TCF News

Updated on 22nd June 2018

London Underground upgrades to new RFID solution
SecurityWorldMarket Global
As part of a major project to upgrad the facilities of the London Underground, Tagmaster has received a significant order for its new RFID Railtag. The upgrade is an essential part of Transport for Londons effort to cope with the capitals population growth by a projected 1-2 million people over the next 15 years.

Cubic to build Queensland's AU$371m transport ticketing system
NSW extends contactless travel to American Express cardholders ... Contactless credit cards that utilise biometrics, like one recently launched by ...

IoT solutions will save energy and optimise public transport performance
Intelligent Transport
Internet of Things solutions will gather necessary data which will be analysed to optimise operational performance within public transport operations…

Beijing metro plans biometric payments at turnstiles
Planet Biometrics
Beijing subway system plans to introduce biometric solutions at stations this year to improve transport efficiency and reduce costs, a senior manager said last week.

UK Travel Tips: Giffgaff for Cellular and Apple Pay for Transit
Two other bits of technology made the trip significantly easier and cheaper: Giffgaff and Apple Pay. The oddly named Giffgaff is a Mobile Virtual ...

Govia Thameslink Railway CEO resigns following travel chaos
Bdaily National
Transport firm Go-Ahead Group plc has announced the resignation of the CEO of its Govia Thameslink Railway business. Chief exec Charles Horton tendered his resignation in the

SMART Ticketing Trainer
FirstGroup UK Careers
SMART Ticketing Trainer - 12 Months (7383). Who we are: GWR is the proud custodian of one of the most prestigious railway networks in the world.
(Ed. understands that the ex-Govia CEO might be applying…)

Transport for London BYOD scheme accredits more than 3500 staff devices
A report from think tank Parliament Street reveals that, in the 2016/17 year, TfL had 816 staff devices registered under its BYOD policy, according to ...

Rail fares – superficial debate and soundbite solutions
Richard Rowson, F17 Limited 
I’ve been selling train tickets for most of the last 20 years, and lost count of the amount of first hand customer feedback I’ve had in that time. I’ve also undertaken consultancy work looking at alternative ways of pricing train travel – so it’s a topic I feel compelled to opine upon.

Queensland Budget 2018: Go Card to be replaced by mobile app
Courier Mail
PUBLIC transport ticketing is set to be revolutionised with commuters able to pay for their trips from a range of smart devices in an attempt to lessen the ...

Smart Ticketing and the Transport (Scotland) Bill
Transport Scotland
The Transport (Scotland) Bill will strengthen compatible smart ticketing technology across operators and modes, and set in place an advisory body to ...

UK: Transport for the North plans for smart ticketing
A consortium of transport bodies operating in the north of England has taken step in the creation of a smart ticketing system in looking for a partner to process transactions in a contract worth an estimated £15 million.

Contactless payment fully rolled out on to National Express West Midlands buses
Black Country Radio
After decades of only accepting exact change, every one of the bus company's fleet is now equipped to take contactless payment alongside cash and ...

…and just when you thought you’d sorted your GDPR stuff out (Ed.):

5 Minutes With… Craig Ellis, chief technology officer at the Go-Ahead Group.
SmartRail World
"One of the key projects we are working very on right now is enabling smart card payment across our franchises – much like Transport for London's ...

Metrolink bosses are planning to bring in London transport style fare zones from next year
Manchester Evening News
The move, due to be introduced in early 2019, goes hand-in-hand with the introduction of contactless payments - due to start this summer - and daily ...

TfL takes over Heathrow Connect services in Elizabeth line milestone
Rail Technology Magazine
“Customers will see staff at every station and will be able to use Oyster and contactless payments all the way to the airport.” Rail minister Jo Johnson ...

TfL to add contactless journey and fare history to smartphone app
Ahead of the update, TfL is urging all contactless users without an account to sign up at and get 'app-ready'. They can then ...
(Wot, no Oyster? We should be told of this raw deal. Ed.)

Introducing RideBank™ - account-based ticketing in the cloud
Snapper PR
RideBank™ has been designed to solve the most common obstacles facing card-based systems: to remove the friction of topping up a card, and to provide passengers with a modern online and mobile experience. RideBank™ gives you that, and more! The unique aspect of RideBank™ is that it is a software-only solution and is completely agnostic to equipment. This means you can run RideBank™ alongside whatever AFC system you are currently operating, without disruption and without requiring a change to new equipment.

CIPURSE Specification Chosen for Fare Collection Solution in ...
Global Banking And Finance Review (press release)-3 Jun 2018
CIPURSE Specification Chosen for Fare Collection Solution in Moscow's Innovation Hub ... fare collection solution trial across Moscow's Skolkovo bus route. ... district and the city's famed start-up and innovation hub, Skolkovo.

