TCF News

Updated on 25th July 2019

'Anti-family' Lothian Buses under fire for contactless payment restrictions
Edinburgh News
…Lothian Buses launched a new contactless payment service on Wednesday – but parents have been left fuming after it was confirmed that child and family tickets cannot be paid for with the contactless technology.

Ticketer completes Arriva contactless ETM rollout
Coach & Bus Week
Ticketer has announced a record-time rollout of its new contactless ETMs across Arriva's UK fleet of 3,500 buses in six months. The new Ticketer ETMs ...

Ireland: Aircoach launches 'Ticketing App'
Aircoach, Ireland’s leading private bus and coach operator has today announced details of an app that will enable customers to pre-purchase their bus tickets in advance. The initiative means there will no longer be a requirement for customers to carry cash or to queue at the ticket desk at Dublin Airport.

Vix Technology launches new cEMV service as contactless payments go live on Manchester’s Metrolink today
What Mobile
Vix Technology have today announced the launch of Vix Whisper, a new contactless EMV payment service, as contactless payments go live for passengers of the Metrolink network in Greater Manchester.
Manchester Metrolink gets contactless payments technology
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has introduced a contactless payments infrastructure to its tram network, as research reveals the technology has transformed user experience. Travellers on Manchester’s trams can now use bank contactless bank cards to tap when they get on and off the network, with the total fair worked out automatically.

UK: Leicestershire bus firm launches contactless service which calculates fares automatically
Leicester Mercury
A bus service is launching the a tap-on tap-off contactless payment option on all its routes. Loughborough-based Kinchbus is upgrading its fleet with the new tech, which allows customers to tap-on the new contactless ticket machines and tap-off as they leave at their stop.

Why there could be trouble on the cards for Yorkshire's smart ticketing revolution
Yorkshire Post
It's a vision at the heart of the long-term plan to better connect the 15 million people living in northern England and help bridge the long-standing ...

Thameslink's Luton Airport shuttle bus now takes contactless payment
There has been a new contactless payment system introduced onboard of the Thameslink's Luton Airport Shuttle bus. This new contactless payment ...

Contactless card payments coming to Lothian Buses in the 'very near future'
Edinburgh News
Twitter user @AurindamPaul has spotted contactless devices being fitted on several Lothian buses - so decided to take matters into their own hands ...
(The photo is of a ‘fingerprint’ card. Is there something we should know? Ed.)

UK: All Liverpool's buses go contactless
Liverpool becomes first outside London to roll out contactless city-wide, as authority considers franchising options… All buses across Liverpool will be accepting contactless payments from the end of July. This makes it the first city region outside London to offer contactless on every bus.

Mobile ticket app, WiFi coming to Lakeland's buses
The Ledger
Lakeland bus riders may soon find themselves ditching their Smart Card passes in favor of the latest technology. Citrus Connection will ...

All Liverpool city region buses set to take contactless payments
Liverpool Business News (press release)
Merseyside's two biggest bus operators, Stagecoach and Arriva, already accept contactless payments on all their vehicles. Stagecoach made the ...

Smart Parking with SWIFT cards
Parking News via Cammax: click through for .pdf  
(TfWM developing a fully integrated transport system. Ed.)

EU members ignite hope over 5G connected cars
Mobile World Live
Industry groups including the GSMA, GSA, ETNO and the 5G Automotive Association were among those that hit out at the EC's proposal, which was ...

Connected cars and the future of transport
Ankur Bhan, Head of WING at Nokia, discusses the future of connected cars, security of IoT devices and the evolution of Nokia's WING business.

UK: TfGM announces contactless payments on Metrolink trams
Railtechnology Magazine
Passengers will be able to ‘touch-in’ using their contactless cards on Manchester Metrolink trams from July 15, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) announced today. The introduction of the new payment option represents the first aggregated ‘Pay As You Go’ system on light rail outside of London.

ECR: Leaders in mobile ticketing and revenue inspection solutions
Open Access Government (Advert but of interest: Ed.)
All-in-one design with an inbuilt printer, 2D QR scanner, contactless/mobile wallet card reader, RFID, ITSO accreditation, 3G/4G mobile network, Wi-Fi, ...

Jorudan and Masabi Launch Mobile Ticketing in Japan
Masabi PR
Masabi, the company bringing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) ticketing and payments to public transport and Jorudan, Japan’s leading trip planning service, today announced that they have launched mobile ticketing within the Jorudan app. More than 10 million users throughout Japan are now able to plan their journey

Public transit to take contactless debit cards, smartphone payments
NL Times
By 2021, the Dutch government wants to begin phasing out the OV Chipkaart payment method used by public transportation operators for nearly a ...

Electric car users can now use contactless pay to charge vehicles
ITV News
Electric car users in Jersey will now find it easier to pay to charge their vehicles with contactless card or a mobile app. Jersey Electricity and the ...

