News : Newsletters : Alliance Member Bulletin : June 2019

Executive Director Message

Transit on The Move

Transportation has suddenly become very interesting to many in the payments industry.  MTA, the largest regional public transportation provider in the Western Hemisphere, just launched its new open loop contactless card and mobile wallet payments platform, called OMNY.  This is BIG news; according to 2018 figures, New York City Transit and regional rail and bus systems serve a region of approximately 15.3 million people spread over 5,000 square miles in 14 counties in New York and Connecticut.

The OMNY tap-and-go payments system available in 16 stations got off to a quick start, with subway riders making 10,700 taps in the first weekend. Riders can pay with their mobile phones equipped with Google Pay and Apple Pay, or with debit and credit cards enabled for the contactless payments. The MTA said about 80% of OMNY payments in the last few weeks came through phones.  Apple Pay has its new transit express mode enabled to work on the OMNY readers – so the phone is like the card, requiring just a tap. It’s really fast and easy to use. It may be a sign of a preference for mobile, since transit riders keep their phones out during their trips and are not as likely to put it down when reaching into their wallet or purse or going through a turnstile.  These numbers could be worrisome for EMV contactless card issuers in the region or it could reflect that fewer contactless cards have been issued to date in the New York City metro region. and their use will catch up to phones over time.

Another interesting development in transportation payments is Mobility as a Service (MaaS). The movement towards MaaS is fueled by a myriad of innovative new mobility service providers, such as ride-sharing and e-hailing services, bike-sharing programs, and car-sharing services as well as on-demand “pop-up” bus services serving large cities across the country.

This shift is further enabled by improvements in the integration of multiple modes of transport into seamless trip chains, with bookings and payments managed collectively for all legs of the trip. In the New York example, commuters may use a bank card, mobile wallet, or a dedicated travel card called an OMNY card to pay for their travel. By linking different modes of transportation to one payments platform that can service the multiple transport services, trip and payment data is gathered and can be used to help people’s journeys become more efficient and less expensive.  Public transport scheduling and the spending of consumer dollars can be justified by obtaining and analyzing data on modern urban mobility trends, such as where to place bike rentals and ride sharing pick up areas that are near heaviest traveled commuter bus and subway stops.

The Secure Technology Alliance has an active Transportation Council that is addressing issues with the adoption of open architecture, open payments transit systems and the linkage of those transit payments platforms to MaaS transit services providers to come up with a seamless and frictionless transportation experience. Contact the Alliance if you would like to join the modern transportation experience.

Government Conference Addresses New Identity Developments

The Secure Technology Alliance recently concluded its Securing Federal Identity 2019 conference in Washington, D.C., where the latest developments in federal identity credentialing and access security were addressed by government officials and experts in the security industry. This event marked the 18th consecutive year of the Alliance bringing together the finest federal and state government identity and security minds to discuss security across the government marketplace. A new component of the government conference was an optional Mobile Identity Workshop, which explored mobile drivers’ licenses and the federal government’s use of various mobile identity technologies solutions.

The large turn-out of attendees enjoyed a welcome networking reception, and a full exhibition area featuring security companies and their products, rounding out a busy two days.

Speakers and panelists:

  • Focused on the need for evolving security standards and solutions to keep up with emerging threats, advancements in identity management, and improvements around current practices for logical and physical access control
  • Discussed potential risks as new identity technologies, such as mobile devices and cloud, grow in government settings
  • Addressed using mobile authentication factors such as FIDO when PIV cards are not practical
  • Shared thoughts on continuing advances for standards and technologies impacting physical access control systems (PACS)

Throughout the event, a number of speakers referenced the Secure Technology Alliance’s “Industry Recommendations for Implementing PIV Credentials with Physical Access Control Systems,” a complementary guide to NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-116 R1, for clarifying requirements within the NIST publication and providing recommendations for PACS implementors deploying PIV-enabled PACS.

For more information on government identity resources, we encourage you to visit the Government Identity/Credentialing Resources on the Secure Technology Alliance website.

Council Highlights

If you would like to participate in a Secure Technology Alliance Council, please contact Devon Rohrer, [email protected].

New Forum Resources

The U.S. Payments Forum published a number of industry resources that will be of interest to Alliance members.

Welcome New Member

  • IDentity Check

Congratulations New Certificants


  • Dean Alcorn, Netsync Network Solutions
  • Alexander Henry, Minuteman Security Technologies
  • Thomas Kirchman, Signet Technologies
  • John Miranda, USAEO
  • Scott Napier, Wycliffe Enterprises
  • Katherine Parker, Defender Security & Communication
  • Jason Ramnarine, SMARTnet
  • Chris Skinner, Kenton Brothers

CSEIP Recertified

  • Jacob Cangelosi, Secure Mission Solutions
  • Susan Doherty, Security Install Solutions
  • Jeffrey Drill, Communications Resource
  • Edgar Freeze, Security Install Solutions
  • Ken George, Caprock Consulting Group
  • Brian Havekost, Signet
  • Derrick Parker, Defender
  • Blake Smith, Gallagher Group
  • Collin Smith, Communications Resource
  • Jefferson Tross, Versar
  • Paul Wojdynski, Controlled Key Systems

Upcoming CSEIP Training, Exam, and Recertification Dates

Unless otherwise noted, CSEIP training and exams will take place at The Training Center at Identification Technology Partners, located at 12 S Summit Ave in Gaithersburg, MD. Recertification is online-based only.

CSEIP Training/Exam

  • June 25-27, 2019, Identification and Technology Partners
  • July 23-25, 2019, Identification and Technology Partners
  • 27-29, 2019, Identification and Technology Partners

To view the fall CSEIP 2019 schedule, click here.

CSEIP Recertification

The online instructor-led review course is four hours, from 11 AM ET – 3 PM ET. The hour-long exam follows from 3 PM ET to 4 PM ET. Here are upcoming dates:

  • June 28, 2019
  • July 26, 2019
  • Aug. 16, 2019

To view the fall CSEIP 2019 Recertification schedule, click here.

Follow the Alliance on Social Media

The Secure Technology Alliance has enhanced its presence on social media with robust platforms on Twitter and LinkedIn.  Here are some ways you can interact with the organization: