ITSO was formed to build and maintain a specification for secure 'end to end' inter-operable ticketing transactions, utilising relevant ISO and emerging CEN standards.In the contactless space, UK seems to be speeding ahead of the traditional smart card leader, France. The payments cards deployment and now a standardized inter-operable transit solution, UK is putting in place the basic building blocks
[From ITSO - About Us ]
It is interesting to note that both the payments space and ITSO provide support for loyalty. However, there is no standard, that I am aware of, for loyalty on smart cards (at least for applet interaction between 'card' and 'reader'). Support for loyalty by both standards recognizes the valuable grease for the wheel. However, lack of standards in the loyalty space might indicate a choke point for commercial scalability.
O2 is the operator who is the common thread for both the payments field trials in London, and the ITSO trials with the NoWcard. It would be interesting if Venyon, the OTA service provider for the London payments field trials, is also involved in the ITSO field trials (though not mentioned in the CHYP website). Finally, it would not be surprising to find out that the O2 SWP phones (SIM as a secure element) used in the payments field trials is being used in the ITSO trials as well.