Coming in Setember 2012
- Friday, 11 May 2012 14:23
Smart ticketing technology is spreading right across the south of England now that Arriva The Shires has joined Arriva Southern Counties in the ITSO revolution.
Arriva The Shires has become the latest operator in the Arriva Group to adopt the Wayfarer200 ticketing platform developed by Parkeon, with the ITSO-enabled on-vehicle technology will be installed on 500 buses across Essex, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire. This follows on from an Arriva Southern Counties project to install over 500 Wayfarer200 ETMs, with built-in GPRS technology, on buses operating across Kent, Essex and Surrey.
"The new roll-out with Arriva The Shires demonstrates the critical mass that our smart ticketing technology is gaining throughout Britain," says Parkeon Head of UK Sales Gavin Trimnell.
"Operators such as Arriva are quickly joining up the ITSO ‘dots’ to create a truly smart picture of future bus transportation that is benefiting bus companies and their passengers. The concept of smart is moving beyond concessionary travel, with more and more operators launching commercial schemes and making interoperability a reality in many parts of the country."
Amidst this continuing growth, the Wayfarer200 is proving to be a valuable building block in bus companies’ retail strategies through its ability to handle multiple ticketing types and standards.
Arriva’s Regional Commercial Director, Kevin Hawkins, said: "Arriva is at the forefront of using technology to enhance the passenger experience – our latest investment in the Shires network will allow us to introduce exciting new commercial smart card products."
The partnership between Arriva and Parkeon extends over many years. The Wayfarer200 represents the fourth generation of ETM technology adopted by the company since the early 1980s.
Nationally, the latest contract brings the number of Wayfarer200s purchased by the Arriva Group to around 3,900 for its UK operations