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Snapper wins with Auckland Transport announcement of integrated ticketing

Posted on 16-Dec-2010 15:00 | Filed under: News

Auckland Transport has announced a key development in the region’s Integrated Ticketing system will be introduced early next year that will allow people to use a single “smartcard” on public transport in Auckland.

Auckland Transport’s Chief Executive, David Warburton says, “Supplementing the contract already in place with Thales, a Participation Agreement has now been signed between Auckland Transport, NZ Bus and Snapper for the introduction of a single smartcard for use on NZ Bus services as part of the Auckland Integrated Ticketing program.

“Interoperable equipment will be deployed onto services run by NZ Bus early next year. Customers of North Star, Waka Pacific, Go West, Metrolink and LINK will use a contactless smartcard which will launch Auckland Transport’s Integrated Ticketing brand.”

Dr Warburton says, “We will be following the deployment of equipment on NZ Bus services with the expansion of Integrated Ticketing on rail and ferry services. We expect the timing for this to be in the lead-up to the Rugby World Cup.

“This will be linked to the launch of a travel product specifically for visitors to Auckland which will make public transport an attractive option during the period of the Rugby World Cup. We will be announcing further details of this and other initiatives over the coming months.

“Supporting this participation agreement for bus equipment and ticket deployment, Auckland Transport’s ticketing system partner, Thales, is progressing the development of the rail and ferry solutions and the central system.”

Peter Beggs, Country Director, Thales New Zealand says, “As the core ticketing system provider (central system, rail and ferry), Thales welcomes the participation of other suppliers in providing the bus solution for the system.”

“From the outset, the Thales system, which is based on open architecture in use in Dubai and Netherlands, is designed to be open, enabling third parties to connect to Auckland Transport’s central system.”

“This collaborative approach is a positive development in the delivery of a high quality and easy to use ticketing system for Auckland.”

NZ Bus Chief Executive Bruce Emson says “Integrated Ticketing is an important initiative in the Auckland transport market. We’re pleased to be involved in the implementation of the Integrated Ticketing system for our customers and visitors to Auckland, which will see increased reliability of our services through improved boarding times. We believe that our customers will rapidly embrace the benefits of Integrated Ticketing and it will become an important part of the Auckland Public Transport landscape.”

Snapper CEO Miki Szikszai says “Snapper is pleased to be supporting Auckland Transport’s Integrated Ticketing initiative. Snapper is also working with our existing industry partners to bring a range of services for contactless payments in retail and other categories to the Auckland market. We think Aucklanders will love the simplicity and convenience of Snapper’s proven contactless payment system when paying for everyday items.”

Snapper enables value payments using contactless smart media. Over 150,000 Snappers have been issued in Wellington, generating over 33 million transactions, across over 400 buses, 700 taxis, and hundreds of retailers in New Zealand.

Snapper offers customers integrated ticketing and instant small value payments. The Snapper system in Wellington also provides valuable journey data that can be used to plan better transport services for passengers.