Transport for Wales are set to become the first train operator outside of London to deliver contactless EMV ticketing in heavy rail when they partner with Vix Technology to launch a new smart gate pilot programme.
The pilot programme will launch with the first gate being tested and proof of concept taking place in Newport in Spring 2023. The new gates promise fast installation, flexible passenger zones and opportunities for optimized passenger information. Passenger benefits also include pay-as-you-go travelling using gates and platform validators provided by Vix Technology.
In an indication of future technological improvements in the UK rail industry, the new smart gates are cloud-based and can be managed via a tablet or other device whilst on the platform. They are operated by back-end software allowing remote control and easy inspection, advanced scheduling configurations and automated communications. The gates also feature flexible passenger zones, security features including built-in alarms, easy maintenance procedures, and are produced in durable stainless steel.
The EMV Contactless pilot programme will run from the Summer 2023 and will operate Newport – Cardiff – Pontyclun.
Helen Mitchell, Head of Digital Programmes at Transport for Wales said: “Transport for Wales is delighted to be engaged in this pioneering project with Vix Technology as part of its wider Contactless EMV pilot. The teams at both Vix Technology and TfW have worked incredibly hard in a short timescale to bring this innovation to life. The new digital rail gates are key to the success of the pilot and we look forward to launching the new contactless ticketing proposition to our customers.’’
Sue Walnut, Product Director at Vix Technology said: “We’re really excited about the launch of the new digital-first smart gates and the positive impact this will have both for passengers and Transport for Wales. Our partnership with Transport for Wales has been both collaborative and forward-thinking. The gates’ automation features and scheduling configurations are a step forward for the rail industry and we are looking forward to working with new train operators in the future to roll out more of the smart gates across the UK.”
Vix Technology and Transport for Wales will be meeting train operators and demonstrating the gate at the Transport Ticketing Global conference, which runs from Tuesday March 7th
to Wednesday March 8th 2023.