TCF News

Updated on 14th February 2020

c2c launch new 'reduce the queues' campaign
Braintree and Witham Times
TRAIN operator c2c has launched a new campaign to help customers beat the ticket office queues. Following a long list of customers woes which has ...

£151m up for grabs as DfT starts latest self-assessment process
The Department for Transport has released the self-assessment questionnaire that will determine the 2020/2021 Incentive Fund allocations for highway authorities in England, excluding London, with £151m up for grabs.

TfSE joins forces with the big three
Transport Network
Network Rail, Highways England and Transport for London have all agreed to join the board of Transport for the South East.

Transport for Greater Manchester Chooses Snowflake to Underpin Its Data Analytics Strategy
AiThority (press release) (blog)
The initiative introduced a quick, easy touch-in and touch-out function at tram stops and included a contactless system that delivers customers the ...
…Snowflake, the Cloud Data Platform, announced that Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is using Snowflake’s cloud-built data platform to harness and analyse crucial mobility data. Migrating to Snowflake has allowed TfGM the freedom to ingest data, extract insights and gain value to support its business operations. This transition has given its users a more seamless experience when travelling around Greater Manchester.

TfL to shake up Oyster card deposit refunds – check if you can get cash back
It adds that those visiting London for a short time should pay for travel using a contactless bank card or mobile device, instead of an Oyster card.

Passengers confused over rail delay compensation
Your Money
... how you paid for your journey, such as whether you have a railcard or season ticket, or if you paid via your mobile or with a contactless bank card.


Nottingham City Council could introduce more cashless parking after 18 ticket machines hit by ...
Nottinghamshire Live
"We're looking to introduce more contactless pay-and-display machines in readiness and this should also greatly reduce the number currently ... 

How IoT Brings Railway Efficiency to Dutch Rail Network
IoT World Today (blog)
Internet of Things (IoT) sensor-generated data is another key piece of improving railway efficiency and operations. Accordingly, the number of IoT ...

Natural Selection: Discussing open standards at Transport Ticketing Global 2020
Philippe Martineau, President of OSPT Alliance, discussing key takeaways from last week’s Transport Ticketing Global event in London.

Shell invests in Masabi to Help Make Public Transport Easier to Choose and Use
Its latest capability removes the need for passengers to buy a ticket before traveling, allowing them to simply tap a contactless bank card, mobile ...

Why plans for electric cars to have green number plates would require more Big Brother cameras ...
This is Money
The proposal document put forward by the DfT states that enforcement of a green number plate scheme would be conducted using Big Brother ANPR ...

Self-service smart card machines to go live at GTR
Railway Gazette International
UK: Govia Thameslink Railway passengers will be able to obtain the operator's ITSO-compliant The Key smart cards through self-service vending ...

Tap On, Tap Off ticketing system reaches 1m transactions
MobileMarketing Magazine
Riders can use touchless technology to pay, including Visa, Mastercard, Apple Pay, and Google Pay. “Tap On, Tap Off contactless has made it even ...

TfL reaffirms price freeze for London's public transport network
Fleet World
By Spring 2020, daily and weekly capping for contactless pay as you go ... By using pay as you go with a contactless or Oyster card, adult off-peak ...

ITSO launches Yotra brand
Railway Gazette International
UK: ITSO Ltd has rebranded its mobile ticketing subsidiary company ITSO Transit Hub as Yotra Ltd, launching the new name at the Transport Ticketing Global conference on January 28. The aim is to create a clearer distinction between the non-profit membership body that manages the ITSO standards and security, and the commercial activities for which it charges. Separation could also facilitate the potential expansion of ITSO technology beyond the transport ticketing sector.

UK: Plans to install new card-only “ticket vending machine” at Ruabon station
Plans to install a new ‘ticket vending machine’ and canopy at Ruabon Train Station have been put forward. Transport for Wales (Tfw) say the new ‘card only’ machines are being rolled out at stations across Wales.

