Flowbird has announced that it will be supplying new ticket vending machines (TVMs) to public transport operator RATP in the run-up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024. As the city prepares for the world’s largest sporting event, expected to attract millions of visitors, the ticketing infrastructure is being upgraded.
The new ticketing stations will have LED colour touch screens, and faster processing. The machines will be hoped to make it easier for customers to select and pay for tickets.
The TVMs selected by RATP accept payments with coins, banknotes and Visa, Mastercard and Carte Bancaires credit and debit cards (PIN and contactless EMV), stated the release.
They can be used for issuing and reloading Navigo contactless smart cards and distributing magnetic tickets. They have enhanced audio for improved accessibility, a receipt printer, and customised casing.
The new machines hope to support RATP in its mission to meet the strong demand on the network during the Games.
To meet the deadline for delivery and installation, Flowbird will manufacture at least 20 TVMs each month from its factory in Besançon in the North-East of France.
Jean-Charles Caulier, Managing Director of Flowbird Transport, says, “We have a strict deadline, and we’re confident of winning the race! It’s an honour to partner with RATP to deliver this strategic upgrade of their technology in time for this landmark event. We look forward to helping them create the best experience of the transport network.”
The partnership between RATP has been around for the last 25 years. TVMs have been upgraded to embrace new technology and evolving ticketing and payment trends.
Jean-Charles Caulier says, “We are pleased to remain a trusted partner of RATP after many years of working together. We look forward to helping them to support residents and visitors to enjoy this amazing event and get around the busy city with ease.”