The European Travellers Club

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ACCEPT Institute


The ACCEPT Institute is a not-for-profit organisation. It was set up as Open Ticketing Institute in 2010 specifically to promote innovation and knowledge sharing between transport ticketing schemes. In 2017 we changed the name from Open Ticketing Institute to ACCEPT Institute. Regarding knowledge sharing we have set up the e-Ticketing Scheme Association in Public Transport (e-TSAP), which organizes twice-annual meetings with our 'sister schemes'  devoted to this mission.
Next to knowledge sharing ACCEPT Institute also advices e-ticketing schemes about vision and strategy and provides project management services.


Account-Based Ticketing - European Travellers Club

Together with our ‘sister schemes’ and several strategic industry partners we have identified Account-Based Ticketing (ABT) as the key development in transport ticketing and service innovation for the coming years. 

On July 1st, 2013, we started a project for innovation and knowledge sharing between industry, transport ticketing schemes and consumer organisations, with respect to the implementation of ABT in public transport. The aim of the project is to speed up innovation, improve the service to travellers, and make the implementation both interoperable and privacy-friendly, while avoiding any lock-in with commercial suppliers or service providers. In October 2013 we presented a proof-of-concept and a governance model to our sister schemes at the e-TSAP conference in London.

In 2014 we set up a consortium consisting of some of the 'sister schemes' VDV-ETS (Germany), Verkéiersverbond (Luxembourg), Trans Link Systems (The Netherlands) and UL Transaction Security and NXP. Together we submitted our European Travellers Club (ETC) proposal and applied for funding at the EU under the Horizon 2020 program.

In 2015 we were awarded a subsidy. Within the consortium ACCEPT Institute acts as the coordinator and is responsible for the the set-up of the required governance and central systems.