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Amiens adopts open payment system for multi-modal public transport

The system from Flowbird helps operators to create frictionless multi-modal travel through the digital transformation of their legacy ticketing systems as well as meet the needs of tech-savvy populations.

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Flowbird's technology will make it easier for passengers to switch between modes of travel
Flowbird's technology will make it easier for passengers to switch between modes of travel

The French city of Amiens is implementing multi-modal open payments technology from Flowbird on the Amiens Métropole public transport system.

 

Flowbird will work in partnership with multi-modal transport provider Keolis Amiens to deploy the solution alongside its legacy ticketing system. Keolis also operates a fleet of electric buses for Amiens Métropole on some of the bus rapid transit (BRT) routes in the city.

 

For passengers, the system should mean easier, faster and more streamlined access to transport services, with Flowbird claims, the promise of a best fare guaranteed. For operators, introducing a cashless system reduces operational costs and improves financial security.

 

Frictionless travel

 

Flowbird’s Open Payments system aims to provide a route for operators to create frictionless travel through the digital transformation of their legacy ticketing systems as well as meet the needs of tech-savvy populations.

 

The launch in Amiens has been enabled through Flowbird’s CloudFare platform, which manages the Open Payments system, controls network assets, and offers data analytics and reporting.

 

By offering packaged solutions capable of adapting to these diverse needs, Flowbird technology can be applied flexibly on any mode of transport or network, whether that’s an Open Payments module for integration with third party ticketing systems, a dedicated turnkey Open Payments solution with validators, or a complete Flowbird solution incorporating advanced ticketing technologies.

“This technology can also create a pathway to mobility-as-a-service – a transaction process that can start with a ‘tap’ for parking, continue with a public transport journey and end with a bike rental”

"By offering these three solutions options, we can provide a modular approach for operators and authorities to meet their specific requirements,” said François Mottet, head of product strategy at Flowbird.

 

He added: “This technology can also create a pathway to mobility-as-a-service – a transaction process that can start with a ‘tap’ for parking, continue with a public transport journey and end with a bike rental.”

 

The Flowbird technology integrates with all major card networks – Carte Bancaire (CB), Visa and Mastercard – for full compatibility with available payment methods. Open Payments is increasingly an essential part of improving the travel experience for citizens and efficiency for operators.”

 

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