SAN DIEGO & HANAU, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 9, 2003–Thanksto multi-application smart card technology developed by Cubic
Transportation Systems Inc., a subsidiary of San Diego-based Cubic
Corp. (AMEX: CUB), residents in Hanau, Germany can now pay for
municipal services, admission to cultural venues and other
applications with the same dual-interface smart card they use to pay
for local public transport.
Cubic just completed integration of a municipal facility, Hanau’s
largest public swimming pool, into the advanced electronic ticketing
system for public buses, which the company delivered last year.
“Hanau’s use of Cubic’s open system smart card technology for
non-transit applications represents an emerging trend, which we first
developed for our transit customer in Washington, D.C.,” said Richard
Johnson, president and CEO of Cubic Transportation Systems.
commuters use their SmarTrip(R) cards to pay for parking. Transit and
government employees also use their SmarTrip cards for secure access
to their place of work.”
He added, “Cubic is actively pursuing opportunities that leverage
our leadership in transit into extended markets and applications, and
that help our customers maximize their return on investment in transit
infrastructure to offer additional value to their patrons.”
Visitors to the Hanau public pool who possess transport smart
cards, known in the city as “Get In” cards, are able to bypass
cash-paying customers and speed through entries by presenting the
cards to a reader on a Cubic gate.
The company is using its new Universal Gate, a customer-friendly,
modularly constructed access and fare management system as the
access/payment medium. The gating system, which is based on Cubic’s
proven technology, is interoperable with the bus integrated ticketing
system, as well as other local attractions including theaters and
The gate’s processing intelligence stores valuable information
about the usage of the pool, including the number of patrons and peak
and off-peak admission periods, which management can then retrieve and
use to introduce discount or other loyalty programs.
Cubic Transportation Systems Ltd., the company’s European
transportation headquarters, teamed with T-Systems, a subsidiary of
Deutsch Telekom, on the system for Hanau, which is located 20 km east
The system is the prototype for a comprehensive electronic
ticketing system for the entire Rhein Main Verkehrsverbund (RMV). It
is being operated and tested by the Hanau Strassenbahn (HSB) for the
RMV. The RMV is the transport agency for the Metro region around
Frankfurt and is one of the largest in Europe.
The dual interface feature of the RMV/HSB’s “Get In,” smart card
provides a flexible and secure solution for combining public transport
functions that use the “contactless” interface with third-party
applications that may use the “contact” interface, such as the German
Cubic Transportation Systems is the world’s leading system
provider for regional multi-operator intermodal ticketing systems.
Every year, nearly 10 billion rides are taken worldwide using Cubic
fare collection systems in more than 40 major markets on five
continents, including London; New York; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore;
Sydney, Australia; Sweden, Norway and Denmark; Rotterdam, Netherlands;
Chicago; Atlanta; San Francisco; Los Angeles; Miami; Hong Kong;
Guangzhou, China; Shanghai, China and Singapore.
The corporation’s other major segment, Cubic Defense Applications,
provides instrumented air and ground combat training systems, battle
command training, simulations and simulation support for U.S. and
allied military forces. The group also produces high technology
avionics, data links and communications products for government and
commercial customers, and a wide range of technical and logistics
services. For more information about Cubic, see the company’s Web site
CONTACT: Cubic Corp., San Diego
Jae Lande, 858-505-2642