Fujitsu and Ingenico team on contactless rail ticketing in the UK

Source: Ingenico

Ingenico, leading worldwide provider of payment solutions, is collaborating with Fujitsu to upgrade its UK rail ticketing systems to meet the highest information security standards and improve its contactless capabilities.

As part of the deal, Ingenico is supplying Fujitsu with around 1,400 iPP320 contactless PINPads and its proprietary centralised payment process solution, Axis, which will provide full PCI DSS compliance for all of its manned kiosk and telesales ticketing solutions.

The Fujitsu STAR ticketing system is a package of services forming a comprehensive ticket retailing solution designed for UK train operators and installed in over 600 stations in the UK. To date, nine of the train operators use STAR as their preferred ticket retailing solution.

Ingenico's Axis platform manages payment transactions from the point of sale to the transaction acquirer. It complies with security requirements and even goes beyond the scope of the regulations by providing its customers with modules intended to protect them against internal fraud, the theft of sensitive data and system breakdowns.

Jose Luis Arias, Managing Director, Ingenico Northern Europe and Iberia, commented: "Through its STAR ticketing system, Fujitsu has taken the lead in providing the transport industry with a cutting-edge payment solution which has improved the passenger travel experience and provided bottom line benefits for its customers. We're delighted to be working with such a leader in its field, and looking forward to helping them to further improve their services, by providing full PCI compliance through our Axis platform and contactless capabilities through our PINPads. The transport industry has been looking for PCI approved payment solutions for a long time and we're confident that our collaboration with Fujitsu can show the way."

Paul Patterson, Executive Director at Fujitsu, said: "Enabling rail companies to keep up with the latest technology is key to enhancing the customer experience. Contactless payment technology will allow these companies to increase the quality and speed of service and ensure customers' data, while our collaboration with Ingenico will ensure that their data is protected to d to the highest standard."

Whilst compliance with PCI DSS is slowly improving across the UK, full compliance levels are still low. According to a recent report by Verizon, only 31% of European businesses were found to be meeting 80% or more of the PCI requirement on an ongoing basis, compared with 75% in Asia-Pacific and 56% in the US.

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