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Edmonton opts for smart fare solution

 The solution allows the three metropolitan region cities’ transit agencies to collect real-time data


The City of Edmonton has moved away from cash- and paper-based ticketing
The City of Edmonton has moved away from cash- and paper-based ticketing

Vix Technology, a global leader in transport ticketing and payment solutions, has been chosen by three city partners in the Edmonton metropolitan region to implement a new advanced Regional Smart Fare Solution (RSFS).


The City of Edmonton, Strathcona County and City of St Albert will adopt the RSFS and move from a cash and paper-based ticketing system to a common contactless fare payment system utilising an account-based back office.


The RSFS initiative is made up of multiple components and Vix will design, build, operate, and maintain the entire solution, inclusive of front-end equipment, back-office infrastructure, smart card media and more for the duration of the contract.


Account-based systems have been at the forefront of advanced fare collection solutions due to the robust nature of the back office.


The Vix solution will move fare calculations and settlement to the back office, offer payment convenience for riders and allow the three Edmonton metropolitan region cities’ transit agencies to collect real-time data. And with the Vix solution, the open architecture platform allows for scalability and integration and a standards-based approach.


The new RSFS will make fare payments seamless across all modes of transportation and will encourage increased use of public transit and travel across the three cities, servicing more than 1.24 million people. This new system will incorporate open payments, which allows riders flexible payment options, including contactless EMV cards, branded retail prepaid cards, or agency or third party-issued transit cards.


Open architecture fare collection systems are rapidly becoming a focus in large urban cities with growing public transportation needs due to scalability, ease of integration with other systems already in place, and the opportunity to add surrounding regional transit partners.


Vix has a strong track record in the global fare collection market and is a leader implementing the latest transportation technology. Some of the most recent contracts awarded to Vix include a contract by the Malaysian Government’s public transport regulator (SPAD) to unify payments for the country’s multiple transit operators under a single transport ticketing system, and a new, state-of-the-art comprehensive fare payment system for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).


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