Japan-based Fujitsu has upgraded ticketing systems at Merseyrail stations in the UK to enable contactless payment, as part of a new a partnership with Ingenico.

As part of the upgrade, 63 Merseyrail stations will now offer iPP320 contactless PINPads and Axis centralised payment process solution in terminals and manned ticket outlets.

The contactless PINPads are fully compliant with PCI DSS and were introduced across all Merseyrail’s manned kiosk and payment terminals in the end of 2013.

Fujitsu executive director Paul Patterson said: "Contactless payment technology will allow Merseyrail to increase the quality and speed of its service and ensure customers’ data, while our collaboration with Ingenico will ensure that their data is protected to the highest standard."

Merseyrail had been using Fujitsu’s STAR point-of-sale ticketing system since 2005.

Ingenico Northern Europe and Iberia managing director Jose Luis Arias said Fujitsu’s STAR ticketing system provides the transport industry with a new payment solution for customers.

"We look forward to helping them to further improve their services, by providing full PCI compliance through our Axis platform and contactless capabilities through our PINPads," Arias said.

"The transport industry has been working to secure PCI approved payment solutions for a long time and we’re confident that through our collaboration with Fujitsu, we can achieve this.".

Image: Merseyrail is both a train operating company and commuter rail network, in Merseyside, England. Photo: courtesy of James Rawlinson.