Tieto and Helsinki Region Transport Authority (HSL) signed an agreement concerning the delivery of a new ticketing and information system

Wed May 16, 2012 2:01am EDT

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Tieto Corporation          PRESS RELEASE         16 May 2012 at 9.00 am EET

A new ticketing and information system will be taken into use in the Helsinki region public transport by the end of 2015. It will modernize the current travel card system and standardize the information systems. The aim is to bring the entire Helsinki region public transport within the scope of up-to-date passenger information.

Tieto and Helsinki Region Transport Authority signed an agreement concerning the delivery of a new system today. The agreement covers the implementation of a ticketing and information system, as well as maintenance for five years. The project's investment costs are approximately EUR 60 million and the usage costs for five years approximately EUR 30 million.

The new ticketing and information system is based on open, service-centered architecture. It will enable the continuous development of the system, the increasing of services, as well as keeping the system up-to-date in a flexible and cost-efficient manner. Helsinki Regional Transport was one of the first in the world to implement the current travel ticket system based on non-contact cards and with the new project, will continue as a pioneer of public transport systems together with Tieto.

"When the modernization of the ticketing and information systems is implemented concurrently, we get a service package in which the systems can utilize shared basic databases, the same components of the vehicle system, as well as the data generated by each other. In this way, we can construct a better service package, as well as achieving savings in both investments and usage costs", says Helsinki Region Transport, Executive Director, Suvi Rihtniemi.

"Intelligent transport is seen at Tieto as a significant part of the development of information society. This is a significant agreement for Tieto, because we want to be involved in developing new services for public transport. Together with Helsinki Region Transport, we are on the front line developing the new generation ticketing and information system", says Ari Järvelä, Executive Vice President, Finland and the Baltic countries, Tieto.

The modernization of the systems will make the use of public transport even easier. The planning of a journey becomes easier with the availability of even more extensive real-time information and network services. Stop screens to be installed in all the buses will also help to manage the route. Information on exceptional situations can also be improved thanks to the satellite navigation.

For additional information, please contact

Helsinki Region Transport, Executive Director, Suvi Rihtniemi, tel. +358 50 565 8884

Helsinki Region Transport, Director of Passenger Services department, Pirkko Lento, tel. +358 50 380 7033

Tieto, Senior Sales Manager Risto Lehtinen, tel. +358 400 446 084

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Tieto is the leading IT service company in Northern Europe providing IT and product engineering services. Our highly specialized IT solutions and services complemented by a strong technology platform create tangible business benefits for our local and global customers. As a trusted transformation partner, we are close to our customers and understand their unique needs. With about 18,000 experts, we aim to become a leading service integrator creating the best service experience in IT. www.tieto.com

Helsinki Region Transport Authority is responsible for the planning and organization of public transport services in the Helsinki region, as well as for the preparation of the Helsinki Region Transport System Plan. The joint local authority employs 350 people and its annual turnover is in excess of EUR 520 million. In the transport organized by HSL, 320 million journeys are made each year, which is about 60% of all public transport journeys in Finland. Contact details for the media http://www.hsl.fi/FI/Sivut/media.aspx.

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Parkeon

Our ticket system partner is Parkeon Transit Limited, the British subsidiary of the international Parkeon Group. Parkeon is a global player in urban mobility and has a presence in 50 countries and 3,000 cities and towns, employing over 1,100 people worldwide. One of Parkeon's core business lines is Automatic Fare Collection solutions for rail, underground, bus and tram traffic. With over 30 years of experience, Parkeon has installed more than 75,000 ticket system devices.

For further information on the company, see www.parkeon.com

Fara

Our information system partner FARA ASA has a wide-ranging selection of real-time information systems for public transport. Norwegian FARA is the leading supplier of intelligent transportation systems to the public transport sector in the Nordic countries. In addition FARA has also delivered transport systems outside the Nordic countries. FARA has participated in delivering the current travel card system for Helsinki Region Transport.

For further information on the company, see www.fara.no

Hogia

Our data and information management partner have delivered their core product, Hogia PubTransR to Stockholm, Gothenburg and Copenhagen, amongst others.  70% of all public transport journeys in Sweden and Denmark are done by traffic handled by the company's core product. The Hogia Group is a family owned Swedish software company with a subsidiary in Finland.

For further information on the company, see www.hogia.com

Laivasähkötyö

The vehicle installations included in the project are performed by Laivasähkötyö Oy. The company has approximately 50 years of installation experience. Laivasähkötyö is a versatile expert in the field of electricity, performing electrification planning, installations, repair and maintenance for ships and industry as well as in buildings and railway equipment.

For further information on the company, see  www.lst.fi/fi/




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