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EANS-News: Hoeft & Wessel successful with e-Ticketing systems in South Africa

- 700 integrated Almex on-board computers and ticket printers for bus - Integrated e-Ticketing based on latest EMV contactless technology

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Subtitle: - 700 integrated Almex on-board computers and ticket printers for bus - Integrated e-Ticketing based on latest EMV contactless technology

Hanover/Germany, 09/11/2010. (euro adhoc) - The Almex division of the Hoeft & Wessel Group will deliver 600 integrated on-board computers and ticket printers to Durban Transport in South Africa based on the eThekwini Municipality tender for new electronic ticketing equipment. The almex.optima devices will replace current equipment from Almex which has reliably served Durban Transport for almost 15 years.

Hoeft & Wessel has received several orders for almex.optima from public transport operators in South Africa in 2010. New client orders were placed by the bus operators Maluti Bus Services and Mkuze Bus for rollouts in 2010 and 2011, increasing the total order volume to over 700 units. Earlier in 2010, Durban´s transport operating company People Mover for Durban´s golden mile transportation went successfully live with their new Almex ticketing system in time for the FIFA world cup. The local project implementation, installation and maintenance for the ticketing systems will be provided by Almex´ long term partner SA Cash Register.

The rugged, hard-wearing design of the devices, the fast computing and printing speed as well as the excellent maintenance services provided in South Africa have contributed to the decision of the bus operating companies to select Almex solutions again.

Key to the recent success however is the innovative system solution that allows starting the integration of e-ticketing with the South African EMV contactless bank issued fare media initiative for debit card transactions. This initiative is driven by the National Department of Transport (NDoT) in conjunction with the member banks of the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA), in the case of Durban The Standard Bank (SBSA). The electronic fare collection data structure  (EFC) utilises specific tags on the EMV chip for recording and retrieving public transport related data.

The EMV contactless solution for Durban Transport will be the first implementation in South Africa that will be based on standards conforming to the Card Association specifications (for example MasterCard PayPassTM, Visa payWaveTM). Durban will be using the MasterCard PayPassTM standards.

The primary mode of fare payment and access to public transport services will be through contactless EMV dual interface smart cards hosting the NDoT AFC Data structure. In addition, commuters will be enabled to pay for single fares in cash on board the bus.

The NDoT gazetted draft regulations are envisaged to regulate the use of electronic fare collection systems in public transport, nationwide and in a multi-modal environment by future integration of Bus, BusRapid Transit, Rail, and Minibus-Taxi services.

SA Cash Register has been involved with Almex ticketing systems for almost 15 years and have sold more than 2.000 devices in the South African market. All of these products are due for upgrade to the new almex.optima devices during 2011 and 2012. Almex are confident, that the large interest in the new e-ticketing solutions will result in additional growth in South Africa.

The Almex business division of the Hoeft & Wessel Group is one of the leading providers of ticketing systems for public transport in Europe and throughout the world as well as of mobile communication solutions for railways.

www.almextransport.com www.almex.de

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

About the company: The Hoeft & Wessel Group is the leading German IT and engineering technology group for ticketing, parking and mobile solutions. Founded in 1978 by the two entrepreneurs of the same name, the company listed on the stock exchange since 1998 (ISIN DE0006011000) has developed into a corporate group with sales revenues of just under EUR 100 million and a workforce of 500 employees. Its headquarters are Hanover, Germany, and Swindon, UK, to the west of London. In the field of Research and Development, which is of key importance for the Group´s technological orientation and employs more than one third of the workforce, the annual investment volume is at roughly 10 per cent measured in terms of sales revenues. In line with its internationalisation strategy, the group of companies operating in the business-to-business segment already generates more than 50 per cent of its sales revenues abroad.

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