We are going to have some great talks on different industries, APIs and Platforms at #APIDaysFinland 2019. Traffic-related APIs and Mobility as a Service are one area, where we have a few interesting cases by Lonneke Dikmans, CTO at eProceed and Sami Pippuri, CTO at MaaS Global. They will talk about MaaS Business models as well as explain what good examples there are on partnerships and integrations within MaaS and what needs to still be developed.
What's happening in Finland right now?
We have a new law, similar to PSD2 about Open Banking, in Finland. It requires all traffic operators to open their interfaces to each other and MaaS operators for buying tickets openly from each other. The law has been tricky to implement, because it is national law, but requires technical and business changes also from those traffic operators, for example airlines, who start or finish journeys in Finland. The law talks about interfaces, not necessarily a specific form of API that needs to be built securely and be opened to any party that meets some basic criteria.
The final part of the law came to force on January 1st, 2019. Some traffic operators have already received sanctions for not opening enough their interfaces to meet the spirit of the law. Making it clear to understand what needed to be done by traffic operators was no easy task. Even the function and logic of the interfaces and the technical requirements and boundaries required a lot of thinking. This is why both business and technical guidelines were needed to help the traffic operators to implement the required changes.
One major requirement was that the customers with special tickets and requirements could also buy their tickets via the interfaces. Special in this case meant the residents of a specific city able to buy discounted local tickets or elderly people buying age or retirement based discounts. One big issue was also those passengers who need assistance, for example, when traveling with a wheelchair. How to make the passengers journey the best possible, while still cause minimum issues with GDPR and other legislation and keep traffic operators relatively happy with their business models? It was an interesting journey to be part of and from technical point of view I was part of a team writing some functional and technical recommendations for those implementing the interfaces: https://www.traficom.fi/sites/default/files/media/file/APIs%20when%20acting%20on%20someone%20else%C2%B4s%20behalf.pdf
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