Passengers set to benefit from new contactless payments on Metrolink
Oldham Chronicle
Metrolink passengers across Greater Manchester are set to benefit from a new and easy-to-use contactless payment system – transforming the way ...

Google Maps to start predicting crowdedness on public transport
Google Maps is already one of the most popular ways to plan the comings and goings of daily life, but a new update makes it just a little bit better.

Transport / Bus app could increase revenue, councillor suggests
Shetland News
A COUNCILLOR believes that pinging real-time location data of buses in Shetland to a mobile phone app could encourage more people to use services – and increase income at the same time.

London Travelcard, Oyster and Contactless
South Western Railway
Travelling around London is cheap and convenient using London Travelcards, Oyster and contactless. Find out more about buying and using Oyster, ...

Accenture to sign agreement with Netherlands, Canada and others, confirms David Treat
Moreover, Treat will approve the agreement, called “Known Traveler Digital Identity,” which intends to customize the passenger's encounters utilizing ...

NEORide and Masabi Launch EZfare an Innovative Multi-Agency Cashless Mobile Ticketing App
Masabi PR
NEORide, a consortium of seven Ohio transit agencies, today announced that for the first time passengers across the region will be able to enjoy the freedom and flexibility to plan a trip, get real-time information, and purchase a ticket all within a single app. Working with Masabi, the new EZFare cashless mobile ticketing and fare payment app is an important step in enabling a seamless and integrated Statewide journey experience for passengers across multiple transit agencies.

THIS new smart technology will help prevent baggage theft at airports
News Nation
Researchers claim to have developed a smart system that can help prevent baggage theft and facilitate hassle free collection of luggage at airports by ...

Contactless payment system on Thameslink's Luton Airport Shuttle bus
Luton Today
Contactless payment system on Thameslink's Luton Airport Shuttle bus ... A new contactless payment system has been introduced on Thameslink's ...

Visa Buys Rambus Payments To Tokenize Any Transaction On Any Network
In the battle against payments fraud, tokenization offers a strong arrow in the quiver. Visa announces today (June 25) that it has acquired the token and ticketing services technology of Rambus. Visa’s TS Anil, senior vice president and global head of payment products & platforms, tells Karen Webster how the move brings tokenization to greenfield opportunities beyond the card, to account-to-account and real-time payments — and possibly beyond.
Further reading on this interesting development can be found here: (Ed.)
Visa to acquire Rambus Payments Portfolio

Arriva North West and Wales launch contactless payments on all services
Coach & Bus Week
Arriva North West and Wales has announced that contactless payments are now available on all of its services, through Ticketer ETM. This news ...

The curse of Bitcon and its fellow craptocurrencies continues, but the cops are on the case (Ed.)…

Dramatic increase in Smart Card use
Greater Anglia
More rail passengers than ever switched to using innovative rail Smart Cards in East Anglia this year, after train operator Greater Anglia took steps to improve them. 94.6% of Greater Anglia’s annual season tickets holders, and 84% of monthly season ticket holders, are now seeing the benefits of the train operator’s convenient plastic cards over paper tickets.

Public Transport Victoria reports strong takeup for Mobile myki transit cards
NFC World
The virtual Mobile myki transit card is stored in the Google Pay app on customers' phones. They can then use it to touch on and off the network, check…

Government to launch Universal Smart Card Driving License
All India Radio
Government to launch Universal Smart Card Driving License ... has decided to modify the format of driving licenses to smart card type driving licences.

'Tube map for Greater Manchester' revealed as major changes planned
The Bolton News
There will also be new trams introduced, with a contactless card system on the Metrolink and 1,000 new park and ride spaces by the end of 2020.

Contactless payment rolled out across Aberdeenshire as free parking is scrapped
Press and Journal
Contactless payment is being rolled out across Aberdeenshire's pay and display car parks to make it easier for drivers to abide by controversial new ...

Dangerous drivers and vehicles targeted in ANPR camera crackdown
UK Haulier News
“By trialling the use of the existing ANPR camera network, we are looking at how we can tackle illegal and dangerous drivers who put people's lives at ...

Top 10 Fare Collection Trends (you need to be aware of!)
While the transport ticketing industry has seen rapid technological evolution in recent years, most fare collection systems are still reliant on propitiatory [sic: proprietary maybe? Ed.] tickets, on-premise infrastructure and specialist (expensive) hardware.

Hungary: Budapest's mobile ticketing system gets launched
Hungary's national m-payment company Nemzeti Mobilfizetesi launched the first phase of Budapest's mobile ticket system on 3 June after more than half a year of preparatory work and continuous testing.

France: 'Navigo Easy': Meet the new Paris Metro card launched today
The Local
The days of the classic cardboard Paris metro ticket are numbered as the French capital launches its version of London’s Oyster Card on Wednesday.