Bus fleet group FirstGroup plc has chosen Hoeft & Wessel AG to supply 4000 electronic ticket machines (ETMs) for their vehicles.
This is part of First´s new E- Ticketing system for its English bus fleet. The supply contract also includes the development of the contactless credit card option EMVco (Europay, Mastercard, Visa contactless) for the ETMs. EMVco has become an international standard and supports fast contactless payment and ticketing.
The UK´s largest bus operator with 5,000 buses outside of London has already ordered ETMs from the Almex division of Hoeft & Wessel for its regional operation utilities in Wales and Scotland.
The solution will sport on-board computers with ticket printers, mobile terminals, validators of, and a back-office system. All functionalities are based on the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) with the E-Ticketing standard ITSO.