ERG maintains fast pace of smart card technology exports

West Australian company ERG and its partner Schlumberger Test & Transactions have added to their recent string of half a dozen smart card successes in French cities by picking up a contract to lead the implementation of an automated fare collection system for Bordeaux. The deal is valued at more than $A30 million.

A spokesman explained that the Bordeaux system will be build on contactless card technology in which a single multimodal ticket will give access to all transport networks -- bus, tram, train and taxi -- and parking. It will also be designed to integrate e-purse facilities.

ERG will supply validators, driver consoles, bus depot data transmission systems using wireless LAN technology, POS devices, and back office software, including card management and fare rules. Schlumberger will supply the back office servers , the automated distribution system and the contactless smart cards.

"We are particularly pleased to have won this contract," noted Norbert Shuwer, managing director of ERG Transit Systems France. "The Bordeaux area system we will implement represents a major step towards a fully integrated global platform for the management of city and regional mobility."

Norbert added that in France ERG has already contributed to the implementation of more than 30 smart card systems and will have a smart card base of more than 550,000 by the end of 2002.

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