FareONE Payment Card
FareONE smart ticket. Can be contact or contactless

FareONE AFC

Ticketing system

FareONE is smart cashless ticketing system for bus, ferry, train or ....

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Rugged portable computer reading FareONE contactless card. Takes a less than second!

FareONE - Ticketing System

FareONE cashless payment system

To get the ride in the bus, street car, subway, ferry or to use other means of mass transportation you have to have money or proper ticket in your pocket. Everybody using mass transportation system knows frustrations of lineups, lost tickets, expired tickets, no enough change in the pocket, hustle when trying to pay to the driver, get change back, move forward... Driver on other hand is forced to be a cashier with all responsibilities and problems that brings into already busy driver's life.

Answer to the most of above troubles is ticket that you can use multiple times, re-charge it with value when needed and just re-use it again and again. If you could use same card with stored value in other places that would be even better! Many cities around the world switched to tickets like that and enjoy many benefits of fare system. Millions of passengers using such systems every day are proof of acceptance and can verify how practical that concept actually is.

Only one kind of fare ticket can do that and much more. It is a smart card. It usually comes in form of the contact or contact-less plastic card with chip inside. Smart chip provides benefits of secure load of the value, secure transactions, easiness and speed of electronic transactions. Here is a short list of benefits but not really limited to:

  • Smart cards are small, they fit everybody's pocket.
  • Smart cards are very secure, can't be read, copied, manipulated with, counterfeited, duplicated.
  • Smart card protect privacy where needed.
  • Smart cards are re-writable and can be recharged thousands of times.
  • Smart card can contain digital log with location, date, time, person's stamp to record every transaction.
  • Smart card can contain money value in electronic form, kind of small ePurse system.
  • Smart card can contain weekly pass, monthly pass or simply ticket that expires by certain date.
  • Smart card can carry your advertising message or you can sell that space to somebody else.
  • Same fare card could potentially be used in other means of transport including a taxi, ferry, street cars...
  • Same card could be combined with multiple applications that do not interfere with each other.
  • Payment transactions with smart cards are fast promoting flow of passengers.
  • Passenger can pay for whole his party if system is setup to do so.
  • Smart card fare solution could be combined with regular ePurse system where you can use your card to pay for anything at participating merchants
  • Existing ePurse solutions can be extended to payments for fares
  • Smart card fare system eliminates cash from the payment systems.
  • Smart card fare systems remove burden of handling cash by drivers. It dramatically reduces crime against drivers!
  • Smart card fare system eliminates internal theft.
  • Smart card fare system eliminates almost all paperwork from the system by making all transactions electronic.
  • Smart card fare system support offline transactions and portable SC readers.
  • It gives bus company management fast, useful data and statistics that can be analyzed at any time.
  • Fare validators can, on demand, log all rides with time and date stamped for control and statistical purposes.
  • It is possible easier then ever to determine profitability, load, peak hours traffic for particular routes.
  • Central data base can provide unprecedented picture of the overall business situation for the transportation company
  • When we say bus company it can mean 50 or 500 buses but all this applies to small operators as well with 2-3 buses only.
  • Numerous benefits to bus company: smaller number of people handling money, digital stamp for those doing it, electronic processing, streamlined administrative data, reduced leakage, better overall control.
  • And don't forget one of the biggest advantages, transportation company gets money in advance long before actual services are rendered.
  • Much more...

Plans are that in near future every passenger will have smart fare ticket in the pocket. Doesn't matter how big or small transportation company is, on which geographic area it is situated, currency used, profile of passengers...everybody would enjoy benefits of the smart card ticketing system.

Mikroelektronika fixed validator at work in the street car. 3 units mounted in every street car

Ticketing System - AFC (Automatic Fare Collection) Concept

Using smart ticketing system is really easy

Concept of AFC is quite simple


PASSENGER
Buys a smart card ticket at ticketing office or wherever transportation company sells the tickets. Same card can be re-charged thousands of times by adding a value to the ticket. Card can be contact type or contact-less type.

If flat fee system is used it can be number of rides, simply amount paid in advance or in case of the monthly pass it can be expiry date. Since smart card systems support portable SC (Smart Card) devices and off-line transactions it is possible to run re-charge office out of the pocket using portable SC terminal.

Passenger enters the bus at door #1 (driver's position) taps a smart ticket to the terminal (contact-less cards). Terminal processes the card, verifies it, charges a predetermined amount or checks against expiry date, beeps to confirm the fare and that's it. It takes about second for all that. Fare is logged into internal log and process can be repeated again.

