Hoplink: interoperable ticketing for public transport without borders
Alain Caffart, Director of Information Systems at Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois (CTS), tells Intelligent Transport about Hoplink – the answer to interoperable ticketing across 42 different transport networks.
Hoplink starts from a simple observation: worldwide, 125 cities in 25 countries share the same technology base for their ticketing systems. Entire countries and provinces such as France, Belgium and Quebec use cards based on Calypso technology for their public transport (approximately 150 million cards in total) and the use of these cards is more or less the same in each different transport network.
However, each public transit user is obliged to have a different medium to enable travel in a new city, and each city spends large amounts of money to manage its ticketing system. To make matters worse, this support must be provided by the transport network of the city concerned and often has a duration of use that is out of all proportion to its lifespan.
All transport actors are trying to overcome this problem by conducting interoperability projects, but all are confronted with the complexity of these systems and their sometimes-excessive costs.
Hoplink has been designed to respond to this problem in the most pragmatic way possible.
A technology adapted to transport issues
Hoplink is based on technology that has proven itself for over 20 years. It has proven its reliability and can handle large passenger flows.