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14.02.14

ITSO extension for Nottingham passengers

Nottingham City Council is to extend its smart ticketing scheme, allowing passengers to buy tickets online and download them directly to their Citycard via their smartphones.

The council is introducing the new technology with Ecebs, which will mean passengers are able to use kiosks around the city to pick up their smart travel tickets. They can also top up their smart card by tapping their Citycard against their mobile device, using near field communication (NFC) technology.

Jason Clifford from the Public Transport Projects Team at Nottingham City Council said: “Our objective is to deliver a world-class transport ticketing network. While the network is ambitious in scale it is our firm belief that it is possible to grow the market by providing a step change in the ease of ticket purchase for both existing and new customers.

“The Citycard retail network is designed to complement the existing travel centres providing new retail channels that offer customers new and more convenient ways to purchase and crucially, collect tickets.”

Russell McCullagh, managing director of Ecebsadded: “We are delighted that together with Nottingham City Council we can positively impact the experience of smart ticket travel. Our Paragon RTD software is transforming the way we purchase and pick up travel tickets. It enables commuters to instantly add pay-as-you-go top-ups and tickets to their smart card or NFC device.

“Tickets and top-ups can also be delivered through new or existing infrastructure such as kiosks and retail collection points across the city, meaning greater convenience and choice for customers. We have simplified the integration process for organisations’ wishing to offer ITSO based ticketing products and the speed of rollout in Nottingham is testament to this.”

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