Worldline and Conduent to build new ticketing system for Paris transport
Île-de-France Mobilités, the transport provider for Paris and the Île-de-France region, has charged Worldline and Conduent with the construction of a new central ticketing system as part of the firm’s Smart Navigo Ticketing Modernisation Programme.
The first phase of the deployment is underway, and the consortium says that it has delivered the first building block to give passengers in the Paris region access to smartphone-based tickets.
The service will initially be rolled out to Samsung device users only, and then all Android devices with near-field communication (NFC) technology.
The Smart Navigo program, launched in 2016 by Valérie Pécresse, President of the Regional Council of Île-de-France, aims to provide passengers with flexible ways to travel on the region’s network.
A preliminary version of the Navigo Liberté+ pass is also being trialled. Product users can travel around freely (metro and buses, for the time being) and are charged for the journeys they make afterwards.
According to Worldline and Conduent, as many as 14 disparate systems had to be linked together. The roll-out of the technology took seven months.
The success of the project “reflects the effective collaboration between all players in the ecosystem and its numerous partners,” write the two firms in a press release.
“These services are the first concrete building blocks mapping out a revolution in Île-de-France Mobilités’ services. The goal is to switch all fare collection over to ticketless solutions and, ultimately, to make purchasing, use and after-sales solutions for fares.”