Masabi, Mastercard and UniCredit Bank Deliver City-Wide Mobile Ticketing to Bucharest STB
Masabi PR
Masabi, the company bringing Fare Payments-as-a-Service to public transport, today announced that it has launched the BPay mobile ticketing app for Societatea de Transport Bucuresti (STB) across the Romanian capital city, working in conjunction with its partners Mastercard and UniCredit Bank. The app is available for download from both the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Confidex, Thales to Launch Flexible Clap Card for Mass Transit Market
Printed Electronics Now
Confidex and Thales have formed an exclusive partnership to develop a flexible smart media for Calypso-based system. Under the terms of the agreement, Thales provides Confidex with a Gemalto operating system that complies with the Calypso Light application (CLAP). CLAP is a shrunk version of Calypso, ideal for low-cost and high-volume contactless paper-based card used in public transport.
(Ed. might get the CLAP.  Well done the PR department)

"Welcome to the year 2020!" You can finally pay with card on Sheffield's trams
The Star
Customers can now use contactless, Google Pay or Apple Pay. No more missing the next service because you need to go to the cash machine.

UK: Paragon ID to launch new self-service smartcard kiosk at Transport Ticketing Global 2020
…The automatic smartcard kiosk dispenses ITSO standard smartcards registered to the customer, which can easily be linked to an online account within seconds. This eliminates the need for customers to wait for a new smartcard to arrive in the post after ordering it online from their transport provider.

Cardiff moots congestion charge to help fund £2bn transport plan
Transport Network
Non-residents could be charged £2 a day to drive into Cardiff after the city council unveiled a £2bn vision to transform the transport network in the city and South East Wales.

Conduent Transportation to Showcase Fare Collection and Mobility Solutions at Transport ...
Yahoo Finance
Annual event is the world's largest dedicated to smart ticketing for transport.

Petrol pumps get FASTag-like technology to beat queues
NEW DELHI : Sample this. You drive into a petrol pump, a Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) reader on the fuel nozzle finds out how much petrol or ...

Face biometrics startup TouchByte joins rail innovation accelerator program
Biometric Update
Biometric facial recognition, AI, and video analytics solutions developer TouchByte has been selected together with nine other tech start-ups to take ...

The public transport ITS market in Europe and North America to reach € 3.7 billion by 2023
IoT Business News (press release) (blog)
Berg Insight, the world's leading M2M/IoT market research provider, today released new findings about the market for Intelligent Transport Systems ...

How biometric services improve passenger experience in airports
International Airport Review
How biometric services improve passenger experience in airports. 1 ... which uses our NeoFace biometric face recognition technology, to sustain future ... in both locations to create an interoperable digital identity for each passenger.

Self-service Company Cammax Set to Attend Transport Ticketing Global 2020 as they Launch New ...
Daily Squib
Cammax, the company that has produced truly revolutionary smart ticketing solutions in a vending machine for the transport ...

China launches facial recognition car rental service
Planet Biometrics
China has launched a new blockchain-based initiative to eliminate the tedious process of renting a car. The country's first kiosk was rolled out in ...
(Europe could learn a thing or two from this: renting a car here is a nightmare of wasteful duplication and wasted time. Ed.)

Sheffield Modernizes Parking Terminal Estate with Flowbird
Parking Network (press release)
Sheffield City Council has completed a project to modernize and rationalize its parking estate with the installation of new contactless parking terminals ...

Steve Rotheram launches re-election campaign and will explore spreading Merseyrail network to ...
St Helens Reporter
…A plan for an integrated London-style transport system, including contactless payments, daily fare caps, an improved bus network, new Merseyrail ...

Passengers make contactless switch on Tyne and Wear Metro
Metro passengers made more than 4,200,000 purchases for day and season tickets using Apple Pay, Google Pay or contactless bank cards in 2019.

Metro passengers make the switch to contactless payments
Most Metro passengers now use contactless when paying for travel at ticket machines, operator Nexus revealed today. Passengers made more than ...

Change at STIB: contactless payment arrives
Brussels Smart City
The Brussels Public Transport Company (STIB) will introduce contactless payment in April or May and at the same time increase the price of the paper ...