Scotrail signs new contract with Atos Origin to upgrade AVANTIX Mobile
The Atos Origin ‘next generation’ mobile ticketing solution, AVANTIX Mobile, provides quick and easy ticketing on the move
London - Atos Origin, an international IT services company, today announced a new long term contract with Scotrail to replace and upgrade all existing AVANTIX Mobile devices. Roll-out will be completed by the middle of 2009 across all of ScotRail.
AVANTIX Mobile, the Atos Origin ‘next generation’ mobile ticketing solution, is the number one mobile ticketing solution for the UK rail industry and in 2008 issued over 50 million tickets. It provides quick and easy ticketing on the move for tickets to and from any location as well as providing train staff with fast, easy access to up-to-date fare and timetable information.
The new improved version being rolled out for ScotRail has additional functionality including faster ticket printing to enable more sales on busy trains; options for Wi-Fi or GPRS capability for online transactions and the capability to integrate a 2D barcode scanner for validation of self-print and mobile tickets.
“We are delighted to be working closely with both Scotrail to deliver technology solutions that simplify ticket purchase and help to improve customer service and information” said Tony Lacy, General Manager for Transport at Atos Origin. AVANTIX Mobile provides a cost effective and high performance solution that makes it fast, easy and convenient for passengers to purchase tickets and it can easily be adapted to accommodate new technologies, such as mobile ticketing and smartcards as they become more widespread.”
“The new AVANTIX Mobile provides us with a solution that integrates with our current retail channels, said Alasdair McNicoll, Projects Director at Scotrail. “We were pleased with the approach taken by Atos Origin’s project team who helped ensure a seamless transition to the new upgraded system.”
To ensure that customers get long-term benefit from their investment, Atos Origin has a committed development programme for AVANTIX Mobile. Planned enhancements for 2009 onwards that can be retrospectively added to new Avantix Mobile devices include a new Bluetooth-enabled PIN pad to handle Chip & PIN transactions, a built-in printer for credit card receipts and travel itinerary information as well as access to real time train running information and a barcode validation database. The new Chip and PIN solution also incorporates a reader for ITSO smartcards in anticipation for deployment of optional ITSO software at a later date.
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company’s annual revenues are EUR 5.5 billion and it employs 50,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting. For more information, visit: www.atosorigin.co.uk
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