“Heathrow Express launches mobile ticketing with the first implementation of Atos Origin’s AVANTIXMetro solution”
London, 10 July 2008
Making it easier and more convenient to buy train tickets
Atos Origin, an international IT services company today announced that it has successfully completed roll-out of a new, innovative mobile ticketing service for Heathrow Express train network between London Heathrow's airport terminals and Paddington Station in Central London. Passengers on the Heathrow Express can now have their tickets sent directly to a mobile phone or PDA, so they do not have to queue to collect tickets at the station before they travel.
This is the first implementation of AVANTIXMetro, an e- and mobile ticketing solution designed and built by Atos Origin. It allows individual and corporate customers to book online through the Heathrow Express website. When making a booking, customers can opt to receive either a bar-coded e-ticket that is registered to their mobile phone, or a self print version of the ticket. Both types of ticket are then scanned and validated on-board the Heathrow Express train. Paper tickets can still be purchased on the train direct from the train manager.
George Fripp, Heathrow Express international corporate account manager comments that, “Most of our customers are incredibly busy professionals that use our service because it's the most convenient way to get to and from Heathrow Airport in just 15 minutes. E-ticketing builds on that by taking the hassle out of booking journeys and making their travel even more seamless. All you need to do is book, board the train and go. It's as simple as that.”
The terminal used by train staff is built on the Casio IT-3000. It is a rugged, versatile industrial data terminal with an integrated thermal printer. Its versatile communications options include standard Bluetooth and IrDA, and a PCMCIA slot allowing GPRS and WLAN communications. With the built-in printer and colour touch screen making it ideal for mobile sales, ticketing, parking enforcement and service management.
“Mobile ticketing is fast becoming the simplest and most cost effective way to sell train tickets,” said Tony Lacy, head of bus and rail at Atos Origin. “At Atos Origin we continue to invest in rail retail innovation and believe that the new AVANTIXMetro solution will help Heathrow Express to further improve the travelling experience of its passengers.”
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are EUR 5,8 billion and it employs over 50,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
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