Cubic Transportation Systems and Southern Railway Team Up to Provide ITSO on
Southern and Transport for London Network
Cubic Transportation Systems and Southern Railway have joined forces to
upgrade the ITSO smart ticket acceptance capabilities at 90 stations on the
Southern Railway network outside London.
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Nov. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Cubic
Transportation Systems and Southern Railway have joined forces to upgrade the
ITSO smart ticket acceptance capabilities at 90 stations on the Southern
Railway network outside London. This work is in conjunction with Transport for
London's (TfL) ITSO on Prestige project which has recently upgraded the smart
card ticket acceptance at four National Rail stations within the London fares
zone area to allow customers to use ITSO-based tickets as well as Oyster
ITSO on Prestige is a Department for Transport (DfT) funded project to enable
the TfL transport infrastructure around London to accept ITSO cards on its
Oyster rail, Underground, bus and tram network. The requirements of this
project have been refined over the last two years by a cross-industry group
including the Association of Train Operating Companies and attended by major
railway operators including Southern, ITSO, TfL and Cubic.
With London Victoria, London Bridge, Clapham Junction and East Croydon rail
stations now capable of accepting ITSO smart card tickets, season ticket
holders south of Gatwick will be able to complete their journeys using 'the
key' – Southern's branded ITSO smart card. As well as using season tickets in
early 2014, Southern plans to launch Travelcards along with single and return
tickets across its network. Passengers who buy their tickets online can
collect them from the gate as they start their journey at stations south of
Gatwick instead of having to queue to buy them from a ticket office.
To complement the ITSO deployment, Cubic has also implemented new gate lines
at Gatwick Airport and Brighton, the biggest stations served by Southern
outside of London. The next stage of the project will see Cubic deploy the
technology to provide ITSO capability on the remaining Oyster overground gate
estate, with the final stage enabling London Underground and buses to accept
ITSO cards in early 2014.
To enable passengers to use ITSO smart cards across the Southern network,
Cubic has installed its latest design of ITSO validators. Passengers can now
"touch in" with ITSO cards at the majority of Southern stations and "touch
out" at Southern's London termini, or vice versa.
"This project is the UK rail industry's leading deployment of ITSO on a
commercial basis. All parties involved have discovered and resolved many
issues during the process and have worked positively and collaboratively to
deliver a great outcome. This approach, based on teamwork, sets the standard
for the way to design, implement, test and deploy ITSO rail schemes," explains
Steve Chilver, operations director for Cubic Transportation Systems. "Because
Cubic provides the ticketing system for TfL, we were in a unique position with
Go-Ahead to create an additional test suite on site at Cubic's UK headquarters
to ensure seamless integration with the London smartcard network."
Cubic project manager, Glen Fry, explains: "By having the TfL and Go-Ahead
facilities located on one site, we were able to quickly and easily run
end-to-end journey tests across the two estates, for example, from Brighton to
Victoria. The frequent presence of Go-Ahead engineers on site also allowed us
to work together on integrated testing with other suppliers' equipment within
the test suite and to build up valuable knowledge within both teams for the
pilot and launch."
Riz Wahid, head of retail development for Southern, said "We are very proud of
what we have delivered for our customers. Working with Cubic we have been able
to provide a robust system that allows us to provide the best technical
solution to support our retail strategy. Working with Cubic and having their
resources and experience on this project has been a key contributor to our
successful delivery of the key across our network."
Dave Lynch, IT and procurement director for Go-Ahead Group Plc, said, "Today
is the end of a complex technical project made possible by our suppliers and
partners TfL and DfT. It is at the same time the start of real innovation in
ticketing for our customers in the UK rail industry. Future phases will
deliver on the DfT's door-to-door strategy providing truly multi-modal journey
integration with TfL's Tube and bus services on a single smart card. Cubic has
proved again with this project that they are second to none in their delivery
of complex IT projects delivering real passenger benefits."
About Cubic Corporation
Cubic® Transportation Systems, Inc., is part of Cubic Corporation. Cubic
Corporation is the parent company of three major business segments: Defense
Systems, Mission Support Services and Transportation Systems. Cubic Defense
Systems is a leading provider of realistic combat training systems and defense
electronics. Mission Support Services is a leading provider of training,
operations, maintenance, technical and other support services.
Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., is a leading integrator of payment and
information solutions and related services for intelligent travel
applications. Cubic delivers integrated systems for transportation and traffic
management, delivering tools for travelers to choose the smartest and easiest
way to travel and pay for their journeys, and enabling transportation
authorities and agencies to manage demand across the entire transportation
network – all in real-time. Cubic specializes in design, development,
manufacture, supply, installation, integration, services and information.
Services provided by Cubic include on-site management, central systems,
operations support, patron support, business support and field services.
Every year, nearly 7 billion rides are taken worldwide using Cubic payment and
information systems. Cubic has delivered over 400 projects in 40 major markets
on five continents. Active projects include London; Brisbane (Southeast
Queensland) region, Australia; New York/New Jersey region; Washington, D.C.
/Baltimore/Virginia region; Los Angeles region; San Diego region; San
Francisco region; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Chicago; Atlanta region; Miami (South
Florida) region; Vancouver and Edmonton, Canada; Sydney (New South Wales),
Australia; Germany; and Scandinavia.
For more information about Cubic, see the company's Web site at
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