Edinburgh trams bring in QR code ticketing system

by Michael Moore| 01 July 2014

Tickets can be downloaded directly to your mobile device.

Passengers on Edinburgh's new tram service will now be able to purchase and validate tickets entirely through their smartphone thanks to a specialised mobile app.

Travellers on Edinburgh Trams service can now purchase and download Flash Pass mobile tickets to their mobile device using an app developed by Watford-based Corethree.

Payment can be made using a debit/credit card or the Barclays Pingit mobile payment service, removing the need for finding the right change or queuing for tickets.

Before boarding a tram, users then activate their mobile ticket by scanning a QR code placed at each tram stop. An animated digital watermark is then displayed on their mobile ticket to prove that it has been validated.

Upon boarding the tram, the tickets will be checked by the driver or Ticket Services Assistant (TSA) upon boarding, who will use a special scanner to check that the ticket is genuine.

The QR codes also provide information on upcoming services, displaying expected arrival times for services on a particular line. The app (pictured below) is free and is available to download now for iOS and Android users.

"Working in partnership with Corethree, we've recently updated our m-ticketing app with new features and a fresh look under the Transport for Edinburgh brand," said Stevie Chambers of Transport for Edinburgh.

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