|On Track Innovations Ltd, (OTI) (Nasdaq:OTIV) a global leader in contactless microprocessor-based smart card solutions for homeland security, payments, petroleum payments and other applications, today announced DigiCore’s decision to integrate OTI’s Saturn 6500 contactless readers with its Fare Validators. The JSE-listed DigiCore Holdings specializes in the research, design, development, manufacturing, sales and support of technologically advanced GPS fleet management, vehicle tracking and EMV based fare management solutions. Digicore’s decision to standardize on OTI’s Saturn 6500 is strategically important in the context of developments in the local payment industry in South Africa.
OTI has received the first order to supply 4,000 smart card readers, together with a commitment to procure further larger order quantities in subsequent project phases.
In South Africa public transport by minibus taxi accounts for 65% of the transport total, 20% by bus and 15% by rail.
DigiCore’s new Fare system, built on its highly successful C-track system, uses OTI’s contactless reader, allowing passengers to receive a better, more convenient service and reduces cash handling by the driver. Reloadable, EMV compliant pre-paid cards will be issued to commuters to enable contactless transactions in accordance with the requirements of the contactless payment schemes of the Card Associations and the South African National Department of Transport (NDOT).
Deon du Rand, the Managing Director Technology for DigiCore, commented: “After evaluating various options, we selected OTI’s Saturn 6500 contactless readers for our Tap-i-Fare fare management product range. This reader and the support from OTI allowed us to do the integration and demonstrate an end to end solution in record time.”
Oded Bashan, Chairman & CEO, OTI, stated, “We are happy to see growth and expansion in the contactless payments market. The world trend for convenience in payment transactions, which reflects in the transition to contactless solutions, is supported by the major financial institutions. The transit payment market that relies today almost exclusively on cash can now enjoy the convenience and speed contactless payments can offer.”
Established in 1990, OTI (Nasdaq:OTIV) designs, develops and markets secure contactless microprocessor-based smart card technology to address the needs of a wide variety of markets. Applications developed by OTI include product solutions for petroleum payment systems, homeland security solutions, electronic passports and IDs, payments, mass transit ticketing, parking and loyalty programs. OTI has a global network of regional offices to market and support its products. The company was awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2005 and 2006 Company of the Year Award in the field of smart cards. For more information on OTI, visit www.otiglobal.com.
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DigiCore Holdings Ltd (www.digicore.com), is a global company listed on the South African (Johannesburg) Stock Exchange, with more than 24 years’ experience developing and implementing end-to-end vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions. Its advanced C-track technology is fitted to almost 430,000 vehicles operating in 36 countries across 5 continents. Apart from a range of generic products, DigiCore works in partnership with its customers to develop solutions that deliver measurable business and operational benefits by providing total visibility and control of mobile assets and mobile work forces. DigiCore utilises a range of vehicle location, fleet management, satellite navigation and security tools, to provide commercial vehicle, van and car fleet operators with scalable solutions that offer flexibility, reliability and functionality. For more information on DigiCore, visit www.digicore.com.
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