Scottish railway company ScotRail has signed a contract with French IT company Atos Origin to provide its new mobile ticketing solution, Avantix Mobile.

The upgraded system will have additional features such as faster ticket printing, Wi-Fi or GPRS capability and the integration of a 2D barcode scanner for validation of self-print and mobile tickets.

The railway’s existing system, which is also from Atos, will be replaced and upgraded under the new contract.

In addition, a few more enhancements are planned such as a Bluetooth-enabled pad for chip-and-PIN transactions with a reader for ITSO-based smartcards, a built-in printer and a barcode validation database.

The system may enter service by mid-2009 across the Scotrail network.