By: Amie Hickland

A new app has been developed to help NSW operators with their ticketing requirements

Ryans Bus Service Operations Manager Nigel Tooth with the app

A new app has been developed to provide allow devices to be used as ticketing machines in a move to make catching a bus in New South Wales easier to operators and passengers.

Ryans Bus Service Operations Manager Nigel Tooth has developed the transportme app which is designed to help NSW transport operators and their ticketing requirements.

"Firstly the app allows an iOS device (such as an iPad) to be used as a ticketing machine/GPS locator on any form of transport," he says.

"The app has been specifically developed for NSW transport operators and their ticketing requirements. "

The lack of technology in the ticketing machine aspect led to the development of the app.

"Ticket machines are expensive and are very basic in their applications.  We found a real niche in the marketplace to develop the technology," says Tooth.  

"Being an operator, we knew what worked, we knew what we needed the machine to perform, and we know what the public wants."

Eventually, he plans to develop a consumer version of the app which means the the passenger will have a direct link to the bus that they choose.  

"There are currently apps that can give a very good approximation of the time their bus will arrive, but there is no app that can allow for a direct link to the bus," he says.

The app will benefit operators and passengers by giving them information as the buses are running their routes, simply and on time.  

"The transportme app becomes their link to the bus and the company."

Tooth says there has been a great deal of interest on the app, from operators in Australia and New Zealand, BusNSW, Transport for NSW, Community Transport and also Apple Australia.  

He says the transportme app is not limited to bus services.

"It can be used in any form of transport, from trucking, rail, ferries, trams, taxis - the sky is the limit - or maybe not if planes wanted to use it," he says.

"But because of the flexibility of the system, it is not limited whatsoever.

 "It really is exciting times for transportme, and I believe once operators see the benefits and take that leap of faith, they will realise what we now do - that we wish we had invented this years ago."

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