World's biggest ticketing system developed for Saudi
Spanish firm Indra has announced that it has won a $314 million contract to implement the world's biggest ticketing system for the Riyadh public transport systems.
ArRiyadh Development Authority (ADA), the company responsible for modernising Riyadh's infrastructures, has chosen Indra to deliver the project over 54 months. The contract also includes maintenance and technological assistance for 10 years.
Indra will develop the entire advanced pricing management system for the city's public transportation network.This includes a ticketing control centre with information from the various systems, financial management software, the operator clearing house, and other systems for commercial management.
Indra will provide onboard ticket sale and validation systems for the entire public bus network, which will include around 800 to 1,000 vehicles; and the sale and access control systems for more than 80 stations in six subway lines - a total of 175 kilometres, serving about six million users.
Thanks to contactless technology, users will be able to access the entire public transportation system using only one card.
The multinational, which is the technological partner of the high-speed railroad project between Madinah and Makkah, said in a statement: "This project strengthens Indra's position in the Middle East, where major infrastructure plans are in the pipeline for the next few years."
Indra's technology has also been chosen for the subways in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Santiago de Chile, Medellín, Lisbon, Mumbai, Calcutta and Shanghai, the light rail in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), the suburban railroad in Mexico City, the light rail in Austin (Texas) and the light rail in St Louis (USA).
Indra, chaired by Javier Monzón, employs 43,000 people and has customers in 138 countries.