Keolis, Masabi and FAMOCO unveil Mass Market Mobile Ticket Validator

10-30-2017. Next generation device at a quarter the cost of alternatives brings mobile ticket validation to a whole new market of bus operators and makes multi-door boarding a reality.

Masabi, the leader in innovative transit ticketing and fare collection, Keolis, a world leader in shared mobility and a pioneer in the development of public transport, through its digital subsidiary Kisio Digital and FAMOCO, the leader in secure professional terminals, today unveiled a mass market mobile ticket validator which dramatically changes the economics of deployment. Whereas previous validators have cost well over a thousand dollars per unit, the new device is priced in the hundreds, unlocking a whole new market segment and enabling multi-door boarding which reduces bus dwell time and increases average bus speed.

The validator delivers fast and reliable scanning of 2D barcode tickets displayed on a smartphone screen, along with smartcard and EMV based contactless cards, providing the agency with extra security as well as information on vehicle usage and bus location. The device is currently in pilot on the public transport network of Orléans Métropole, in collaboration with Keolis Orléans Val de Loire in France, with general rollout planned for the first half of 2018. 

The device developed by the three companies combines highly specialized expertise from the global leaders in their respective fields. FAMOCO has provided the secure Android-based device, Kisio Digital the front-end customer application and Masabi is delivering the software which powers the device - based on its deployment proven Justride Inspect system. The validator is being shown by Kisio at the ITS World Congress event in Montreal Canada.

Mobile ticketing is increasingly being seen as a must have for transport operators around the globe. In particular in the bus market, the benefits are significant including reduced cash handling and much faster vehicle boarding. However, to date, the cost of validators has been a significant barrier to bus operators deploying this technology. This new validator offers them a solution at a quarter the price of alternative hardware, opening up a whole new market and also making multi-door boarding a reality.
 

Brian Zanghi, CEO of Masabi

Our partnership with Famoco & Masabi is an important milestone in our PlanBookTicket digital strategy, supported by our subsidiary Kisio Digital. The aim is to give each traveler the best route information, with multimodal route options, and the possibility of purchasing and validating tickets in a totally dematerialized way on their mobile. Thanks to Famoco and Masabi, members of our start-up partner ecosystem, we offer innovative, robust and very competitive solutions to our customers, enabling them to deploy mobile ticketing across the whole transportation network.
 

Laurent Kocher, Executive Director Marketing, Innovation and Services for the Keolis Group

About Masabi

Masabi deliver transit ticketing solutions that delight passengers and reduce costs for agencies and operators. Masabi’s Justride cloud-based platform unifies account-based and pre-pay ticketing into a single configurable solution, enabling agencies to deploy a future-proof specialist transit payments platform, which allows passengers to just ride. The company works in partnership with more than thirty leading transit agencies and operators in the US, Europe and around the globe, including; Boston’s MBTA, Nassau Inter-County Express, Fire Island Ferries, New Orleans RTA, LA Metrolink, Las Vegas RTC and New York’s MTA. Masabi has offices in London, New York and Boston and investors include Mastercard and Keolis.

About FAMOCO

FAMOCO is the leader of secure professional Android devices. Established in 2010, FAMOCO targets the transportation, cashless payment, logistics and access control markets to equip mobile agents. With their range of secure and remotely managed devices, FAMOCO has developed the first Android business-ready solution that can be adapted to all needs and markets. Today FAMOCO is expanding worldwide and has deployed more than 150,000 devices in over 30 countries in just 3 years. Among its customers it counts prestigious companies such as Google, Gemalto, Alipay, Orange, ONET, Atalan and Airtel. FAMOCO has 4 offices worldwide: Paris, Brussels, New Delhi and Singapore.