Automated Fare Collection (AFC) - Articles and news items

OSPT Alliance welcomes Russian AFC systems integrator Udobny Marshrut

Industry news  •  29 April 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

OSPT Alliance has increased its presence in Russia welcoming Udobny Marshrut, an automated fare collection (AFC) systems integrator, as its latest full member.

Automatic Fare Collection: A Cutting Edge Migration Case Study – How to Ensure Smooth System Upgrades and Exploit Convergence Possibilities

Webinars, Z homepage promo  •  23 February 2016  •  NXP

This webinar will show how Nacion Servicios – the public transport operator responsible for SUBE’s AFC system – migrated its automatic fare collection system to include a new level of high security, allowing the possibility of the future expansion of its operation to other cities in Argentina…

Tender launched for Queensland Next Generation Ticketing Solution

Industry news  •  1 October 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

The State Government of Queensland has commenced a formal procurement process for an account based automatic fare collection system for its public transport network.

Prokart becomes Associate Member of OSPT Alliance

Industry news  •  29 April 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

OSPT Alliance welcomes Prokart, the automated fare collection (AFC) system operator, as an Associate Member.

Sofia – a city in motion

Issue 6 2013  •  16 December 2013  •  Evgeni Krussev, International Projects Expert, the Sofia Urban Mobility Centre

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and the biggest administrative, cultural and economic centre of the country. The population of Sofia is approximately 1.3 million inhabitants and its territory is 1,311km2. The organisation, management, supervision and finance of Sofia public transport as an integrated process are assigned to the Sofia Urban Mobility Centre, or SUMC. The development and operation of the open-space parking system in Sofia is also the responsibility of the SUMC. The SUMC defines and proposes measures for improvement of the parking situation and, if approved by the Sofia Municipal Council, applies these measures. Parameters of the public transport system Sofia’s public transport system is the biggest and the most complex urban transport system in Bulgaria and includes tram, trolleybus, bus and metro operations. The public transport network is well-developed with 93 bus lines, 15 tram lines, nine trolleybus lines and two metro lines. The public transport service in Sofia is performed by three municipal companies – ‘Stolichen Avtotransport’ EAD, ‘Stolichen Elelktrotransport’ EAD and ‘Metropolitan’ EAD, plus three private bus transport operators. In 2012, the provision of public transport services was 61.3 million vehicle kilometers. The number of public transport vehicles in Sofia at its peak hour is 839, which includes: 169 trams; 95 trolleybuses; 549 buses; and 26 metro trains…

Driving through the challenges

Issue 2 2012  •  25 April 2012  •  Les Warneford, Managing Director, Stagecoach UK Bus

The current difficulties in the economy are proving to be a major challenge for businesses of all kinds across the UK… and the bus industry is no different as we too face rising costs.

Increasing fuel bills and energy costs, as well as lower public sector investment in bus services, and cuts to the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) which were implemented in April 2012, mean bus operators face tough economic conditions.

Now, more than ever, it is crucial to recog – nise the contribution that buses make to our daily lives. The bus industry is vital to millions of people all over the country who rely on our services day in, day out. Bus services also play a key role in helping to deliver economic growth and in helping high streets in towns and cities across the country recover from the downturn.

At Stagecoach, our strategy has been to offer good value, greener, smarter bus travel. The result is that we have been able to attract people out of cars and help play our part in addressing the country’s climate change targets.

Moving to open standards for future-proof automated fare collection systems

Issue 1 2012  •  17 February 2012  •  Laurent Cremer, Executive Director, OSPT Alliance

Mass transit system operators are witnessing a paradigm shift in automated fare collection (AFC) technology. These changes include outsourcing of AFC programme operations and real-time acceptance of third party-issued cards – changes that are likely to reshape the way that AFC is viewed by the industry for decades. As a result, transit agencies are facing new challenges and opportunities as they define the next generation of AFC systems. To ease this transition and to promote higher data security without the need for proprietary solutions, the OSPT Alliance, a vendor-neutral industry association, has introduced CIPURSE™, a new standard designed specifically for the next generation of fare collection technologies.

Fare collection systems hit the wall

For the past two decades, the default solution for AFC systems has been a contactless smartcard-based programme. Such systems have been based on proprietary technologies and customised to the unique needs and fare policies of each agency. Over time, systems built on proprietary solutions have proven to lack flexibility for adapting to changes in fare policy, smartcard features, or the addition of new system components. In addition to requiring specialised expertise, updating proprietary fare collection systems usually incurs substantial expense. However, until recently, the lack of comprehensive standards for card data structures and security has inhibited opportunities for alternatives to evolve.