TCF News

Updated on 12th April 2018

The mobile is your oyster: the global shift to mobile-based ticketing
Intelligent Transport
According to Juniper Research, close to 23 billion transport and event tickets will be purchased globally using mobile handsets by 2020. Within London's transport network alone, there have been over 1 billion contactless journeys completed with Transport for London (TfL) since its launch in 2012 and ...

iPhones Finally Recognized by Beijing Metro to Pay Subway Fares
The Beijinger (blog)
As long awaited as the new iOS update will be to iPhone users, Apple's latest announcement arrives days after the Beijing Metro said it will introduce QR phone code payment in May that will allow commuters to pay fares directly with e-payment systems and rid them of any need for transport cards.

Exchange chocolate for train tickets with new Chiltern machines
Oxford Mail
The new machines are faster and easier to use, with bigger screens and contactless payment facilities. They are also wheelchair accessible with a screen that can be lowered to accommodate wheelchair users. The project is part of Chiltern's 2018 Continuous Improvement Plan, which also includes a ...

Are you comparing apples with apples?
Snapper article
Account-based ticketing and accepting EMV cards in transit are not exactly the same. The transit industry has been flooded with new terms such as EMV, contactless, first tap risk, open-loop and account-based ticketing. Our latest whitepaper unpacks the key terms and their relevance to your strategy, especially when it comes to EMV and account-based ticketing.
(Worth registering to download and read this treatise on EMV and ABT. Ed.)

Russia: Domodedovo automates passenger boarding
Rusavia Insider
Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport has completed testing of eGate automated gates, which enable passengers to pass pre-flight checks and board the plane themselves. As a result of the trials the technology “has proven efficient,” the airport reports.

Transport for the North takes up powers
Construction News
Mr Johnson said: “With significant new powers enabling TfN to speak with one voice and drive forward crucial projects, such as Northern Powerhouse Rail and smart ticketing, I am confident that TfN will play a pivotal role in delivering the future of northern transport.” Mr Cridland said the move meant that ...

intu Milton Keynes launches Tap & Go parking
Milton Keynes Citizen
Customers parking in the multi-storey car park can simply present their contactless bank or credit card to the sensor pad, park up, enjoy a rush-free ... “Many of us are now used to paying for our shopping, meals or tickets by presenting our contactless card at the checkout, making payment easier and ...

UK: Cash boost for ScotRail's smartcard customers
Helensburgh Advertiser
More than 11,000 ScotRail customers with a live Smartcard season ticket on March 21, 2018 qualified for a share [£89] of £1m. This was the final part of the Scottish Government’s £3m fares fund to reward loyal customers.

Launch of contactless bus payments on Wee County First Buses
Alloa Advertiser
COMMUTERS in the Wee County will benefit from quicker journeys as a result of digital bus tickets, according to MSP Keith Brown. Contactless payment technology on First Buses was introduced recently and now provides a range of ticketing options through its new mobile app. The move aims to ...

UK: Under-18s in South Yorkshire get smartcard ticket upgrade
Intelligent Transport
TravelMaster in South Yorkshire welcomes smarter ticketing by replacing paper tickets with smartcards for members of its GetAbout scheme for 16-18 year old travellers…

Face recognition, palm-scanning and the energy efficient future of public transport
The business behind the Oyster cards and contactless payment systems used in London is called Cubic Transportation Systems. Its President, Matt Cole, told CNBC's "Sustainable Energy" that its payments systems helped to increase the efficiency of transit agencies' operations. If public transport ...

PDMS is awarded Transport Scotland TABO 2 contract to facilitate concessionary travel
PDMS will be working in partnership with Euclid Ltd who are implementing their Fareshare solution to provide analysis, reporting and enable information to allow re-imbursement on smart journeys, including Scottish National Concessionary Travel Schemes and, optionally, commercial travel. Fareshare is a proven product, already managing the back-office system for the Transport for West Midlands Swift scheme. The new cloud-based solution will be a direct replacement for the existing Transport Scotland TABO system. PDMS, an ITSO certified supplier, will also be providing programme management, data migration, and support services from its offices in Glasgow. The contract is for a four year period, with the possibility of two extensions, each of two years. The contract value for the 4 year period equates to just under £3 million.

Smart Cards for Lock Passages on River Shannon, Waterways Ireland Rolls Out New Service
Waterways Ireland is extending its Smart Card system to include lock passages on the River Shannon and Lower Bann. The service will be tested from a technical perspective at Albert Lock on the Shannon and the Cutts Lock on the Lower Bann for a two week period beginning on the 16th of April 2018.
(Ed. recalls the old Irish smart card lock scheme of 25 years ago.  Plus ca change…)

Ipswich Buses to launch contactless payments
East Anglian Daily Times
Ipswich Buses are launching contactless payment on Sunday.

Contactless technology brought to Skye bus travel
The Skye Times
Mark Whitelocks, Managing Director of Stagecoach North Scotland, said: "Bus travel is experiencing a complete transformation and we are delighted to be able to celebrate this today. We continue to invest in new technology to make it easier than ever to catch the bus. From contactless technology and ...

Stagecoach launch contactless payment
Ian Mollison
Stagecoach has launched a contactless payment service at Aberdeen bus station, with the initiative allowing passengers to pay for their travel with a credit or debit card, as well as Apple Pay and Android Pay. The machines are being installed in more than 350 buses and coaches in the Aberdeen and ...

ACT launches transformational smart-ticketing environment
ACT, a Fujitsu company, has just launched Actora®, a modular smart-ticketing environment which gives 360° visibility and greater control of transport-ticketing operations through a powerful, consolidated, user interface. Gary Watts, CEO, ACT, advised: “This is the most advanced ticketing environment we've built by far. Following an extensive market research and a customer engagement programme, our R and D teams have been designing and building Actora for two years. It will transform how ticketing schemes are deployed and managed.”