In the Suncoast region of Florida, the Regional Working Group (RWG) sets new standards when it comes to inventive ideas. As a provider of transit services that enhance the quality of life in the Florida Suncoast area, it set out to implement a region-wide, Electronic Fare Management (EFM) and mobile ticketing solution with INIT as its partner.
The goal of the Regional Working Group (RWG) was to set up a regional fare structure that would incorporate five agencies, while allowing each to pick and choose from a combination of fare media options. The choices were as varied as the agencies themselves. Some wanted only passes and closed loop cards, while others opted for open payments, smart cards and/or mobile tickets. Additionally, special consideration for integration with different Long-Term Evolution (LTE) carriers as well as various vehicle layouts and internal Internet Protocol (IP) schemes was part of the scope.
Individual vehicle hard and software configurations had to be taken into account because incorporation with their respective vendors was necessary to build a fully integrated solution. The EFM system would also need to easily operate in tandem with third party CAD/AVL systems, general
ledger applications, and legacy backend applications.
The installation of fare validators on more than 500 vehicles ranging from fixed route buses, to historical streetcars, to beach trolleys would be part of the challenge, but the RWG chose to partner with INIT for the company’s experience with implementing successful regional account-based fare systems globally.
The scope of the RWG project includes the installation of INIT’s PROXmobil3 fare validators on more than 500 vehicles. The validators serve as real-time ticket validators for mobile 2D barcodes while supporting contactless EMV fare cards (open payments), branded regional fare media (closed loop) and third party contactless ID media, e.g. college IDs.
- Increased operational efficiencies through reduced costs of cash handling and improved boarding times.
- More fare payment options through smart cards and mobile tickets.
- Higher security with account-based fares.