On Track Innovations partners with Western Cape Government to digitize public transport

November 8, 2018

On Track Innovations Ltd., provider of near field communication (NFC) and cashless payment solutions, has partnered with Almex Transport Solutions ticketing machines for the George Municipality Western Cape Government to implement the Go GEORGE Smart Cards, a 'smart card' solution for South Africa's public transportation system which will replace the paper ticketing system currently used on buses in the region.

The project, called The George Integrated Public Transport Network (GIPTN), is aimed at launching a new and improved public transport system for South Africa.

OTI's wholly owned subsidiary, OTI Africa, will supply ultra-intelligent OTI TRIO cashless readers that will register the fare upon boarding the bus via contactless NFC technology, which inevitably will save much-needed time for public transport scheduling, as well as eliminating the need for correct cash change and cleaning up the paper tickets waste problem.

'This new partnership to assist in the implementation of a 'smart card' program in South Africa is meaningful, as it marks our second entrance into the payment market in South Africa,' said Shlomi Cohen, CEO OTIGlobal. 'We are confident that our TRIO cashless readers will help ensure a smooth transition and greatly benefit those using public transportation in the region.'

GO GEORGE Smart Cards will be issued and facilitated by the Standard Bank, whereby cardholders can load trips in different packages and fare categories onto the card at Smart Card kiosks, registered by GO GEORGE Smart Card top-up vendors and participating Standard Bank vendors such as supermarkets, self-service kiosks, petrol stations, and restaurants.

'GO GEORGE is proud to announce the implementation of the long-awaited GO GEORGE Smart Card, resembling a flexible bank card and replacing the awkward paper ticket system,' said James Robb, GO GEORGE Manager. 'The service will be available on starting November 15th, and OTI is providing a critical component to ensure a successful launch.'