The UK's largest bus operator, FirstGroup, is to spend £27 million fitting contactless card readers to its fleet of vehicles nationwide, enabling consumers to tap in and pay for fares with their bank cards.
Is there any news about the contactless terminals that are going to be used?
Do we know if transactions will be made in an 'online' or 'offline' environment? What will the implications be for those carrying contactless prepaid cards?
Swindon-based Almex, part of Hoeft & Wessel Group, has won the £18 million contract to supply the ticket machines using its Optima BL machines.
The article seems to mainly mention an ITSO deployment yet also says that the project will enable consumers to pay their fare with their bank card. Do we know if FirstGroup are rolling out an ITSO and contactless EMV based payment scheme?
Yes, the Optima machines are tuned to handle both EMV cards and ITSO passes.
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