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Open Sales and Distribution Model Rolls Out in Sweden, Enhancing Rail and Multi-carrier Travel

Open Sales and Distribution Model Rolls Out in Sweden, Enhancing Rail and Multi-carrier Travel
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24 / 04 / 2024

A new era of seamless and efficient rail travel has been ushered in with the official rollout in Sweden of the Open Sales and Distribution Model (OSDM) sector specification.

OSDM represents a significant leap forward in rail distribution and the enabling of multi-modal, multi-carrier ecosystems. OSDM, a free and open sector specification, is set to transform the way travelers navigate and book their journeys. By enabling cross-border sales with unprecedented ease, the OSDM-based booking system opens up a world of possibilities for travelers and operators alike. Its implementation is one of the key commitments by members of the International Union of Railways (UIC) and the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) in the CER Ticketing Roadmap.

Sweden, which has one of the most competitive and open rail markets in the European Union, has adopted OSDM as the standard for its national ticket distribution, for rail and other transport modes, both for retail and distributors. The use case in Sweden also shows that OSDM can be used in addition to other standards. From the rail perspective, OSDM represents both a vision and now a reality of rail ticketing, that is more future-proof than the current situation and will benefit both operators and passengers. Moreover, OSDM is - by design – open source, so that OSDM is available for every player in mobility. OSDM implementation is ongoing, with six European Railway Undertakings to implement it by the end of this year and many more planning to deploy in 2025.

The information available to both the retailer and passenger mustn't be unduly limited by the technical and functional requirements set out in any specification. For this reason, OSDM has been developed together with ticket vendors in full transparency with the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA). It is also important to note that the technical and commercial aspects of ticket distribution should be discussed separately. Technical specifications are designed to facilitate seamless data exchange for ticket distribution, while commercial agreements handle pricing, revenue sharing, and service-level agreements. Addressing these points separately is the most efficient way to achieve seamless international rail ticketing.

CER Executive Director Alberto Mazzola said: “The CER Ticketing Roadmap has the unequivocal support of the CER Members, who are working hard to implement its commitments by 2025 to ensure seamless international rail ticketing. The Open Sales and Distribution Model (OSDM) is the flagship solution of the Roadmap, which enables and enhances many of its actions such as the CIT Agreement on Journey Continuation. I call on the European Commission to reference OSDM in European legislation as this will boost digital investments and accelerate the CER Ticketing Roadmap deployment.”

UIC Director General François Davenne said: “We extend our congratulations and gratitude to the entire Samtrafiken team for this achievement. The launch of OSDM is proof that such collaborative solutions, created by the sector - which means tailored to the business and customer needs, are designed to be multimodal and open for all players in passenger mobility. This approach represents a significant response to the global challenges of sustainable mobility and modal shift at the worldwide level”.

Samtrafiken Managing Director Gerhard Wennerström said: “I’m proud that Sweden is a forerunner in the rollout of the OSDM standard. We at Samtrafiken have created a National Distribution System that enables several carriers’ Inventory Management Systems to distribute their offering in a standardized way. All based on the OSDM 3.0 API standard.”

OSDM initiative manager Vittorio Carta said: “I can only thank Samtrafiken, Gerhard, and his team for having played an excellent pioneer role with the countrywide implementation in Sweden, which confirms OSDM is the right technical solution for an open, not discriminatory, multimodal, and business oriented online distribution. And all this already today.”


Source: CER Press Releases