NEC implements Automatic Bus Fare Collection system in Surat BRT Project
Enabling ease of travelling mobility for commuters in Surat city
Surat, 06 March, 2018 – NEC Technologies India, together with NEC Corporation, today announced the implementation of an Automatic Bus Fare Collection (AFC) system in the diamond and textile capital of India, Surat city. Surat Smart City Development Ltd. (SSCDL) under Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) awarded this contract to NEC in May 2017. Phase 1 of the AFC system, consisting of cash-based QR ticketing in around 300 city buses using Hand Held Ticketing (HHT) machines and a Mobile App called Surat Sitilink, was launched in Oct 2017 and phase 2, with Rupay-based smart card fare payment using fare gates and validators at BRT stations, is being made operational now in the city’s 195 BRT stations and 650 city buses.
The AFC system uses contactless Rupay-based smart cards for accurate and reliable fare collection. Based on the collected data, the number of passengers getting on or off a bus is obtained for each station, and revenue management is performed. It eliminates the need for passengers to buy a ticket each time they take a bus, thus providing convenient and eco-friendly mobility to citizens of Surat City. These Rupay-based smart cards can be easily purchased and recharged at multiple service delivery points spread over city, including civic centres of SMC & BRT stations, using notes, coins and bankcards.
It is estimated that 200,000 commuters per day across the city will benefit from this system, creating greater convenience and enhancing commuter satisfaction.
NEC is also entrusted with the operations and maintenance of the system, including a bus operations Command Control Centre (CCC) at the SMC, for the next 7 years.
“An efficient and sustainable public transport system equipped with modern technology, such as an Automatic Fare Collection system with cashless payment, is the need of the hour in view of the Smart City mission of the Government of India. We hope that the AFC system implemented by NEC will bring transparency to the fare collection and help us in providing world class public transport service to commuters. We have also integrated the Rupay-based Surat Money smart card with the AFC system by NEC making it convenient for commuters to travel seamlessly across BRT and city buses. In the future, we plan to extend the reach of this card to other modes of public transport in the city, like taxis and the Metro as well,” said Shri M. Thennarasan, IAS and Municipal Commissioner of SMC.
“Rapid urbanization and the push of Government for India’s smart cities mission demand for a safe, secure, efficient and reliable public transportation system to support the growth of the city.”
“We are proud to be one of the first few companies in India to provide such advanced cutting-edge technology to public transport operators in India. At the same time, we are also pleased to announce the launch of NEC’s smart transportation solutions for the Indian market. NEC Technologies India is committed to deliver seamlessly integrated transport systems which will support urban infrastructure and provide a more efficient mode of transport to Indian communities,” said Takayuki Inaba, Managing Director, NEC Technologies India Private Limited.
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