Thamesdown gets aboard with ITSO from Parkeon

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Parkeon’s Gavin Trimnell pictured with Paul Jenkins of Thamesdown

Thamesdown Transport’s bus network is to benefit from advanced ticketing technology utilising Parkeon’s Wayfarer200 platform which is able to dual read ITSO concessionary passes and its own commercial smartcard scheme.

Thamesdown has brought forward the replacement of its current Wayfarer system to take advantage both of a regional grant and the BSOG ITSO incentive.

The order will roll out across the 90 vehicle fleet from September and make the operator one of the first to utilise the West of England ITSO HOPS facility. Parkeon will also interface its ticketing equipment with Thamesdown’s RTI system.

Paul Jenkins, MD of Thamesdown, said: “Investing in this technology brings significant advantages to our concessionary and commercial customers, it also enables us to benefit from the BSOG uplift and a regional funding opportunity.

“Critically, we need the technology to be able to dual-read our successful Wayfarer-mapped commercial smartcard schemes along with the ITSO-based English National Concessionary Travel Scheme smartcards.

We also run a multioperator network ticketing scheme locally with Stagecoach and so a key consideration was the need for both companies to migrate to ITSO to maintain inter-operability with smartcards.” Thamesdown conducted a rigorous assessment of ITSO ticketing platforms and found the experiences of the ALBUM Parkeon User Group helpful in informing the decisionmaking process.

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