Traditionally fare collection for Metro services around the globe has involved issuing proprietary paper or plastic tickets requiring ticket vending machines to facilitate getting tickets into peoples’ hands and validating them. They also tended to be cash-intensive involving high cash handling costs and were extremely expensive and time-consuming to install and operate. They also follow the traditional ticketing model of passengers buying a ticket before being able to travel on the transport network leading to long lines during peak periods as people wait in line for tickets.
The next generation of Metro fare collection systems turns this process around and instead of issuing proprietary tickets enable passengers to use what they have in their pocket to travel, be it a mobile phone, contactless bank card or existing smartcard.
The Inspect Gateline Integration Kit is a multi-format validation service for fast, efficient and robust barcode, smartcard and contactless EMV ticket validation, whether presented on a mobile phone, card or paper. It also enables Bluetooth and has the necessary on-board storage, processing capability and connectivity options to support any scale of deployment.
The kit is designed to fit into existing gate infrastructure and enables multiple ticketing technologies future-proofing the investment. The service can be set up to work with Masabi supplied or 3rd party hardware.
Metro rail operators seeking to reduce station congestion and maximise passenger throughput can turn to mobile ticketing as a solution. By transforming the passenger’s phone into the vending machine as well as the ticket itself, users can avoid queues and self-serve at any time or place well outside the station, expanding accessibility to the metro service. In major city transport networks, visual and barcode mobile ticketing adoption is increasing as passengers take advantage of the convenience while operators remove the overhead associated with physical tickets.
In this blog post we cover some of the factors you need to consider when looking to introduce mobile ticketing to metro rail systems, including 15 questions to consider before embarking on a gate retro-fit project.