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LG CNS’s Smart Travel Card Meets the Globe

In July of 2010, LG CNS introduced the concept ‘smart technology 1.0’ and suggested a future of IT environments where digital devices and mobile devices will converge. They promoted various growing businesses based on their own solutions and have been accelerating a worldwide market expansion. Smart travel, smart green, and finance automation are considered to be the central services that will improve LG CNS solutions’ completion and enhance their global business.

Smart travel solution is one of the fields that stand out in particular. Starting from Seoul in 2004, LG CNS has won contracts for the travel card system in Wellington and Oakland in New Zealand (2008), Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia (2010), and Bogota in Colombia (2011) and has operated this system since 2012. That they also won a contract for their ‘e-ticketing project’ in Greece for the first time in Europe shows their increasing influence in the smart travel sector.

Interior Of Bus With Passengers

Today, I’d like to talk to you about what kinds of changes are being made by LG CNS’s travel card system worldwide.

Snapper Card and Hop Card in New Zealand

Unlike six years ago when Wellingtonians used paper commuter tickets for buses, they no longer need to since LG CNS, KSCC, and Snapper in New Zealand came up with smart cards. With these travel cards, called Snapper Cards, which can be charged at over 200 retail stores, people can not only pay for buses, but also buy goods. Their popularity is spreading fast as well with Snapper cards being applied to student I.D. cards for middle and high school students throughout New Zealand, and about 700 taxi and railway systems.

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Paying for food with a Snapper Card in Wellington (Source: KSCC)

Many travel cards around the globe have special names with special meanings. Oakland, New Zealand named their travel card ‘Hop Card’ meaning hope. Hop Card is a pre-paid card which provides a 30% discount for students and 10% for adults as well as free rides for city link buses. Last year they also launched a ten dollar AT Hop Card which can be used for buses, trains, and ferries.

The discount is not the only thing that’s great about the smart travel card system. As the travel card usage data is utilized, the efficiency level of the bus route operation increases while getting rid of other problems like cash storing, drivers’ misappropriation of cash, and miscalculations. Because this card can be utilized both as a travel card and a payment measure for other goods, it’s changing many people’s daily lives.

Smart Travel Card in Bogota, Colombia

In August of 2012 the new toll collection system began. What did it look like before such a change? It was common to see people waving at the bus because they didn’t have official bus stops in Bogota.

This story, however, has become a thing of the past since the beginning of LG CNS’s BMS (Bus Management System). Actual bus stops were installed and passengers could also see where their buses were at each stop. Bogota is planning to equip 10,000 zonal buses and 1,400 BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) buses, along with constructing a smart card based toll collection and transfer system for all public transportation including train stations. The size of this project is up to 300 million dollars in just the IT service sector.

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Bogotans using the LG CNS travel card system (Source: Financial News)

Then how are Bogotans specifically utilizing LG CNS’s technology? Public transportation in Bogota can be roughly divided into BRT (run by Transmilenio), Zonal bus (also called Colectivo bus), and Taxies.

BRT is a type of bus lane where passengers can board from a kind of small station in the center of the road. People go through an automatic gate at the entrance of the station using LG CNS’s technology and pay there to get on one of the BRT buses. Zonal bus, which is a type of city bus, has the usual travel card readers. These travel cards, which can be used for BRT buses and zonal buses, cost about 2 dollars and can be bought or recharged at stands located around BRT stations and zonal bus stops.

Meet LG CNS Smart Travel in Greece

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The current paper pass and ticketing system in Athens

Meeting LG CNS travel card system in different parts of the globe is always exciting. In March of this year, another country was added to that list. LG CNS won a contract for an Athens e-ticketing project for 205.4 million dollars by building a consortium with Terna Energy. As the European travel-IT market is known for their high standards in technology, winning this contract means a lot to LG CNS.

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Meeting LG CNS travel card system in different parts of the globe is always exciting. In March of this year, another country was added to that list. LG CNS won a contract for an Athens e-ticketing project for 205.4 million dollars by building a consortium with Terna Energy. As the European travel-IT market is known for their high standards in technology, winning this contract means a lot to LG CNS.

LG CNS will install automated toll collecting systems for all public transportation in Athens in a couple of years and then operate them for the next decade. As a result, all public transportation including buses, trolley buses, subways, national railroads, and trams will have card readers, automated ticketing systems, and central systems for calculations equipped. Once this system is constructed Athenians will be able to use their transportation system more conveniently because they can not only use smart cards instead of cash or paper tickets, but also get transfer discounts.

As we’ve seen, LG CNS’s smart travel solution is bringing such a revolution to transportation systems around the world and their work is not over yet. They are planning to bid on some super-sized projects including a smart public transportation toll collecting system in London (the selection will be made at the end of the year), Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, and Budapest in Hungary. These projects are expected to be the bridge for Korea’s transportation system to spread worldwide. I look forward to seeing great success for LG CNS’s smart travel solution.

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