INIT unveils world first at Asia Pacific Rail: The first ever virtual smart card revolutionises ticketing

As a leading global provider of integrated planning, dispatching, telematics and ticketing systems, INIT will be unveiling its latest solutions at Asia Pacific Rail, which takes place from 20 – 21 March 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Visitors can discover all the benefits of INIT systems at INIT Stand M03.

Account-based ticketing

At the trade fair, INIT will be presenting innovative smart ticketing solutions based on account-based ticketing, Open Payment and mobile payment schemes. In July 2017, the revolutionary electronic fare management system Hop Fastpass went live with the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) in Portland, and at two other transportation companies in the metropolitan region of Portland/Vancouver. This marked the beginning of a new age in local public passenger transport in the US. Because now, for the first time, users of local public transport can enjoy the benefits of account-based fare management, incorporating best price options, and Open Payment. Since their introduction, the electronic tickets have been used more than one million times – an impressive success.

World premiere: the very first virtual smart card

INIT, TriMet and moovel, the provider of the Hop FastpassTM app, have now gone one step further: they have initiated the beta phase for the first virtual local public transport smart card to use Android Pay. In partnership with Google, selected TriMet passengers can now, for the first time, buy their tickets for travel using a virtual smart card. For this purpose, the virtual closed-loop TriMet card, known as the Hop FastpassTM, is stored securely in the smartphone’s Wallet app. Check-in at the terminals in the vehicle or at the stop is done using near-field communication (NFC).

INIT is unveiling this world first at Asia Pacific Rail!

Back in September 2017, the system was expanded to include the virtual bank card and credit card payment options via Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. This means that passengers can enjoy the benefits of Open Payment using EMV processing, while still benefiting from the best day-to-day price calculation function provided by the initial smart card version. At the heart of the whole smart ticketing system is MOBILEvario, the back-office system from INIT. The system is based on an open system architecture with numerous APIs. This makes it possible to integrate third-party systems without any major costs.

Shaping the future of mobility

Visit us at booth M03 to find out more about INIT, the projects we have successfully implemented around the world and about our new developments in the areas of:

  • operations control & real-time passenger information systems
  • planning & dispatching
  • automatic passenger counting
  • display technology and on-board systems

Don’t miss our presentation:

”Why you need a digital data architecture to build a successful public transport system?” by Paul Gwynn, Managing Director INIT Asia-Pacific Pte

20 March 2018  |  11.30 am Rail Revenue & Ticketing Theatre

Get your free expo pass now to attend Asia Pacific Rail 2018

About INIT

As a worldwide leading supplier of integrated planning, dispatching, telematics and ticketing systems for buses 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 600 customers rely on INIT´s innovative hard- and software solutions.

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

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

This creates a solution that covers the complete production process of public transport providing more efficiency and enhanced service quality.

INIT products are recognized for their state-of-the-art technology and may 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.

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