Höft & Wessel AG

EANS-Adhoc: FirstGroup plc once again opts for new ticket machines from Hoeft & Wessel AG

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Contracts

03.09.2011

- 4,000 ITSO-compliant electronic ticket machines ETMs
- Development of EMV contactless payment

Hannover/Germany, 03/09/2011. FirstGroup plc, headquartered in Aberdeen, and
Hoeft & Wessel AG, Hannover/Germany, have signed a framework agreement for the
supply of electronic ticket machines (ETMs). This is part of First´s new E-
Ticketing system for its English bus fleet. The initial order volume covers a
solution with 4,000 ETMs tightly integrated into Firsts IT-system. Further
orders with a volume of 1,500 machines and more are planned. The supply
contract also includes the development of the contactless credit card option
EMVco (Europay, Mastercard, Visa contactless) for the ETMs. EMVco has become an
international standard and supports fast contactless payment and ticketing.

The delivery of the large-scale order is scheduled to begin immediately. The
UK´s largest bus operator with 5,000 buses outside of London has already
ordered ETMs from the Almex division of Hoeft & Wessel for its regional
operation utilities in Wales and Scotland. This contract supports the long-
lasting co-operation between both companies.

The order comprises on-board computers with ticket printers of the new
almex.optima bl series, mobile terminals of the product line almex.mobile,
validators of the product group named almex.smartfare, and the almex.office
back-office system. All functionalities are based on the English National
Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) with the E-Ticketing standard ITSO.

The Hoeft & Wessel Group is the leading IT and engineering technology Group for
ticketing, parking and mobile solutions in Germany and Great Britain.
With its Almex ticketing solutions Hoeft & Wessel is a leading supplier of
E-Ticketing systems based on open standards like ITSO, VDV-KA or Calypso in
Europe. Its main locations are Hannover, Germany, and Swindon, UK, to the west
of London.


Further inquiry note:
Hoeft & Wessel AG
Investor Relations and Public Relations
Dr. Arnd Fritzemeier
Rotenburger Str. 20,
30659 Hannover, Germany
Phone +49 511 6102-300
Mail IR@hoeft-wessel.com

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issuer:      Höft & Wessel AG
             Rotenburger Str.  20
             D-30659 Hannover
phone:       +49-511-6102-0
FAX:         +49-511-6102-411
mail:     ir@hoeft-wessel.com
WWW:      http://www.hoeft-wessel.com
sector:      Technology
ISIN:        DE0006011000
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stockmarkets: regulated dealing/prime standard: Frankfurt, free trade: Berlin,
             Hamburg, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Hannover, München 
language:   English
 



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