DRIVER / CONDUCTOR
Uses ruggedized, handheld portable computer to handle passenger's smart tickets. In the beginning of working shift driver takes first available terminal waiting in charger. Before starting using a terminal driver logs in using his personal SAM card. From that moment terminal is set for that specific driver, time and date, route, direction, default price to be charged to the passenger's smart tickets and price tables ready to be used. At bus stop driver holds his terminal so incoming travelers can easily tap the top of the terminal where RFID readers is located. Very important to note is that terminal is rugged, industrial type equipped with heavy duty battery to work whole day, every day for years to come!

Terminal is really top of the line hand held computer equipped with user friendly, touch screen, Windows Mobile OS programmed with FareONE application. As passenger's tickets are being charged terminal makes log entries and calculations in the background. Statistical data are later downloaded into FareONE back-office application and could be analyzed by management.

In larger systems fixed validator is installed by the driver and he is relieved of burden of handling anything. Driver merely supervises incoming passengers tapping their cards onto AFC validator.

OWNER / OPERATOR'S MANAGEMENT
Owner of the system is effectively operating system from single PC. Operator can have multiple remote sales offices where smart tickets shall be sold to passengers, re-charged with more money (rides), set to have expiry date or simply created from blank, pre-printed smart cards. Same smart tickets pre-loaded with certain value could be distributed in variety stores or any kind of independent sales storefronts, even by person standing on the street corner or bus stop.

Operator running FareONE Back-office edition is able to control issuance of driver's SAM cards, outflow of cards, incoming performance data, remote offices, re-sellers, controllers, conductors and much more. Easy to use Windows based software does administrative tasks easily eliminating errors, saving time and money in everyday operations. Handling cash is taken away from everybody and trusted to very few people where transactions are controlled by the software.

There are many ways operator can organize sales and make money with smart ticketing system. Initial system investment recovery is quick and savings created are long term. Almost every operator having his drivers or conductors handling cash is losing money in process! Some of the operators are hit so hard and on consistent bases that they don't survive and have to seize operations.

Some prospects inquiring about FareONE system measured daily loss at 60%-70% level! Don't that let happen to you and your transportation company! Nobody can sustain that kind of losses and stay in business. Only way to prevent it is go full cashless. FareONE is true smart cashless solution!

See video demonstration, click here:

 

 

 

Economically priced, durable, practical, fixed, contactless validator for any bus, street car, ferry

Ticketing System - AFC Choices Explained

Understand what is available before buying!
Are there any choices when ordering AFC?
In short: yes they are. Almost all bus operators would benefit from smart bus ticketing solutions. Equipment ranges from low cost to very advanced systems that can do everything. Prices jump wildly mostly depending where hardware is made. USA, Europe or Far East.

When bus operator is selecting their AFC system they are usually facing following dilemmas:

Unable to understand the system. It is too complicated so benefits are really unclear and hard to grasp on
System is too expensive. Also be aware of installation costs. In systems with many components it may be substantial amount and effort that will cripple the fleet for period of time
System is too complicated to run. May require IT personnel to effectively run it and maintain central server. That is a last thing one needs
System is not driver friendly. Drivers are mixed bag. Some of them like AFC since it removes much work from their shoulders. The nayers are against since it takes cash away from their hands
Expensive to run because of software and hardware maintenance demands
Only after some time operator finds out that he has to pay for monthly or yearly software licensing fees
On attempt to equip more buses with AFC equipment operator finds out that there is need for another software version since adding more validators is not linear
When designing FareONE we had all above in mind and alleviated many concerned by selecting hardware and solution that will not burden the operator. Notably we had small or better say cost effective operators in mind.

We stayed away from ideas like "more you spent, better it is" for places that throw millions of dollars for their AFC solution. Clear example for such devastating policies is Toronto Transit Commission. In 2007 job was awarded to Accenture out of US. Cost projected to be 250 Million dollars. By today Toronto spent 700 Million and counting. By 2016-2017 when everything suppose to be completed estimates are that final bill will reach 1.3 Billion dollars.

Anyway, back to Earth. Every system you buy from Smart Chip card Solutions Ltd. has finite and very clear cost. There are no tricks and bad surprises later. Our software is rather simple to use, terminals have selectable pricing, office people easily set driver's control cards. Security and integrity of the system is important and emphasized through usage of control smart cards. Instead of overflowing back-end with millions of transactions that just load back-office for no good reason we use transaction counters. Why complicate things when it can be simple and streamlined?

