
    Meaning there is no initial charge or ongoing license fee for them being used as they are. (The only thing we ask is that when they are adopted the Open Transport is given a public credit somewhere, such as in a ‘Terms & Conditions’ or ‘About Us’ page, that’s all)
  • They are free to adapt
    Meaning that either standard can be taken as they are and changed in any way required. (Any official changes to the current published standard must happen through Open Transport’s modification process)
  • They have been designed from a wide collaboration of contributors
    Meaning they are the output from many interested organisations and parties (transport providers, private consultants, public sector stakeholders), not just individual suppliers.
  • They have been ratified by a clear and communicated peer review process
    This has allowed feedback and further contribution by subject matter experts. Plus our outputs and intentions have been widely publicised across the transport and mobility industry
  • There is a transparent and published feedback and modification process
    This is there to ensure the future ongoing quality and amendments to the standards.

If you would like to suggest further changes or enhancements of either, initially email contact@opentransport.co.uk.

Open Transport appoints Marcus Mayers to Board

The Open Transport initiative has appointed rail expert Marcus Mayers to the Board.

Marcus is an expert in delivering new technology into the Railway Sector. After ten years delivering novel rail projects for blue chip companies, he was hired to help setup and deliver a £100m rail innovation programme for Railway Safety and Standards Board. This included delivering composites into rail. In 2016 Marcus setup RASIC Ltd to support out of sector companies deliver product into the rail. Marcus is a visiting fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University, in his field of expertise, and holds an MBA in Innovation.

Hayden Sutherland, Founder & Chair of Open Transport stated “I am incredibly glad to have Marcus join us. He has provided significant input and support for the initiative and brings a wealth of experience in travel innovation to the senior team of this Open Standards organisation.”


What do the Open Transport standards NOT specify?

We have been asked a number of questions about the Open Standards for transport and mobility account interoperability we have specified and launched recently. There are a number of standards in existence that provide interoperable transport functionality.

Therefore we though it would be useful to explain what we have NOT created and where this information can be found:

Open Transport now part of European MaaS Landscape

Open Transport is proud to have been recognised as part of The European Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) Landscape by Aster Capital (https://www.aster.com/)

Listed as a “Enabler”, Open Transport is mentioned as part of the “Flow Analytics” area, due to the Open Standard for transport account interoperability facilitating the flow of data between different mobility accounts. Thus enabling the travelling customer to have a single analytical view of all their end-to-end journeys.

This diagram was originally included in the post:
Debunking the 4 Myths in Mobility-as-a-Service

An introduction to the Open Transport Initiative (Webinar)

Earlier this week Open Transport initiative’s Chair, Hayden Sutherland, was invited to participate in a Webinar with Marie Walker, Founder & Head of Content, Open Banking World Congress.

In this webinar he talks about the work we have done so far and our plans for adoptions of the Open Standards across the transport and mobility industry.

Hayden will also be speaking at the Open Banking World Congress 2020 on 12-13 May at Central Hall Westminster in London