Parkeon’s Smart Transport Programme Goes Global
Parkeon’s Smart Transport programme is reaching around the world as transport authorities seek technologies to help shape the cities of the future.
The company’s innovations in automatic fare collection and real-time data management are contributing to sustainable economic and multi-modal strategies, enabling operators to optimise revenues while providing end users with easier access to public transport information and services.
All this is being delivered through a commitment to continuous innovation that has been the hallmark of the company for over 40 years.
“Over the last 12 months, technology developed by Parkeon engineers in the UK has been adopted around the world by transport authorities focused on creating smart and sustainable urban environments,” says Owen Griffith, Managing Director of Parkeon Transportation.
“We know that without proper planning, cities will become increasingly congested, more polluted and less able to function in ways that meet the needs of citizens. Key to ensuring that these environments work societally and economically is the development of public transport systems that are efficient, integrated and easy to access – our technologies help to deliver this vision.”
Parkeon’s recent successes include:
- A world-first bus management and journey tracking system delivered by Parkeon for the recently-opened underground Busport in Perth, Australia – one of the world’s most technologically-advanced transport hubs. The Busport, developed by the Western Australia Public Transport Authority, uses innovative dynamic bus management technology to increase bus stand availability by 50%, controlling the arrival and departure of up to 140 buses per hour in peak time. The technology not only manages the efficient arrival and departure of hundreds of services every day, it also enables commuters to access bus journey information in real-time via smartphone, tablet or PC.
- Ongoing support for the fare collection equipment and systems developed by Parkeon for the TfL London bus network. The contract includes the long-term asset refreshment and 24/7 maintenance of existing on-and-off vehicle equipment – including contactless technology – to ensure that future systems meet the needs of customers using London’s fleet of over 8,500 buses. In addition, Parkeon has developed the self-service ticketing systems covering Heathrow Express services between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport terminals.
- A new validation system in Brussels covering 650 buses and 500 metro gates. The contract also provides for the possible deployment of an additional 7,150 new validators to replace existing Parkeon equipment first supplied in 2006.
- A contract to help Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) – the principal bus operator in Western Cape, South Africa – make public transport ‘the heartbeat of economic and social development.’ GABS has chosen Parkeon’s on-bus and back office technology to help deliver its future ticketing strategy – including contactless systems – for Cape Town and its metropolitan area. The deal includes 1,250 Wayfarer200 driver consoles, 62 fixed and mobile point-of-sale units, depot cashier and driver dispatching devices, and an integrated back office, depot management and administrative software solution.
- Self-service ticketing technology developed in the UK and installed across Sydney, Australia to make multi-modal travel easier and more convenient for users of Opal – the world’s largest geographically-defined smart card scheme. Parkeon has supplied 255 ticket vending and smart card recharge machines for Transport for New South Wales, enabling passengers at train, light rail and ferry terminals to buy disposable single trip cards and subscribers to reload their smart cards via cash or card.
- A contract to deliver one of Europe’s most advanced multi-modal ticketing systems as part of a major public transport infrastructure investment in Northern Ireland. The £45 million programme will include the delivery of a modernised ticketing system, including contactless payment technologies, to transform the travel experience of passengers and boost the number of people using public transport.