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.

The on-going modernisation of Moscow Metro

Issue 2 2014  •  30 April 2014  •  Ivan Besedin, Head of Moscow Metro

The Moscow Metro network is the main public transport infrastructure in Russia’s capital city, achieving a 56% share in urban passenger transportation. With 192 stations and a total route length of approximately 320km, the network attracts 8-9 million passengers every weekday. In order to offer passengers with an improved quality of service, the rush hour timetable was extended in November 2013 and extra trains were placed into service on some of the busiest metro lines to cope with demand…

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…

The single ticket vision for truly seamless travel

Issue 5 2012  •  31 October 2012  •  John Verity, Chief Advisor, ITSO Ltd

Until recently, most smart ticketing schemes were completely independent of each other and often based around bespoke closed transit operations. This made a lot of sense to the large transport operators or metropolitan authorities who commissioned them. It gave security and control, met their specific local needs and, should they decide to exploit it, a unique relationship with their customers. Schemes such as Oyster in London and Navigo in Paris have been incredibly successful, even if some are nearing the time for a technology refresh.

However, to the increasingly mobile customer, with access to sophisticated handsets, it has meant carrying ever larger wallets full of plastic. And when schemes become increasingly close or overlapping, separate closed smartcard schemes begin to make less logical sense.

Although smartcards have begun to migrate to common technology platforms, the customer has been less well served. Hans Rat, recently retired UITP Secretary General, observed that: “The switch to a modern smart ticketing system has been planned and prepared with the good intention to make travelling on one card easier. There has been a strong focus on system technology. (We now need) a stronger focus on customer perspective and lifestyle.”

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.

Belgrade to receive Automated Fare Collection, vehicle tracking and passenger information systems, from Kentkart

Industry news, News  •  5 October 2010  •  Kentkart

Belgrade City Council signed a contract to install and operate AFC and VTS for 2000 buses…

Ticketing update

Issue 1 2007, Past issues  •  17 February 2007  •  ET

There have been a number of exciting developments in the European public transport sector recently, with new contracts being awarded, new equipment launched and planned company acquisitions. Eurotransport looks at some of the key stories that have been making news.

Telematics and electronic fare collection systems specialist INIT has developed what it describes as a ‘revolutionary’ new e-ticketing system which it has sold to ‘trent barton’ – a leading independent bus operator in the UK. This is a landmark for INIT as it is the first time the company has sold an e-ticketing solution outside of Germany. According to Dr. Gottfried Greschner, Chairman of the Managing Board of INIT: “This first e-ticketing technology transfer of INIT outside Germany has great strategic significance for us. Other transportation companies have also already showed their interest in this solution.”

Helping to build a stronger region through public transport

Issue 4 2006, Past issues  •  6 December 2006  •  Tommy Edh, Automatic Fare Collection Manager at Västtrafik AB in Sweden

The year was 1999. Four small regions in Western Sweden were formed into one new and large region named Västra Götaland. The aim was to build an internationally competitive region, creating stronger trade and industry as well as more work and studying opportunities. In that process public transportation was given a major role. Entirely new fare collection and fare structure systems became part of the plan. Now, eight years later, we are closing in on the last phase of the launch. It’s been a long and very interesting journey.

To fully understand why and how we’ve changed the systems for public transportation in our region, you need some background.

Bridging the knowledge gap

Issue 4 2006, Past issues  •  6 December 2006  •  Dr Chris Humphrey, Project Manager, CURACAO

The unsustainable levels of congestion and pollution affecting Europe’s cities are being tackled by soft measures that seek to manage the insatiable demand for greater mobility. One powerful measure at a city’s disposal is pricing road space by time and place of access. In this article Dr Chris Humphrey introduces a new European Commission project, CURACAO, which aims to support the implementation of the fair and efficient pricing of roads, and its accompanying benefits for cities.

Congestion continues to be a significant factor affecting the quality of life in today’s cities. That said, in cities where road pricing measures have been implemented, for instance in London and Durham in the UK, levels of congestion have fallen significantly. In addition, numerous demonstrations, trials and studies have proven that the technology works and that pricing schemes can deliver real benefits, most in recently in Stockholm in Sweden.

A modern system for Modena

Issue 1 2006, Past issues  •  31 March 2006  •  ET

Having already successfully adopted one of the first magnetic-based automatic fare collection systems in Italy, operator ATCM is not content to rest on its laurels. The company is about to start using an advanced fare collection and revenue management system using the latest smart card technology. Christian Shelton reports.

In 1994 ATCM was one of the first operators in Italy to introduce a magnetic-based automatic fare collection system. The system was first used on ATCM’s Modena bus and rail services.

Integrated ticketing for Ireland

Issue 1 2006, Past issues  •  31 March 2006  •  John Churcher, Integrated Ticketing System’s team, Railway Procurement Agency (RPA)

The RPA believes that the Integrated Ticketing System will completely change the way that the general public views public transport across Ireland. It will have such a profound impact that it will be hard to imagine travelling without smart cards.

In 2002, I was invited to review the business case analysis for the surface transport Integrated Ticketing Scheme for Ireland. I did not know then that I was destined to join the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) in Dublin, and to become the Technical Manager for the design and development of that scheme.

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