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Three companies shortlisted for our smartcards and faregates project

TransLink is working on developing a smartcard for our system, much like the Oyster Card in London. Photo by <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/mirka23/2312439764/>mirka23</a>. [1]

TransLink is working on developing a smartcard for our system, much like the Oyster Card in London. Photo by mirka23.

Our media relations team put out a release [2] today announcing that three companies have been shortlisted for our smartcards and faregates project. They are:

Thales/Octopus International Projects – creator of the ‘Octopus Card’ used on Hong Kong’s transit service and supplier of similar systems in the Netherlands, Norway and Dubai.

Serco/Parkeon – who introduced a complete smart card program for Perth, Australia and have provided related systems to transit operations in Belgium, England and Dubai, as well as to the French national rail system, SNCF.

Cubic/IBM – whose systems include London’s ‘Oyster Card’ and systems for US transit agencies in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami-Dade, San Francisco plus Brisbane in Australia.

The smartcard project is targeted to launch in early 2013. I’ll keep you posted on who wins the bid!

Have a look at the full release [2] for more: you can also see a December 2009 project update [3] and the original project announcement.