Namma Metro is all set to release QR code-based tickets methods for metro users in the city. From now, passengers will not have to carry smartcards or wait in never-ending queues to buy travel tokens. The Banglore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) is working on a plan to introduce QR Code tickets through a mobile app.
QR Code tickets for Namma Metro
According to the plan the app will display the QR Code which would be tapped at the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates at Metro station. Regarding the installation of the AFC system, a company named AGS Transact Technologies Limited (AGSTTL), which provides digital payment solutions, has won a contract to install these systems end to end across Namma Metro’s 61 new stations PhaseII. This company will be working as a technological partner with MSI Global which is a fully owned subsidiary of Land Transport Authority of Singapore.
“QR code tickets will be introduced for smartphone users only and plans are also underway to introduce national common mobility card,” read a statement.
Ravi B Goyal, Chairman and Managing Director of AGSTTL sai, “We’ll be able to help in the transition from token and paper tickets to QR code-based tickets. By offering an integrated structure of the collection, compilation, and computing for the AFC system, we want to ensure that the commuter has an efficient and hassle-free experience.”
Installed within 3 years
The AFC systems will use a combination of open-loop smartcards, radio frequency identification devices and QR codes to collect fares from the users, minimizing the need for cash transactions. This system will be installed in all stations including Phase II within 3 years. Phase II line is a track-way of 72 km consisting lines like Yelachenahalli-Anjanapura, Mysuru Road-Kengeri, RV Road-Electronics city, Byappanhalli-White Field and Nagasandra -BIEC.
“We are committed to providing convenient and modern smart ticketing to Metro commuters. The AFC system being procured through AGSTTL for 61 stations of phase II of the project will enable BMRCL to implement NCMC. It will also facilitate QR code and NFC based mobile ticketing option,” a BMRCL official told.