TCF News

Updated on 23rd February 2018

No cash? No worries as Uno Buses launch new contactless service
Northampton Chronicle and Echo
Uno Buses, along with the University of Northampton, officially launched contactless payments across all their bus services. ... Contactless will be live on both the Violet 19 service and route 21 from Tuesday, February 20. ... The new contactless payments have been described as 'the icing on the cake'.

Buses to be upgraded with smart ticketing system
Shetland News
They are also looking to secure funding to fully roll-out a similar smart ticketing system on the council's inter-island ferries. A report discussed at Wednesday's ZetTrans meeting says the new "hardware provides the capability to introduce various payment methods, including debit and credit cards, as well ...

UK: First Bus bring in contactless payment - to make journeys quicker
First Bus said all 116 of its vehicles operating in and around North Staffordshire have been fitted with the new technology.

UK: ScotRail launches £1million reward fund for Smartcard customers
Dunfermline Press
(A wee bit of bribery then? Ed.)

From Beacons to Biometrics: Get Ready for the Connected Airport Experience
Adobe Blog
Beacons, mobile apps, and facial recognition technology are creating a connected airport experience that allows brands to reach and engage more customers.

NFC Forum Releases 'Accelerating Smart Travel' Infographic
NFC Forum
The NFC Forum’s Transport Special Interest Group have led this effort to harmonize standards and specifications for interoperable e-ticketing solutions in public transportation for the past few years. The infographic continues the theme, showing how a single, seamless NFC-enabled integrated platform delivers multiple benefits to public transport, including reducing traffic,…

A Critical Evaluation of ITSO Smart Ticketing policy, practice and outcomes
Pearl - Plymouth University
This thesis contributes to the ongoing debate on the future of smart ticketing in the United Kingdom, and in particular the role of ITSO in that future. Through evaluation of commentary from prominent elite personnel connected with the transport industry and from local and national government ...
(You can download the full report by clicking on ‘Thesis – full version’ under the View/Open heading on the left. Ed.)

How Long Does The Oyster Card Have Left?
The Oyster card launched in June 2003, making it nearly 15 years old . Back then it was the only alternative to paper tickets. In the intervening years a new option arose, contactless payments, which some believe is the future of London transport's ticketing. It's the same simple motion as Oyster — a tap ...

Contactless ticket machines coming to Oxford Parkway as part of £2m upgrade plan
Oxford Mail
NEW ticket machines will be installed at Oxford Parkway, Bicester Village and Banbury stations as part of a £2m upgrade. The machines will have bigger screens, contactless payment facilities and be wheelchair accessible with a screen that can be lowered. The technology is already in place at London ...

UK: Go-Ahead introduces new tap-free bus ticketing system
Intelligent Transport
The Go-Ahead Group, alongside a team of technology experts, has created a pioneering system that offers customer a new form of tap-free contactless ticketing. Passengers use the app to initiate their journey as the bus arrives and show their activated pass to the driver. The state-of-the-art system allows passengers to simply link a bank account with the HOPSTA app where they are automatically charged the lowest fare for their journey on departure of the bus, thanks to terminals called iBeacons which connect to mobile signals on a phone.
(At last things are getting really interesting. Go, Go, Go-Ahead! Ed.)

Biometric facial technology at airports: limits, but moving ahead, with President Trump's support
CAPA - Centre for Aviation
There are particular benefits to this technology. Other biometrics like fingerprints, iris scans, and speech recognition cannot perform this kind of mass identification. And questions have been raised on the effectiveness of face recognition software in cases of railway and airport security. For example, as ...
(The GDPR boys might not be happy at an EU version.  Involuntary biometric measurement of innocent people? Really? Ed.)

Parking in a cashless society slowly evolving in Cornwall
Standard Freeholder
To use the app, the user puts their car's licence plate number into the app and can pay for however much parking time they want through the app using a credit card, a Visa debit card, PayPal, ApplePay or Masterpass. Bylaw officers have a real-time list of licence plate numbers that have paid, so they ...

Making MaaS work: overcoming the issue of governance
Intelligent Transport
Public transport has been talking about multimodal smart ticketing for decades. While some have managed to get multimodality to work in cities, very few are multimodal on a national scale. The Netherlands and Denmark are two examples that have managed to be successful nationally, with ...

Transport for the North boss hits back at criticism and sets out vision to transform the region
Among the plans for the North East are to connect it to Northern Powerhouse Rail, an improvement strategy which will link the region's largest cities and eventually see train journeys between Newcastle and Liverpool cut from well over three hours down to two. A smart-ticketing system for the North, ...

EXCLUSIVE: The rollout of contactless ticketing in Europe
Metro Magazine
The world of transport continues its unprecedented rate of turbulence and change. This includes new business models, services, and globalization of ideas. Meanwhile, the basics of providing a reliable, safe, and efficient daily transport system in our communities is even more important to defend existing investments and allow our communities to function and prosper.

Visa Furthers the Development of Contactless Fare Collection (press release) (blog)
The Global Transit Solutions allow the accelerated use of debit, credit and pre-paid accounts at the faregate or on a bus reader. Increased accessibility and ease for riders to purchase their tickets has the ability to attract riders and increase ridership. Contactless payments like the Global Transit Solutions ...

Enabling account-based ticketing (ABT) - read the latest eBook from OSPT Alliance
iseepr for OSPT Alliance
Industry buzz has been growing surrounding account-based ticketing (ABT). Offering a more seamless passenger experience, the capacity to cut costs, simplify maintenance logistics and improve security, ABT could offer a way to super-charge ticketing solutions and promote a better travelling experience. But to fully realize the benefits of ABT, there needs to be a change in industry approach. In this eBook, we’ll be exploring the benefits of implementing ABT functionality…

UK railway news round-up
Railway Gazette International
Until now passengers delayed for 15 min were eligible for compensation at a flat-rate of £0·39 if using the c2c smart card, but no compensation if using paper tickets. On February 2 Fareham Borough Council said a feasibility study commissioned from Network Rail in November had suggested that a ...

Rush hour panic for London commuters as TFL machines decline hundreds of contactless ...
Daily Mail
Hundreds of commuters suffered disruption to their journeys this morning after Transport for London machines stopped accepting Apple Pay. Frustrated punters trying to catch buses and Tubes took to Twitter to complain that their payment method had been rejected - leaving some at a loss what to do.

Passenger Name Records: the challenges of identification and authentication
Processing of "passenger data" will be a major project of the coming years, but it will require the implementation of high-performance infrastructure, in particular to authenticate individuals and check the integrity of travel documents. The challenge is considerable as governments are also now interested in a PNR for maritime and international land transport.

Row as Virgin is given year long extension for West Coast train service
Lancashire Evening Post
Virgins said it is investing £7.5m, refitting all 56 pendolinos, contactless payment on ticket machines, station investment, more apprenticeships, more staff at peak times and better customer information. Phil Whittingham, Managing Director of Virgin Trains on the West Coast said: “Virgin Trains has led the ...

Edinburgh Trams sees huge shift to contactless payment (Intelligent Transport)
London Reconnections
Journeys on Edinburgh Trams increased by 19 per cent from 2016 to 2017, reaching 6.6 million, leading to the company embracing new technology to meet the demands of its rising number of customers… Within two weeks of the launch of contactless payment ticketing at Edinburgh Trams, 50 per cent ...

Driving change in the bus industry with smarter ticketing and payments
Intelligent Transport
Smarter ticketing drives changes within the bus industry. The introduction of contactless payments alongside our success with mobile ticketing is pivotal and the use of mTickets is exceeding our expectations, continuing to grow daily. We are seeing customers adopting contactless payments with the ...