In short order there are 3 AFC configurations that may work for most of the bus operators:

1. Validator based on battery operated POS (Point of Sale device)

2. Validator based on rugged hand held computer

3. Validator based on fixed dedicated device
Ingenico portable POS that accepts contact and contactless chip cards. Built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, GSM/GPRS, printer, colour LCD screen, backlit keypad

Ticketing System - AFC using Portable POS

SCCS uses Ingenico portable POS

> ADVANTAGES

  • Small, lightweight, battery operated terminal.
  • Lithium Ion 2050 mAh batteries
  • Reads and writes contact and contactless smart cards
  • Powerfull microprocessor, enough memory for any kind of application
  • Built with security in mind
  • USB, Ethernet, RS232, Bluetooth, GSM/GPRS or HDSPA communications
  • Durable, backlit keyboard with large keys
  • Fast thermal printer included
  • No wiring and other changes needed in the bus, ferry, train or other kind of vehicle! Conversion to AFC could be done literally over night!
  • Transactions downloaded to PC via smart card, USB, Ethernet, WiFi or GSM/GPRS!
  • Carries fare pricing tables
  • Same terminal could be used by the controllers
  • Activity counters available (built into the handheld computer)
  • Same terminal could be used by re-sellers
  • FareONE system is inter-operable, meaning same smart tickets could be used in different means of transportation (passenger uses ferry, train and bus to get to work)  
  • Card log available in every smart ticket
  • Multiple modes of operation. Charge by: expiry date, transfer limit, number of tickets, balance stored in the card
  • If you are thinking about true portable solution terminal can be enabled to serve as sales terminal capable of re-charging smart cards anywhere, at any time!
  • Smaller operators could have system running literally out of the pocket! System could be up and running in matter of few days
  • Get your investment back in no time, read White Paper, it might surprise you!
  • Budgetary cost: $660
Handheld, rugged computer with RFID smart card reader, WiFi, Bluetooth, GSM/GPRS, extremely durable, daylight touch screen LCD, long life battery

Ticketing System - AFC Using Portable Rugged Computers

SCCS uses Motorola (Zebra) products

> ADVANTAGES

  • True portable solution using handheld smart card terminal reading contact and contact less smart cards. Typically MIFARE, DESFire.
  • No wiring and other changes needed in the bus, ferry, train or other kind of vehicle! Conversion to AFC could be done literally over night!
  • Transactions downloaded to PC via smart card, USB, Ethernet, WiFi or GSM/GPRS!
  • Carries fare pricing tables
  • Same terminal could be used by the controllers
  • Activity counters available (built into the handheld computer)
  • Same terminal could be used by re-sellers
  • FareONE system is inter-operable, meaning same smart tickets could be used in different means of transportation (passenger uses ferry, train and bus to get to work)
  • Smart ticket space (one side) can be sold to independent organizations for advertising purposes. Adversing message is in pockets of thousands of passengers!
  • Card log available in every smart ticket
  • Multiple modes of operation. Charge by: expiry date, transfer limit, number of tickets, balance stored in the card
  • If you are thinking about true portable solution terminal can be enabled to serve as sales terminal capable of re-charging smart cards anywhere, at any time!
  • Smaller operators could have system running literally out of the pocket! System could be up and running in matter of few days
  • Get your investment back in no time, read White Paper, it might surprise you!
  • Budgetary cost: $2000
In bus contactless validator. Reliable, low cost, RFID contactless reader, large LCD, audible response, LEDs

Ticketing System - AFC Using Fixed Validator

SCCS uses Mikroelektronika validators

> ADVANTAGES

  • Durable, lightweight, fixed in the bus
  • Sturdy mount with railing and sliding contacts on the bottom enable quick replacement in the field
  • Reads and writes contactless smart cards
  • Fast and reliable 
  • Powerful microprocessor, enough memory for any kind of application
  • Audio visual notifications 
  • Built with security in mind
  • USB, Ethernet, WiFi, GSM/GPRS or HDSPA communications
  • Backlit colour LCD display 
  • Transactions downloaded to PC via smart card, USB, Ethernet, WiFi or GSM/GPRS!
  • Carries fare pricing tables 
  • Activity counters available 
  • FareONE system is inter-operable, meaning same smart tickets could be used in different means of transportation (passenger uses ferry, train and bus to get to work)  
  • Card log available in every smart ticket
  • Multiple modes of operation. Charge by: expiry date, transfer limit, number of tickets, balance stored in the card  
  • Get your investment back in no time, read White Paper, it might surprise you!
  • Watch video demonstration HERE
  • Budgetary cost: $950

Ticketing System - How We Do It?

Systems described above shown at work:

Passenger just presented contactless card to the terminal. Money deducted under second!

Ingenico portable POS shown while processing smart ticket. It takes a less than second to deduct a fare cost from presented smart ticket!

Passenger just presented contactless payment card, money deducted under one second!

Motorola / Zebra handheld computer shown while processing a smart ticket. Fast, reliable and durable solution for any situation. 

Fixed validator shown in city bus. 3 pieces installed, one per every door for fast processing

Camel fixed validator mounted in the bus. High volume, fast, reliable solution for any location in the world.

Important to keep in mind!

