The Italian BIP project (Biglietto Integrato Piemonte) is one of the implementations that uses concepts from Transmodel. The Project has been co-funded by Piedmont Region (Italian Local Administration) and technical coordinated by 5T s.r.l.; it represents an innovative integrated ticketing system for Public Transport Operators (PTO), railways, and for virtually all other transport systems.
The BIP Project Architecture has been designed as a “universe” of stakeholders (public authorities and public transport operators) interacting with each other in order to allow their users to access transport with a single Smartcard.
A Regional Service Centre (called “CSR-BIP”) has been created for the governance of the whole System, with the role of an independent judge able to solve issues between different operators.
The BIP Project involves over 100 Public Transport Operators, nearly 3.400 vehicles, more than 8.600 stopping points, nearly 400 train stations, and between 1 and 4 million people, with a total investment of 50 million euros.
Integration has been realized with the creation of a central system able to exchange data among all stakeholders:
- PTO’s consortia (CCA);
- Public Administrations
- Service Operators.
Among the main goals of the project are:
- enabling interoperability between different public transport operators (PTO), by adopting a unique electronic contactless ticketing system based on Calypso technology-based Smartcards;
- an Automatic Vehicle Monitoring system (AVM), enabling real-time and off-line monitoring of services; and
- a video-surveillance system for passenger safety.
The BIP Project Architecture has been designed as a “universe” of stakeholders interacting with each other in order to allow their users to access transport with a single Smartcard.
Data exchange among Service Providers, Public Administrations and CSR-BIP is made using a tailored version of the NeTEx communication Exchange Protocol (called BIPEx).