Intel’s Automated Fare Collection Solutions Improve Railway Operator Efficiencies
Intel and its global ecosystem of partners have developed an Automated Fare Collection (AFC) system. This system offers a new end-to-end passenger experience for rail transportation. AFC consists of ticket vending machines, passenger detection devices, gate access machines, and other self-service stations. AFC also uses a combination of sensors, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and advanced software algorithm processing at network edges. These advanced capabilities bring ultra fast processing and insights to rail operators.
As an integrated set of machines and devices, this system manages ticketing applications, including ticket vending and checking, fare calculation and collection, statistics, clearing, and management tasks. The system also uses computers, communication networks, and automatic control technology and includes a more secure gateway to third-party payment platforms.
This Intel-based system helps train operators improve passenger experience and support operational efficiencies across their infrastructure. Further, rail operators can use digital technologies to offer flexible fare and contactless and smart card ticketing purchase options, improve train platform and gate access efficiencies, and reduce ticket fraud and counterfeiting.
The Automated Fare Collection system’s primary components are a central computer system, an in-station computer system, and station equipment. The central computer system operates as an AFC management centre responsible for generating reports, receiving ticketing data from station computers, and sending control commands. It also transfers system parameter and ticket price information to the station computer. The in-station computer manages usage data collection and transfer of fare-related parameters to the AFC equipment. Its secondary role is to provide station reports and support the sales office and customer service. It also serves as a redundant backup if the central computer fails.
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