Bytemark awarded contract to develop secure mobile ticketing and payments system for FutureRailway programme

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UK: Bytemark, company that is building a dedicated mobile app for Toronto’s future airport rail link UP Express, announced that it has been awarded the contract to create a mobile payments infrastructure and smartphone app for the FutureRailway programme in the United Kingdom.

FutureRailway is the delivery team working on behalf of the cross-industry Technical Strategy Leadership Group (TSLG) to implement the Rail Technical Strategy (RTS). It operates as a collaboration between RSSB and Network Rail and was originally established to accelerate the uptake of innovation within the rail industry.

Once completed, the FutureRailway smartphone app will offer transport operators and commuters several methods for purchasing and activating rail tickets. The system will leverage the Bluetooth LE wireless technology resident on modern smartphones, enabling riders to have their rail fare validated by simply walking through fare-gates equipped with new wireless readers. As long as their phone and Bluetooth is powered on, riders won’t even need to remove their smartphone from their pocket or briefcase.

The new app will offer a host of other features as well including access to rail schedules, a rail system map, arrival times, GPS-based location services, and more.

“The FutureRailway initiative and its rail industry partners have come together to create a very progressive and strategic vision for their industry, and Bytemark is honoured to be a part of the team that will help make that vision a reality,” said Micah Bergdale, CEO of Bytemark.

The FutureRailway contract award is the latest in a string of mass transit contract wins for Bytemark. In 2014 they’ve completed the implementation of a mobile ticketing and payments systems for Capital Metro, the regional transportation provider for Austin, Texas. Bytemark also recently launched a mobile ticketing app for the South Shore Line, a commuter rail connecting South Bend, Indiana and Chicago, Illinois, and released a major upgrade to the mobile ticketing app it developed for NY Waterway, the largest private ferry operator in the United States. Bytemark was also awarded contracts to implement its mobile ticketing solution in Toronto, ON, Canada for Metrolinx’s UP Express.