Technology firm Ecebs has received a contract from UK’s Rail Settlement Plan to deliver the technology and back office transaction services needed to provide ‘smart’ ticketing infrastructure and products to the rail network across London.
Rail Settlement Plan is the company that represents UK rail operators.
Under this contract, Ecebs will deploy its Paragon HOPS software as a shared service for the franchises in the south-east of England.
This development will help the rail network in the region to introduce smart ticketing for all rail commuters in the south-east of England in one, ITSO-compliant system.
It will offer smart ticketing on devices, including railway station gates, validators and ticket machines, and also allow rail passengers to use ITSO-compliant smart tickets to travel to London, as well as at national rail stations within London.
Ecebs executive chairman Pat Curran said: "The group of passengers this system is targeting makes a third of all rail journeys in the UK.
"Paragon HOPS is the only system operating in the UK to have proven its reliability at managing high-volume transactions on a regular basis."
The UK Department for Transport’s South East Flexible Ticketing (SEFT) scheme involves franchises operated by 12 train operators, including Govia Thameslink Railway, East Coast and Virgin West Coast. It also covers an area that includes Milton Keynes, Brighton, Reading and Dover.
This initial four-year contract also includes an option for extension, if the government plans to introduce ITSO-based smart ticketing across the UK.
Image: The ITSO-compliant smart tickets will allow passengers to travel to London and use the same ticket at national rail stations within London. Photo: courtesy of Ecebs.