Bus operator Buscor says that its new ticketing system, developed by busi- ness process and information tech- nology services company Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), aims to improve passenger and operational efficiency.
ACS has been commissioned by Buscor to install its Atlas contactless ticketing system on about 400 buses in Mpumalanga province, which services almost 160 000 passengers daily. Contactless ticketing is convenient for passengers, who can board buses with the wave of a fare card, and it is efficient for Buscor, which receives fare transaction information from buses in real time. Further, ACS will deploy South Africa’s first touch-screen driver consoles in Buscor’s buses.
The 14-month project includes system design, customisation, training and the installation of the system. ACS will work closely with Buscor to ensure a seamless transition to the new technology.
Buscor information technology manager Johann Bester says that the ACS contactless ticketing system has proven to be successful and the hardware and software are well supported. “The technology will assist us in decreasing costs and the improved tracking of activities on the system will also help to control fraud,” he adds.
The implementation makes it possible for the growth of the ACS system, including interoperability with other local bus opera- tors.
ACS transportation solutions key account manager Mathias Serre says that this state-of-the-art solution was designed to improve secure cash collections and better reporting, and create future opportunities.