February 10, 2011

Kolkata selects Spanish company for ticketing contract

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INDIA's oldest metro line, the 25km north - south route in Kolkata, is to be fitted with a new access control and ticketing system. The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), which was created by the Indian Ministry of Railways to support technology development on the country's network, has awarded Spanish IT company Indra a Euros 6 million contract for the work.

Indra will work in cooperation with its domestic partner Keltron on the project which will replace the existing 20-year-old ticketing system with a new one that can be used both manually and automatically.
 
Indra's system is equipped with contactless technology that enables passengers to use multi-journey electronic cards as well as tokens for a single trip. The system validates tickets using a radio frequency by the means of contactless access control systems and will be able to co-exist with the new east - west metro line which is currently under construction.

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