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EANS-News: Hoeft & Wessel successful with ticketing systems in Spain

Zaragoza and Murcia opt for e-ticketing system from Hoeft & Wessel and Ikusi

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Government Contracts/Southern Europe

Subtitle: Zaragoza and Murcia opt for e-ticketing system from Hoeft & Wessel and Ikusi

Hanover/Germany, 01/09/2010. (euro adhoc) - Zaragoza, the fifth largest city in Spain, and Murcia, seventh largest city, have opted for an e-ticketing system from Hoeft & Wessel and Ikusi. The delivery of 50 stationary ticketing vending machines, 22 onboard TVMs and comprehensive back office systems to the local public transport operator TRAZA (Tranvias de Zaragoza) will start at the end of this year. The devices are intended for the new tram line "Línea 1". The tramway operator TRANVIMUR in Murcia will receive 51 stationary TVMs for the extension of the tram line 1 by the end of this year.

Hoeft & Wessel is a German-based IT and engineering Group. With its Almex brand, it is one of Europe´s largest supplier of ticketing systems. For Spain, Almex has formed a strategic alliance with the Spanish company Ikusi, one of the leading companies in the design, introduction and management of electronic systems e.g. for railways and public transport.

The new TVMs are designed to enable access for all passengers, especially those with restricted mobility. Features for handicapped are a special socket for wheelchair users, Braille, interphone systems, and LED flags. Fully supporting e-ticketing capabilities, the stationary TVMs will be able to dispense electronic tickets in conformity with ISO/IEC 14443 Type A and B (Mifare) as well as RFID ultra-light paper tickets.

In recent years, Spain and Portugal have become increasingly important markets for Hoeft & Wessel. Its Almex ticketing systems are now well known in the public transport sector. More than 2,000 buses in Spain and Portugal use the latest generation of Almex ticketing equipment. Onboard units for buses are in use in the Spanish cities of Valencia, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Reus and Tarragona. The stations on the tram system in Vitoria are equipped with almex.station ticket vending machines, which were also delivered in cooperation with Ikusi.

In Northern Portugal, the long-distance coaches of Rodonorte running into Porto and Lisbon are equipped with almex.optima ticket machines for ticket sales and seat reservations. The urban bus operator TUB in the city of Braga has equipped its 120 buses with almex.optima ticket machines. Both operators also accept the Andante contactless Calypso cards from the city of Porto.

The reason for this success is a network of local partners who cooperate and combine their skills based on Almex proven and rugged ticketing solutions.

"The development of ticketing systems in response to local needs, combined with on-the-spot hardware maintenance and software support, has been the key to the success achieved," commented Almex Export Sales Manager David Hodgkinson.

Hoeft & Wessel will continue to expand its business activities in Southern Europe.

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Press kit with photos: http://www.presseportal.de/pm/12945/hoeft_wessel_ag/

-------------------------------- About Ikusi-Ángel Iglesias S.A.: Ikusi is one of the leading companies in the design, introduction and management of electronic systems in several fields: security systems for infrastructure, fixed and on-board systems for railways and public transport, traffic control, operations management at airports, voice and data integration, tele-control and solutions for receiving and reissuing TV and radio signals.

Ikusi is currently present throughout Spain and also in the international market, where it has affiliates in Germany, Australia, Chile, Colombia, the United Arab Emirates, France, Mexico, Portugal and Russia. A team made up of 1,000 highly qualified professionals and the company´s emphasis on life-long training enables it to meet the demand of clients in 80 countries. Ikusi´s presence abroad is especially important in South America, where it concentrates 30 per cent of its workforce. Ikusi´s incorporation in the Renowned Spanish Brand Forum is a great acknowledgement of the firm's leading position as a highly international brand.

Ikusi devotes 4 per cent of its turnover to research, development and innovation. These efforts in research and innovation were recognised in 2005 when it won the prestigious Principe Felipe Award for Excellence in Technological Innovation.

----------------------------- About Almex / Hoeft & Wessel: The Hoeft & Wessel Group is the leading German IT and engineering Group for ticketing, parking and mobile solutions. Established in 1978 by the entrepreneurs of the same name, the Group today generates sales revenues of nearly EUR 100 million with a workforce of 500 employees. It has been listed on the stock market since 1998. Headquarters are in Hanover, Germany, and Swindon, UK, west of London. In Germany, the Hoeft & Wessel Group is perceived as a German company and in the UK as a British company.

The annual investment volume in the Research & Development division, which sets the pace in the Group´s technological orientation and employs more than a third of the total workforce, amounts to approximately 10 per cent in terms of turnover.

In Europe, the Almex division is among the leading providers of ticketing and telematics systems for public transport and check-in solutions for the airline industry.

The British subsidiary Metric Parking is one of the largest global providers of car park ticket vending machines, parking space management systems as well as comprehensive services.

As one of Europe´s largest manufacturers, the Skeye division provides mobile terminals for retail and logistics as well as point-of-sale solutions. Skeye is the market leader in Germany´s retail sector.

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