OSPT™ Alliance, an international association which provides an open standard for secure transit fare collection solutions, has welcomed automated fare collection (AFC) system operator, Prokart as an Associate Member. Prokart, based in the Russian city of Perm, launched its AFC system ‘Odin Bilet’ or ’One Ticket’, in 2014. The project currently features 600 public transport vehicles and serves 150,000 passengers daily. With ambitions to increase the scope of the ‘Odin Bilet’ project to cover the entire public transport infrastructure in Perm, Prokart has identified the CIPURSE™ open standard, which offers an advanced foundation for establishing interoperable fare collection systems, as the next step in achieving its short and long-terms goals. Through integrating CIPURSE into its ‘Odin Bilet’ solution, Prokart will provide passengers and transport operators in Perm with a sustainable and interoperable solution for all transportation tickets across the region.
“The transport industry desperately needs a future-proofed solution that can provide advanced functionality and security,” comments Denis Gvozdev, CEO of Prokart. “Our company shares the philosophy of OSPT Alliance that the evolution of fare collection for public transportation is reliant on open standards.
“Our short-term plan is to implement our AFC solution, based on the CIPURSE standard, across all transportation activities in Perm and to expand our presence and services in other adjacent fields. Fundamentally, our key priority is to improve the convenience and efficiency of transactions for public transport operators and passengers, by offering a secure and interoperable AFC solution. We are confident that the CIPURSE open standard will enable us to realize this vision.”
Laurent Cremer, Executive Director, OSPT Alliance adds: “OSPT Alliance is delighted to welcome Prokart as an Associate Member. The company’s experience in implementing an AFC system across such a large populace, combined with its knowledge of the Russian transit market, will provide valuable insight to the alliance. We look forward to supporting Prokart in its efforts to expand the ‘Odin Bilet’ project and achieve even greater success.”