BREAKING: PERTH’S PUBLIC TRANSPORT AUTHORITY (PTA) has announced Flowbird Transport Intelligence as the prime contractor for its SmartRider contactless fare collection system, it’s reported recently.

Flowbird was also responsible for the bus stand management and passenger information systems at the city’s new Busport.

The deal seas the PTA’s Transperth service – which provides the Perth metropolitan region with bus, train and ferry public transport services – effectively extend its partnership with Flowbird, which has been a partner with Perth since the 1980s, it’s stated.

Most recently it’s been responsible for creating the multimodal ‘tag-on, tag-off’ ticketing system for the Transperth network, along with the world-class bus stand management and passenger information systems at the city’s new Busport.

According to the company, the new contract covers, "the provision of on-going services to the PTA and the expansion of technologies that underpin a transport network covering bus, rail and ferry operations."

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To support this new contract, Flowbird – which has its Asia Pacific headquarters in Sydney – will be establishing an enhanced service and support base at its new dedicated office in Perth, it states.

"Flowbird’s relationship as a technology partner for Transperth goes back many years and I am delighted that this is set to continue far into the foreseeable future," said David Thompson, GM APAC Region, Flowbird.

"We are looking forward to working alongside the PTA to support the development and application of advanced technologies that will ensure the successful expansion of SmartRider in the years ahead," he said.

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Flowbird Transport Intelligence is a global technology innovator, it states. The company’s resources - including 500 R&D engineers – place Flowbird at the forefront of innovation in transportation hardware, software, sensor systems, machine-learning and artificial intelligence, information security and mobile app development, it’s claimed.

From contactless EMV systems to new retail platforms and cloud-based back office architectures, Flowbird is leading the way in developing digital pathway that creates value for transport operators and improves the experience of their customers, it says.

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