A few simple rules of options

There are few simple rules and conveniences that make system practical and universal:

  • no Internet or network required! This ePurse works on single PC or laptop
  • card balance could be checked at any time by simply placing it on reader. It does not affect balance
  • bus validator or sales person can only deduct money from the card
  • store owner of other single person could be designated to top-up customer's cards and receive cash
  • there are no limits how many cards could be added to the same system
  • there are no limits how many validators could be added to the same system
  • name of the card holder is optional feature. May become important with FerryONE operations where ferry operators MUST produce passenger's list on demand by Ministry of Transportation or Port Operations Control
  • this is basic software. It could be enhanced with many features in future, at special request

How it Works?

Basic operations with FareONE Starter software 

It is very easy to use FareONE starter package. Mini PC comes with software loaded. It is standard, fully functional PC with Windows 10. Needs mouse, keyboard and monitor. Cards work right out of the box. As soon as new card is placed on the reader software opens the screen:

 

Form on the screen is self explanatory. Important fields of data are filled up automatically. Some of the fields are optional and could be skipped. After desired entries, clicking SAVE CARD creates new card. 

To top-up the card at any time simply place card on the reader and press TOPUP AMOUNT button. New window opens:

It is easy to enter top-up amount:

After clicking OK card form reflects new balance:

 

Every time card is used details are written into the card's AutoLog. That log can't be edited. It is for review purposes only. See it on this screen:

Every transaction performed with cards are written into PC's data base so sales person or store owner can review activity:

  

St. Lucia contact-less smart ticketing system shown. Easy to use, easy to re-charge, lasts for many years

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Need more info?

Need more convincing that AFC is right answer for your needs?

Call (1-905-469-0855), e-mail or Skype (Almexsales) us and we will gladly answer your questions and address concerns.

We'll e-mail to you white paper with cost analyses that will demonstrate quick return on investment.

Weight: g
Komplete AFC starter kit with desktop mount

FareONE-Demo-Kit

FareONE Demo Kit

This is a complete FareONE demo package ready to go! Demonstrate AFC to your customers and try it yourself!

All parts are mounted on display case and all it needs is just to be plugged into regular 110V - 220V power receptacle. Kit package has the following parts:

  • CV24G in-vehicle validator with contactless reader, WiFi, Ethernet, RS232, RS485, non touch colour LCD
  • GSM/GPRS - GPS - WiFi blade antenna with wire + connectors
  • Back rail and bracket for pole mounting
  • Intel Mini PC pre-loaded with FareONE software
  • 5421 contactless smart card reader
  • WiFi access point 802.11 g/n
  • Power supplies
  • FareONE x 10 passenger's contactless cards, printed on one side
  • FareONE x 1 data transfer contactless card, printed on one side
  • FareONE x 1 price set admin card
  • FareONE basic software

Delivery is calculated extra.

Weight: g
AFC validator for bus, street car, ferry

FareONE-Starter-Kit

Start AFC System with this kit

This is a complete FareONE starter package ready to go! Kit package has the following parts:

  • CV24G in-vehicle validator with contactless reader, WiFi, Ethernet, RS232, RS485, non touch colour LCD
  • GSM/GPRS - GPS - WiFi blade antenna with wire + connectors
  • Back rail and bracket for pole mounting
  • Intel Mini PC pre-loaded with FareONE software
  • 5421 contactless smart card reader
  • WiFi access point 802.11 g/n 
  • Power supplies
  • FareONE x 10 passenger's contactless cards, printed on one side
  • FareONE x 1 data transfer contactless card, printed on one side
  • FareONE x 1 price set admin card
  • FareONE basic software

Delivery is calculated extra.

Weight: g
AFC validator kit

CV24G-WiFi

CV24G validator

Add as many validators to your fleet! Each validator comes pre-programmed and ready to go. Kit package has the following parts:

  • CV24G in-vehicle validator with contactless reader, WiFi, Ethernet, RS232, RS485, colour non touch LCD
  • GSM/GPRS - GPS - WiFi blade antenna with wire + connectors
  • Back rail and bracket for pole mounting

Delivery is calculated extra.

Weight: g
Contactless card for FareONE AFC systems

FareONE-Card

Passenger contactless card

High security contactless card, printed on one side in colour. Blank other side. Every order of 1000+ cards comes with customer supplied artwork and logo.
Weight: g
Set a ride price programming card

FareONE-Price

FareONE Price programming card 
With this card it is easy to change ride cost that validator is charging to passenger's card. Once set price can stay in validator indefinitely. When bus needs to go on different route presenting card with new price will set cost instantly.
Weight: g
Data transfer card

FareONE-Data

FareONE data transfer card
With this card it is easy to transfer transaction log to central PC. Pre-requisit is to have validator's WiFi-GPS-GSM antenna mounted on top of the bus. Also bus has to be in WiFi point range. Presenting card causes validator to upload data. Progress is shown on the LCD screen.