ArRiyadh Development Authority (ADA) has selected technology firm Indra to provide ticketing and access control technology for the new public transportation system, which is currently under construction in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Valued at $308 million, the contract will see the implementation of contactless ticketing systems, and access control and cell phone payment solutions in the new public transportation system.
The pricing management system will include a ticketing control centre with information from the various systems, financial management software, the operator clearing house and other value-added systems for commercial management, Indra stated.
The project is expected to be completed within 54 months and it also includes maintenance and technological support for ten years.
Indra has been selected for this project after a public tender that included ten multinational companies.
The contactless technology will enable users to access the entire public transportation system using only one card. Passengers will be able to validate the card quickly and easily by placing it near the reader.
It also includes one-way tickets with a barcode and a cell phone payment application that uses near field communication (NFC).
In Saudi Arabia, Indra is also responsible for the delivery of signalling technology, including the management, telecom, security, ticketing and ICT systems, for the Mecca-Medina high-speed line.
In October last year, Indra and Alstom received a $41 million contract from Adif to provide safety and security systems for 12 tunnels of the new Madrid-Asturias high-speed rail line.