This article describes the PayCard pilot project for testing the use of smart cards for buying public transport tickets in the German cities of Hamburg, Stuttgart, Munich, Frankfurt, and Dresden. The trial began on 14 April 1996, and is scheduled to last between four and six months. It results from a partnership between German Railways (DB), German regional express transport networks, Telekom, and Schlumberger. For the first time in Germany, it will be possible to use the same smart card to buy a public transport ticket or make a telephone call. Schlumberger's new LFT2100 payment terminals are part of its range of LFTLine transport ticket dispensers, work on solar energy, and can also accept coins. As information about transactions is recovered without direct contact, substantial savings can be made by operating this equipment. Its service personnel use a portable infrared reader to recover the data that it contains. It is possible to find out how many tickets, of what total value, it has sold during a day. The PayCard project is helping Germany to catch up in the international smart card payment market.

  • Publication Date: 1996


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  • Accession Number: 00729231
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 12 1996 12:00AM