20 January 2009   
Ticketing Solution for Public Transport

newsOn behalf of Austria's largest mobile network operator mobilkom austria and the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) RISE planned and implemented a next generation ticketing solution. The solution based on the German standard for the electric ticket VDV-KA and thus guaranteed interoperability across the borders of Austria. Mobile applications for customers and train crew as well as necessary chipcard based applications and backend systems were developed.

Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter, Marketing Board and CEO mobilkom austria AG, Telekom Austria TA AG explains: "Customers can order the tickets as usually. Using NFC mobile phones, the tickets are not distributed via SMS, but are stored in the secure element of the NFC mobile phone and can be validated with a single touch".
Mobile phones that are already equipped with NFC technology can be used for this simple and secure ticketing solution. NFC technology allows the transfer of data at close-range and speeds up the validation process of the tickets. Moreover, customers don't have to look up the tickets in the SMS inbox. "In addition tickets can't be lost and also can be validated if the battery of the phone is dead." said Mag. Gabriele Lutter, spokeswoman for the board of ÖBB- Passenger AG, with confidence that the new solution will also bring benefits to the rail way company.

"RISE again proves with this project its expertise in software technology and the reliability in the implementation and operation of a complex and highly integrated system. The developed platform has been certified by VDV - the first of its kind -- and thus reflects the innovative power of our team." Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Grechenig mentioned.

Beside technical project coordination, RISE was responsible for the development of the mobile as well as backend components. RISE integrated the new system into the systems of the mobile network operator as well as into the ticketing system of the railway company. In addition, RISE is responsible for the operation of the platform. The VDV-KA (core application) is the first application of this kind that has been approved and certified by the VDV GmbH.

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23 October 2008   
Nomination for the Viennese Engineer Award

newsThe prize of Vienna‘s Engineers which was launched by the City of Vienna as well as the Chamber of Architects, Engineers and Consultants in Vienna is awarded every two years for outstanding technical achievements.

In 2008, Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Thomas Grechenig was nominated for this award due to the technical achievements developed during the implementation of the e-Card project. The jury argued their decision as follows "The contribution of Grechenig to the public perception of the importance of IT engineering in everyday life is greatly increased. Health care information systems like the public health insurance cards of Austria (eCard) are directly beneficial for safety technologies like secure transmission of medical records or enforcement of data sovereignty of patients."

The e-card as well as the secure backend architecture were rolled out nationally in 2005 and was installed in more than 12.000 medical practices. RISE was responsible for the design of the architecture as well as the implementations in the field of IT-security, network technology and embedded systems design. The value of this know-how was recognized by Germany, and thus Prof. Grechenig acted as chief technology architect in the at that time largest European IT-project - the German health card.

Wiener Ingenieurpreis 2008

01 October 2008   
ECard - Austrias High-End eHealth Infrastructure
09Austria is a pioneer in the field of health telematics and its ECard infrastructure.  By introducing the Ecard in 2005, the administration of health services reached the digital age. RISE engineers contributed to its success by proficiency in architectural design, development of ECard readers (11,000 pcs.) and VPN concentrators. Future oriented design of hard- and software combined with novel architecture concepts enabled a flexible, yet easy to use system for Austria and beyond. Today’s ECard system processes between 350.000 and 500.000 patient transactions daily.  Moreover, the old “Krankenschein” (health treatment voucher) became obsolete – a form manually (handwritten!) issued and processed 40 million times a year.

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