VDV eTicket Service (VDV-ETS) unites around 440 companies from the public passenger transport sector under the umbrella of (((eTicket Deutschland. On behalf of these companies, VDV-ETS publishes the German standard for (((eTickets and supports the industry with the digitalization of sales. As early as 2003, VDV eTicket Service offered an eTicket service for various transport companies, a service that was constantly expanded, for example, to include contactless payment. The objective of (((eTicket Deutschland is to introduce nationwide electronic fare management (EFM) for users of local and long-distance public transport.
In releasing a complete cloud billing package for product and claim clearing from Open Telekom Cloud, we have laid a cornerstone for the digital networking of public passenger transport.
Until now, it was not possible to obtain information on the total price of a fare for trips taken with various transport associations that use different providers. Users planning trips through multiple regions did not receive general travel information, including product and price. This was because Germany had no nationwide product and price database that contained fares for all of Germany’s public transport networks and used them to calculate prices for selected routes. Without exact information on prices, integrated booking was also not an option, which meant that the traveler had to find their way on their own. Only when timetable and fare information became available throughout Germany would integrated querying, booking, and payment be possible.
Cloud billing, like eTicket Clearing, runs on the Open Telekom Cloud. Cloud billing is offered in an SaaS (software as a service) model. This provides VDV eTicket Service with numerous advantages. In addition to offering simple scaling, for example when adding new participants, and ensuring that the application performs well even under an increasing load, this approach provides VDV eTicket Service with transparent, calculable, and user-oriented costs for the service.
“We use the cloud service from T-Systems as a complete service, which saves us from having to use our own resources to provide and operate our clearing service,” reports Nils Zeino-Mahmalat, Managing Director of VDV eTicket Service. “This keeps us flexible and allows us to focus our own efforts on the actual utilization of the system. The constant further development of security, data protection, and services frees us up and allows us to focus on our core business.”