Contactless cards from ASK have been used for years in Lyon, France to rent bikes from public access stations around town. But now the system is spreading to other markets including Aix en Provence, Paris and Seville, Spain. In Paris, more than 20,000 bikes will be available at more than 1400 stations. Both traditional and paper contactless cards make the system affordable for both regular and one-time users.
JCDecaux Cyclocity® services use ASK contactless cards and tickets
Sophia-Antipolis, June 19, 2007: ASK, a world leader in contactless technology, announced today that the delivery of their contactless cards for Cyclocity® services is ongoing in several cities, including Aix en Provence, Paris and Seville, Spain. Cyclocity® is a self service bike rental application based on contactless technology. It has already been successfully implemented in Lyon for 2 years.
Bicycles in the city are a new vehicle for short distance urban transport and participate in sustainable and environmental policies, a growing demand of governments and citizens. As cars’ traffic and subsequently traffic jams and pollution reach an unprecedented level, governments try to solve environmental issues through a global multimodal public transport service. Bicycles perfectly complete the offer of subways, tramways and buses for seamless mass transit.
Contactless Mass transit expertise
ASK as the leading provider of contactless tickets and cards for public transportation systems was a natural partner for JCDecaux when developing its self-service bicycle rental in Lyon. Since it was launched in May 2005, ASK has successfully provided C.ticket®, contactless paper tickets, TDM, a Ticket Dispensing Machine as well as subscribers’ contactless cards.
Cyclocity® services are already implemented in Lyon and Brussels. New contracts include Aix en Provence, Mulhouse, Besançon in France, Seville in Spain and Paris, French Capital City where it should be available by mid-July.
With 20,600 bicycles available on 1,451 stations, Paris Velib’ service will be the largest worldwide project of bicycle rental. Parisian will rediscover their city freely, in a convenient, user friendly and clean new vehicle and ASK contactless card.
“The Cyclocity badge complies with ISO 14443 B standard, the widest public transport standard for contactless microprocessor cards, says Christophe Peix, ASK France Sales Manager. Badge request are now available through a new dedicated website at http://www.velib.paris.fr/, he adds.”
So this summer, ride a bike to go to the beach!
Founded in 1997, ASK is today a worldwide leading supplier of contactless cards, tickets, RFID tags, ePassport inlays and readers addressing the mass transit, access control, banking, e-Identity and supply chain markets. More than 70 million contactless products are already in service. ASK is a France-based company with worldwide customers and wholly-owned subsidiaries in the US, Singapore and China.