UK: TfL confirms tram network will go ticketless from July 16
[Croydon] TfL justified its decision by claiming that just 66 paper single tickets are sold per day across entire tram network. A paper ticket bought from a ticket machine costs £2.60 whereas the equivalent pay-as-you-go single fare with Oyster or a contactless bank card is £1.50. Passengers using pay-as-you-go also have access to the Mayor’s Hopper fare, which gives a second tram or bus journey for free within one hour of touching in on the first tram or bus journey.

[TENDER] Transport for the North - IST Programme - Merchant Acquirer
IST Mailbox (kindly submitted by Kevin Farquharson)
TfN is working in partnership with transport Operators, Local Transport Authorities and the Department of Transport on its Integrated and Smart Travel Programme to deliver a multi-operator, multi-modal account-based ticketing solution. Central to the programme’s proposition is the Account-Based Back Office for Travel (ABBOT), a shared ‘back office’ to be used by third-party operators which will collect information on all trips (across multiple operators and transport modes initially in the North of England with the realistic potential to grow to a United Kingdom wide scope excluding London). The scope of this procurement is to appoint a Merchant Acquirer for ABBOT for the acceptance of contactless bank cards or similar form of payment for integrated ticketing. Particular focus in this procurement will be on the management and minimisation of declined transactions to minimise this element of the cost of sale of this retail channel as well as commercially attractive low transaction fees.

Oxford bus passengers embrace contactless payments
Oxford Mail
Both bus companies will introduce the next stage of its contactless technology this year by adding 'intelligent fare calculation', which will work out the ...

'Revolutionary' city travel app which could make private car ownership obsolete hailed at Dundee ...
The Courier
It's happening right here, whether it's autonomous vehicles, smart ticketing or contactless demand-responsive transport mobility as a service.

UK transport industry welcomes smart ticketing and fares consultation
Intelligent Transport
The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has announced a new consultation process regarding the delivery of the Smart Ticketing on National Rail (STNR) ...

Contactless payments introduced on Stagecoach buses in North East Lincolnshire
Grimsby Telegraph
Forget scrabbling around for change at the bus stop - passengers on Stagecoach buses can now pay with the touch of a card thanks to contactless ...

TfL names head of new consulting arm as it eyes millions in revenue by working on transport ...
City A.M.
It will also look to share its expertise on the development of integrated control centres, and fares and ticketing systems, with Oyster and contactless ...

EU agrees proposal for travel information body
Security Document World
EU ambassadors have confirmed an agreement reached between the Council Presidency and the European Parliament representatives on the proposal for a European travel information and authorisation system (ETIAS).

Toronto Transit Pursues Mobile Fares
Mobile ID World
Passengers in North America's fourth biggest transit system may be able to pay their fares with their phones in the near future thanks to Toronto Transit Commission support for platforms like Apple Pay and Google Pay. Hints of such functionality emerged this week via Metrolinx, the agency that ...

Urban Airship Powers Real-Time Mobile Wallet Tickets and Boarding Passes with Google Pay
GlobeNewswire (press release)
Unlike paper tickets or emailed boarding passes, these mobile wallet tickets unlock new levels of convenience for travelers, with real-time updates (like departure time changes) sent to the lockscreen and personalized one-to-one messaging within the card. Urban Airship sends real-time updates on ...

Digital Transformation York takes high-tech approach to tackling congestion
Digital by Default News
In the first of two Department for Transport projects which could change the way traffic is managed in the UK, the council has installed special sensors on a notoriously busy stretch of the A59. These will pick up anonymous (‘hashed’) mobile phone signals and data from ‘connected’ cars.

Rail industry prepares for season ticket cull in fares shake-up
The Guardian
Rail firms claim these restrictions make it impractical to offer more flexible “smart ticketing”, such as those implemented on the London Underground, ...
(And about time too. But don’t hold your breath: Ed.)

Visa and TransLink partner to drive contactless payments in Canada
Visa's Canadian subsidiary has partnered with TransLink to launch its Global Transit Solutions programme in the country to bring convenient 'tap and pay' approach to passengers. From 22 May 2018, all types of mass transit operators will be able to leverage the programme to add contactless credit card ...

ABT, M-Ticketing, EMV: the top trends in transport ticketing
Payments Cards & Mobile
… let’s take a closer look at the front-running trends in the next-generation ticketing race, the benefits and challenges of implementation, and the key considerations players in the transport market need to guarantee a successful project.