TCF News

Updated on 12th October 2018

Paragon ID becomes NXP MIFARE Premium Partner
Paragon ID
Paragon ID is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by NXP Semiconductors as a MIFARE Premium Partner , an outstanding recognition of the company’s leading position in ticketing solutions for the Transport and Smart Cities sector which represents 65% of the company’s revenues.

UK: Bus company launches its own version of London's Oyster card system for passengers in Bucks
Bucks Free Press
Carousel Buses says its new travel smartcard called 'The Key' will save passengers time and money. Passengers will be able to pay for their travel in advance by putting credit on the pass online and in travel shops.
(Wot, no cEMV? Astound-Ed.)

A Critical Evaluation of ITSO Smart Ticketing policy, practice and outcomes
Alison Rumbles
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

UK: Rail passengers to benefit from ‘one-click’ compensation
The introduction of simple and speedy ‘one-click’ automated claims systems, available via smartphones and smartcard registration, form part of stronger obligations for future train operators under UK government-awarded franchises, ensuring that passengers are more aware than ever of their right to compensation.

Confidex delivers future-proof Smart Tickets for Glasgow
Confidex PR
Confidex was awarded by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), the largest of Scotland’s seven regional transport partnerships, as the supplier of Smart Tickets for Glasgow Subway.

EU: Northlink Ferries rolls out new mobile ticketing app
NorthLink Ferries has selected European solutions provider Corethree to roll out its new mobile ticketing app. Previously passengers could book their voyage to the Scottish Northern Isles with NorthLink Ferries via their website, telephone or by visiting one of their offices. However, as of today passengers can use the new app to book tickets, cabins and vehicles on a journey and pay securely through a mobile device.

Some Yellow Bus fares to go up from Friday
Bournemouth Echo
Fares for those who use cash or contactless technology will stay largely the same. But the cost of using smart cards of the app will rise because of the cost to Yellow Buses of using those platforms.
(Well they have to increase the fares to cover the additional cost of those pesky smart cards that they have been trying to get you to use. Ed.)

ACT launches automated reimbursement for concessionary journeys
ACT, a Fujitsu company, has launched an automated reimbursement service to enable transport authorities to calculate the reimbursement owed to operators quickly and easily, based on smart travel records.

Stagecoach launches contactless payments for travel across Cumbria and North Lancashire
The Westmorland Gazette
BUS passengers using Stagecoach services across Cumbria and North Lancashire can now pay for their travel using contactless technology.

UK: 5 payment tricks retailers can learn from TfL
Essential Retail
When Transport for London (TfL) began offering customers top-up Oyster cards, and later contactless debit cards as payment options, it began a revolution of public transport ticketing which would go on to set standards around the world. Matthew Hudson, head of strategy, technology and data at TfL, describes that journey, which involved a considerable amount of customer data analysis and a stand-off with Apple.

PM announces £840m transport funding pot for city improvements
Local authorities in Derby and Nottingham, Leicester, the North East, Norwich, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Sheffield, Stoke-on-Trent and West Yorkshire have been invited to bid for a share of the funding. The Government say the funding could go towards new bus routes, smart technology aimed at reducing congestion or docking stations for e-bikes.
(More islands of interoperability on the horizon?  Ed.)

Are Contactless Multi-Currency Prepaid Cards the New Preferred Travel Card
Volopa a foreign exchange fintech and London-based payment company is seeking to make travel to multiple countries seamless from a payments ...

Eftpos wants to tap into contactless transport payments
Debit card network Eftpos is looking to tap into contactless transport payments to take the fight to its credit cards competitors. The company this week ...

Easily Migrate your Mobile Ticketing to Masabi
Masabi PR
Mobile ticketing has changed the game in terms of being able to quickly deliver fare collection innovation to passengers, but thanks to the maturity, architecture, reliability and robustness of the Justride Platform mobile ticketing can now be made available to passengers in just a handful of days.

Public transport - Interoperable fare management system - Bluetooth low energy ticketing use cases and guidelines.
BSI: kindly supplied by Chris Queree
This technical report is up for the vote (the UK will support it). Of potential interest to TCF members. (Ed.)

Driving strategy change with a customer-centric approach to ticketing
Intelligent Transport
Our retail strategy is focused on developing two main channels, mTickets and contactless, while serving our customers with a subscription-style ticket ...

Octopus' transport payment monopoly under threat? – 8 in 10 passengers would pay by e-wallet or ...
South China Morning Post
Eight out of every 10 public transport users in Hong Kong would use electronic payment systems such as Alipay, WeChat Pay, contactless credit cards ...

Aircoach to introduce contactless payments on its routes
Newstalk 106-108 fm
Transport company Aircoach has become the first bus operator in Ireland to offer contactless pay. Passengers who travel on its routes between Dublin ...

Translink launches ticketing system for Glider bus network
ITS International
Translink has unveiled its future ticketing system at the launch of the Glider bus rapid transit network in Belfast. The technology will allow riders with more flexible options to pay for journeys, the company says.

First Bus completes national deployment of contactless payments
Intelligent Transport
This announcement means First Bus is the first bus operator of its size to offer contactless nationally. Since June 2017 the business has been working ...