The ability to gets on public transport her of Athensunder the jurisdiction of the OASA (Metro, Tram, Bus and Trolley), using bank card and smartphone will soon have the passenger public.
This came after the signing the contract between him OASA and the project contractor HST A.E., a member of the Group TERNA ENERGYfor its technological upgrade Automatic Fee Collection System (ASSK).
The new applications upgrading of the ASSK allow the use of bank cards and mobile devicesfor the movements with Means of Mass Transportation under the jurisdiction of OASA (Metro, Tram, Buses, Trolley) and provide the system with MaaS support capability (Mobility as a Service), to interface with mobility partner applications such as taxis, rental electric bikes, airlines and ferry companiesetc.
Particularly, according to the announcement of OASA, alternative possibility of using a contactless bank card for every MMM boarding, is a decisive step upgrading the services of Athens Transport, with significant benefits in serving the passenger public. Passengers, except ATH.ENA Ticket ή ATH.ENA Cardthey will be able to use bank cardeven if it is integrated, through an App, on the mobile phone them.
The immediate benefits for the passenger
With the implementation of the use of bank cards for boarding MMMs, the passenger public You will NOT need to:
- To get a ticket through publishing houses or publishing machines (AMEK).
- To knows the available moving products to choose the appropriate one. The system will have the ability to analyze the movement data and the charge on the bank card it will be corresponding to the routes, with selection of the optimal one. An extremely useful feature for passengers who are not familiar with the Athens transportation system, such as visitors from other cities and tourists.
- To look for points of salein order to move with MMM.
The first phase of the implementation will be applied to the vehicles of the Express Airport Bus Linesuntil the end of March 2024while the set of applications will be available to passengers until the end of the year 2024.
The implementation of the new applications is part of the wider actions of the OASA Group with HST AE, for the providing high-level services with domestic added value. The creation of an integrated and accessible transportation system with the adoption of modern and innovative technologies that improve the transportation services provided, has as aimed at better serving the residents and improving the travel experience of Attica’s visitors.
The CEO of OASA, Mr. George Spiliopoulosemphasized in this regard: “The OASA with technological upgrade of the Automatic Fare Collection System (ASSC), is added to the European metropolitan public transport operators (London, Lisbon, Brussels, etc.) that have introduced Best practices of smart cities. New advanced application of contactless transactions for each boarding of an MMM under the jurisdiction of the OASA, it significantly improves the passenger experience, as no ticketing will be requiredcontributing positively to the Organization’s environmental footprint”.
The CEO of HST SA, Dr. Alexandros Karyotakis stated in this regard: “In an age where technology is dynamically evolving, the direction towards digital innovation with domestic added value is a strategic choice of HST and TERNA ENERGY, which since 2014 has been participating in a high-tech Project, actively contributing to digital transformation of Athens’ urban transport. With the technological upgrade of the existing systemin one of the most modern European level andopen technology fee collection system state-of-the-art, the range of transportation options is expanded, improving the quality and level of service that will be offered to passengers who use Attica’s urban transportation every day”.
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