Ticketer products - Bus Open Data Service (BODS)

If you are operating services in England, you would have heard of the Bus Open Data Service introduced by the Department for Transport, but you may not know what it is and how you will meet the requirements.

If you already have Ticketer Electronic Ticket Machines, then the good news is that the Ticketer System already has the capability to manage the data required to meet your Bus Open Data Service (BODS) obligations. There’s no need for you to set up a team to focus on collating data or recruit an external consultant to advise. We’ve put in all the hard work, so you don’t have to.

But more than simply having access to the necessary data, Ticketer has taken the additional steps to host everything for our operators, so providing the required information to the BODS system has never been easier. This data is constantly kept up to date, synchronised to the changes you make to the system in your normal day-to-day operation of your ticketing environment, with no further input or effort from yourselves.

We have been in constant communication with the DfT throughout the process and we will continue to do so. As the requirements change, we will continue to update our system to reflect those changes, so as operators you are always covered.

If you’re not yet a Ticketer customer, we have an option available for you as well, and would be happy to help. So please do get in touch.

Our stance on BODS is simple: we support it, we deliver it, we update it!

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All Ticketer ETMs are equipped with GPS, so are location aware. They communicate in real-time with the Ticketer back office sending location data continuously.
This data can be exposed through the SIRI Vehicle Monitoring (VM) protocol as required by BODS. Most operators already deliver a SIRI feed from their Ticketer ETMs to local authorities, websites or mobile apps, and this is simply just another feed which can be quickly established to meet your Open Data requirements.


If you are using Ticketer’s Schedule Adherence solution, your timetables are already managed within the Ticketer System.
To allow operators to meet the BODS Timetable requirements, Ticketer will host the TransXchange files compliant to the DfT’s specification. You simply copy your own specific web address, provided in the Ticketer portal, and paste it into the BODS portal.
And if you don’t already use our SA feature (or if you’re not yet a Ticketer customer), we have recently introduced a “SA Lite” option to allow you to add your timetables to the system in order to meet your BODS requirements.

BODS fare information

As the majority of an operator’s tickets and fares already need to be managed within a ticketing system, it should be no surprise that the Ticketer System already holds much of the information that needs to be made available to meet your open data requirements.
As with timetables, the Ticketer System can export the necessary data in the required NetEX standard defined by the DfT, again hosting the necessary files and automatically keeping that data synchronised with fare updates that are made to the Ticketer System, thereby ensuring that you are always meeting your open data requirements.

If you would like more information regarding BODs or if you would like us to help you publish your data, please contact our customer support team who will be happy to help support@ticketer.co.uk

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