Press Release: INIT at Asia Pacific Rail 2017

Karlsruhe, March 2017.

From March 21st to 22nd 2017, INIT will be showcasing their latest state-of-the-art solutions at Asia Pacific Rail taking place in Hong Kong. During the two days of the exhibition, visitors can take advantage of the opportunity to talk to experts, get to know more about INIT´s integrated solutions and view the latest developments, in particular MOBILEvario, INIT´s account-based ticketing solution.

Smart integrated, interoperable and multimodal account-based ticketing

To give passengers freedom to choose how they pay for their journeys a trend is emerging world-wide that public transportation organizations are investing in new account-based ticketing solutions. INIT has deployed more than 50 fare management systems worldwide over the last 25 years and has now added a new milestone with the addition of revolutionary account-based ticketing solutions.

In traditional card-based ticketing systems, the fare logic and data is hard coded on the travel card (closed loop). As more flexible alternative, account-based systems hold the customer data, funds and business logic in a backend system, such as INIT’s MOBILEvario. The ticket medium itself only contains a unique identification number (ID) and is merely used as read-only identifier, authenticating the passenger and linking him to his back-office account. Based on this type of scheme, not only are the media traditionally issued by the transport company accepted, but also any personalized e-ticketing media that the passenger already possesses, for example EMV based contactless credit or bank cards and NFC smartphones may now be used (open-loop).

The integration of Application Program Interface (API) in the INIT solution creates an open architecture for the integration of external third party systems can be cost-effectively integrated. Allowing the flexibility to add additional mobility services for example mobile ticketing, e-mobility, bike sharing and car sharing schemes.

Any transactions are communicated in real-time to the backend system by each sales channel without the need to write information on the physical ticket media. Previously the challenge for account-based ticketing solutions has been the need for real-time communication between all components as well as handling network outages, bad cellular network coverage or hardware failures. INIT has mastered this challenge which allows smooth operation of its account-based ticketing solution system at all times. In case of a communication disruption with the vehicle devices, the INIT fare validation logic is able to recalculate existing transactions. Passengers are still able to board without delays as the vehicle devices feature a fallback logic, allowing them process offline validations based on business rules and white-/hotlists. When network connection is re-established the devices and the backend systems automatically synchronize causing no disruption to either passengers or transport companies.

Experience makes the difference

In 2014, the port city of Turku in Finland has been the first INIT customer to migrate from a card-based system to the account-based ticketing approach (appr. 300 vehicles). During an extended migration phase, the system supported both modes in parallel without a negative impact for customers. Furthermore, the development of our open Sales API allowed the introduction and easy integration of several sales channels into the system. The new ticketing system counts with no less than 100,000 transactions per day.

A few months later, Portland, Oregon decided to establish the first fully integrated ITS and account-based ticketing system in North America (700 vehicles). The so-called Hop Fastpass™ smart card system for public transit is currently passing beta tests. Besides closed-loop fare media, the system will accept Apple Pay, Google Wallet and contactless bank cards as payment modes. Local suppliers have been taken under contract by the public transport operator TriMet for the distribution of fares, which is facilitated by standardized interfaces. Portland´s account-based ticketing project has been extended to the neighboring city of Vancouver, WA (170 vehicles), making regional travels even more convenient for public transport users.

Continuing the success into 2016, four more ticketing system contracts were signed by INIT, three of them in the USA: Tampa, Florida for a region-wide electronic ticketing and fare management system (8 county transportation companies, 600 vehicles), followed by Grand Rapids, Michigan (150 vehicles) and also by Honolulu, Hawaii (525 vehicles). The latest assignment came from National Express West Midlands, based in Birmingham, UK. The contract covers equipping 1,600 buses with appropriate hardware and installing a ticketing solution that enables the use of contactless bank cards for ticket payments.

Learn more about our innovative ticketing solutions and INIT´s overall range of products by visiting us at booth F16.

Do not miss our presentation:

“Realizing Mobility as a Service through account-based ticketing”

Rail revenue & ticketing theatre

21 March 2017 | 1.30 pm

Paul Gwynn, Managing Director of INIT Asia-Pacific

About INIT

As a worldwide leading supplier of integrated ITS and Ticketing systems for buses, light rail and trains, INIT has been assisting transport companies in making public transport more attractive, faster and more efficient for more than 30 years. Today, more than 400 customers rely on our innovative hard- and software solutions.

The USP of INIT’s integrated telematics system MOBILE is that it comprises all daily tasks of public transport providers:

  • Planning & Dispatching
  • Ticketing & Fare Management
  • Operations Control & Real-Time Passenger Information
  • Analysing & Optimising

This creates a solution covering the complete production process of public transport. For more efficiency and enhanced service quality.

INIT products are recognised for their state-of-the-art technology and can be deployed stand alone or integrated into an intelligent overall system tailor-made for the specific needs of the individual customer. Also a step-by-step extension of the system is possible.

For more information please contact:

Andrea Mohr-Braun


Kaeppelestrasse 4-6

76131 Karlsruhe – Germany

Phone +49.721.6100.113

About Asia Pacific Rail

Now in its 19th edition, Asia Pacific Rail is the largest gathering of senior rail leaders in Asia. With a 4 track premium conference agenda covering key issues across metro, mainline, freight, rolling stock, power, signalling & communications, finance & funding and more, 3 technical seminar theatres in the exhibition hall, over 80 exhibition stands and an Underground/Overground University, our 2017 edition will be our biggest ever. Book your ticket here.


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