Contactless microprocessor provider On Track Innovations, Fort Lee, N.J., announced it will supply its contactless readers to the ERG Group, a provider of automated fare collection solutions, for Utah Transit Authority’s contactless credit card bus payment system. The contract for the full rollout of the system in the Salt Lake City area follows the recent pilot project completed by ERG and UTA.
For the pilot, buses serving Salt Lake City area ski resorts were equipped with the new system which allowed customers to use contactless credit cards and other smart cards for both transit payment and ski resort access. UTA’s system will similarly enable passengers the choice of contactless credit cards and other smart cards for mass transit payment and ski resort access.
UTA will enable a variety of cards to be used for fare payment including UTA-issued, employer-provided transit smart cards, local university passes, ski resort passes and contactless credit cards. At full system roll-out, the system will feature onboard, rapid authorization of contactless credit cards to minimize any risk of credit card fraud.
OTI is supplying the front-end solutions, including readers and its proprietary software, to support ISO 14443 proximity payments and ISO 15396 vicinity payments. The ability to support both payment and vicinity cards gives UTA the flexibility to implement various types of contactless cards according to their specific use, and establishes a flexible and modular contactless payment platform.