Indra, a Spain-based IT company, will implement a validation and access management system for the first line of the Mumbai Metro, which is expected to become operatiional in 2011. This project amounts to E4.2 million and was awarded by the special purpose vehicle Mumbai Metro One.
According to Indra, 12 stations of the line that cover the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor, running mostly on the surface, will be equipped with a system based on contactless technology. Access can be gained by approaching the ticket to the validation machine. The tickets will integrate a radio frequency chip that will work within centimeters.
Under the project, Indra will customize the system according to the habitual payment method in Asia which is the combination of contactless card with tokens or single-use radio frequency chips. The tickets can be recovered once the passenger exits the subway so that they can be used again in order to reduce ticket issuing costs.
Besides the access control systems, validation and ticket issuance, the company will reconfigure the control center’s systems where collection and the amount of cash inside the machines will be controlled or in case of equipment-related incidents.
This ticketing system is expected to provide information and statistics about metro usage in order to optimize resources and improve service.