Global technology firm Thales has delivered the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) systems for the first section of Delhi Metro's Phase III in India, which commenced operations recently.

Thales previously deployed AFC systems for Phase I and II of the metro and is currently working to install these systems in the Phase III, comprising 79 stations.

The company had installed new-generation ticket gates known as Dream Gates on two stations of the Delhi Metro Heritage Line at Lal Quila (Red Fort) and Jama Masjid in the first section.

Dream Gates allow passengers to travel using a QR code on their mobile phones.

The pilot project will give commuters the ability to purchase journey passes via e-wallets and instantly receive QR codes once the payment procedure is complete.

The new system is expected to provide passengers with seamless and rapid ticket validation services.

"The pilot project will give commuters the ability to purchase journey passes via e-wallets and instantly receive QR codes once the payment procedure is complete."

Delhi Metro Rail (DMRC) was reported to have become the first public transport operator in the country to introduce gates with 3D camera technology for passenger control purposes via the Dream Gates solution.

The Delhi Metro Phase III project is currently in progress, and is expected to enable DMRC to transport more than four million passengers daily once complete.

Thales initially received the AFC contract in December 2014, which will see the company deploy about 3,000 gates, 1,000 ticket office machines and 1,000 ticket vending machines across the metro network.

The company has been operating in India since 1953 through its subsidiary Thales India.

Thales India is headquartered in Delhi and employs more than 300 personnel, primarily catering to the defence, transport and aerospace markets.