OTI to Supply ERG with Contactless Card Readers for Utah’s Transit Payment Solution
Solution Will Allow Contactless Payment for Mass Transit & Ski Resort Access
Fort Lee, NJ, August 5, 2008–On Track Innovations Ltd. (OTI) (NASDAQ-GM: OTIV), a global leader in contactless microprocessor-based smart card solutions, for payments, petroleum payments, homeland security, and other applications, announced today that it will supply its contactless readers to the ERG Group, a world leader in smart card automated fare collection solutions, for Utah Transit Authority’s (UTA) contactless credit card bus payment solution. This ERG-UTA roll-out is another U.S. project based on OTI’s reader solutions, including projects in Boston and Houston.
The contract for the full rollout of the system in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area follows the recently reported successful 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 allow passengers the choice of contactless credit cards and other smart cards for mass transit payment and ski resort access.
UTA will allow 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 a unique to ERG 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.
ERG Group, a world leader in the development and supply of integrated fare management and software systems for the transit industry, is designing, building, operating and maintaining the system.
Oded Bashan, Chairman and CEO of OTI commented: “The global mass transit markets present a great opportunity for OTI’s advanced contactless payment solutions. The OTI contactless card readers provide a flexible and modular infrastructure, which is required to support a variety of cards, programs and technologies such as in this transit program. In addition, the reader’s speed and fast throughput provides multiple operators with a valuable solution.
About ERG Group
The ERG Group is a world leader in the development and supply of integrated fare management and software systems for the transit industry. The Group has installed systems operating in major cities throughout the world including Gothenburg, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Rome, San Francisco and Singapore that support more than 22 million smart cards in circulation and process approximately 5 billion transactions per annum. Additional installations are in progress in London, Seattle, Stockholm and Washington DC. ERG is an Australian-based company, listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and employs approximately 900 people in 10 countries, including over 500 people in Australia. ERG generates significant export revenue and international acclaim for Australian technology. Large transit agencies and the travelling public in major cities throughout the world depend on ERG for the maintenance and support of their current systems and completion of their new integrated ticketing systems.
Additional information is available at http://www.erggroup.com.
Established in 1990, OTI (NASDAQ- GM: OTIV) designs, develops and markets secure contactless microprocessor-based smart card technology to address the needs of a wide variety of markets. Applications developed by OTI include product solutions for petroleum payment systems, homeland security solutions, electronic passports and IDs, payments, mass transit ticketing, parking, loyalty programs and secure campuses. OTI has a global network of regional offices to market and support its products. The company was awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2005 and 2006 Company of the Year Award in the field of smart cards.
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Established in 1970, UTA has become a multi-modal transportation leader that is 100 percent accessible with 69 light rail vehicles, 30 commuter rail cars and more than 600 buses. UTA’s TRAX light rail system is currently averaging between 40,000 and 50,000 riders a day along its 15-mile Salt Lake-Sandy line and the 4-mile University Line. UTA is an ISO 14001:2004 9001:2000 certified agency. During the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, UTA’s transit system was declared a great success on the international scene – carrying more than four million Olympic riders.
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