Parkeon and ERG Announce Completion of the Bordeaux Automated Fare Collection System

Paris - ERG Transit Systems (Fra) SA, a member of the ERG Group and leader in smart card-based fare collection and management systems, together with Parkeon (formerly known as the parking and ticketing division of Schlumberger) today announced the completion of the automated fare collection system in the city of Bordeaux, France.
The new system allows passengers to use a single contactless smart card, or ‘Pass’, to travel across the Bordeaux bus and the newly constructed tramway network.

Initially 150,000 ‘Pass’ smart cards enable customers to travel throughout the city’s entire transport network. From 2005, the ‘Pass’ will also give customers access to regional trains and the regional bus network of Cars de la Gironde travelling through the city. The city’s combined urban bus and tramway network is handling 61 million passenger trips per year and this number will increase when the new tramway lines will be opened.

The first phase of the project, covering the bus network, was completed in Spring 2003. The second phase of the project, involving the official opening of Line A of the new tramway, was finalised in December 2003. In July 2004 the new B and C tramway lines will open marking the final completion of the project.

Yves Chambeau, CEO of Parkeon, said: “The scale and complexity of these projects demonstrate our capability to satisfy the needs of our customers with innovative technological solutions that suit diverse needs of all the parties concerned by this project.” He adds: “Our experience in urban ticketing and with SNCF regional rail projects means the ERG-Parkeon partnership is uniquely positioned in the field of interoperability.”

Norbert Schüwer, General Manager of ERG France said: “The Bordeaux project which follows ticketing projects in Caen, Grenoble and the Bouches du Rhône, puts the ERG-Parkeon partnership at the forefront of multi-modal smart card-based ticketing system technology in France. Our partnership enables us to support the development of French public transport most efficiently, whether urban or regional, as we have been doing throughout Europe.”

Background to Parkeon

parkeon.gifParkeon was formerly Schlumberger e-City, the Parking and Ticketing Systems division of Schlumberger. The company was at the forefront of the development of Pay & Display terminals in France in the 1970s and has 30 years of proven innovation and proven expertise in the parking business.
Today Parkeon is a leader in parking systems and equipment, offering both on-street and off-street parking solutions. The company employs over 800 people worldwide and generated revenues of €122 million in 2003.
With an installed base in excess of 120,000 machines, its parking terminals are a familiar sight in over 3,000 cities across 40 countries and its Pay & Display systems control over 3 million parking spaces around the world. Over the last 15 years, Parkeon has developed an installed base of 3,000 ticket vending machines for heavy and light rail, underground and multimodal transport operators in Europe, notably Belgium, Denmark, France, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
Thanks to world-class engineers and substantial investments over the last three years, Parkeon has built undeniable technological leadership in its field. Parkeon provides complete parking revenue collection solutions, equipment and services to municipalities and car park operators.

Background to ERG Group

erg_group.gifThe ERG Group is a world leader in the development and supply of integrated fare management and software systems for the transit industry, and for its smart card systems and services. The Group has installed systems in major cities throughout the world including Hong Kong, Melbourne, Rome, San Francisco and Singapore with installations in progress in Bouches du Rhône, Gothenburg, Seattle, Stockholm, Sydney and Washington DC. ERG has delivered systems that support more than 20 million smart cards in circulation and handle approximately 5 billion transactions per annum. ERG is an Australian-based company, listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and employs 800 people in 11 countries.

Press Agency Parkeon
Thierry Derrien / Amjed Achour
Fleishman-Hillard
Tel: +33 1 53 05 50 61 / 50 65
Achoura@fleishman.com

ERG French Press Contact
Norbert Schüwer
General Manager ERG France
Tel: +61 8 9273 1210
Tel: +33 3 81 40 11 40
nschuwer@erggroup.com
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