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Train Company Tests Automatic Paymentts Via Beacons

  • The Drum, Tuesday, August 30, 2016 9:05 AM

A train company is to experiment with automatic fare payments that detect when passengers board and leave their journey. Beacon technology will use Bluetooth frequencies to communicate with passengers' smartphones, establishing the fee they will be debited by the day’s end. Chiltern Railways, owned by Arriva, will trial the transactions for 12 months on its London to Birmingham line. Jointly funded by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), the scheme could be “the next evolution of rail ticketing,” Dave Penney, managing director of Chiltern told the Times.

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