The Australian-headquartered company behind upgrades to Melbourne’s Myki public transport system has won a $27 million contract to upgrade Malaysia’s ticketing.
Melbourne-based Vix was behind Victoria’s now discontinued Metcard system, and grabbed headlines in 2011 when it offered to replace the controversial Myki in buses, trams and trains. More recently, Vix has installed faster card readers at city loop and Richmond stations as a subcontractor to the Myki IT provider NTT Data.
In Malaysia, the company will design, install and operate a single smartcard system for passengers travelling on bus, rail, metro and monorail networks.
The system is expected to roll out in early 2017 and will help tourists who currently juggle prepaid accounts and card systems operatied by different transport providers. Travellers will be able to use Touch-n-Go Card as well as the new myDebit card currently being issued by Malaysian Banks.
The system is also designed with contactless debit and credit cards and NFC-enabled mobile phones in mind, said Vix Technology chief executive officer Steve Gallagher.
“In the future, commuters will no longer need to carry multiple cards in their pockets every time they want to travel, making the transit network a lot more convenient and user friendly for locals and tourists alike,” he said.
Vix is also behind the rollout of smartcards for Melbourne Storm club members this year. The project, in partnership with Victorian AWS partner DiUS, lets fans pay for food and drinks at games with the cards.
Vix is also behind smart payment systems for transport networks in major cities around the world, including Rome, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, Wellington, Seattle and Utah.