Ernst & Young to develop Smart Cards for Kochi Metro

Kochi: Kochi Metro Rail Limited has appointed Ernst & Young LLP as the Consultant for developing the “Common Smart Card Ticketing Solution” for the proposed Kochi Metro, and the Consultant is expected to deliver the detailed feasibility report within six months. The responsibility of the Consultant includes preparation of policy for implementation of the Smart Card based ticketing system, discussions with all the stakeholders for implementation of the Smart Card based ticketing system and implementation of the Smart Card based ticketing system.

Subsequently a suitable institution would be identified by KMRL for implementation of “open loop, smart card’ system. This is expected to be implemented by the time Kochi’s Metro system is commissioned in December 2015. Once this is rolled out, Kochi would be the first city in the country and may be one among the few cities in the world having an open loop card payment system capable for multi model transport ticketing. KMRL is also a nodal agency for implementation of UMTA and creation of Urban Transport Fund.

The development of a “Common Smart Card Ticketing Solution” is a key component of the Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) for Kochi. As in the case of many leading transit organizations in the world, UMTA-Kochi is evaluating the adoption of open loop smart card system for the purpose of fare collection. UMTA-Kochi envisages a common smart card for all payment applications including transport, shopping and all other payment needs. Therefore, an EMV/Rupay based smart card has been identified as the form factor for the ticketing systems, for all transport operators in Greater Kochi area thus fostering an interoperable multi modal transit-ticketing ecosystem. These smart cards could be used on the networks/ticketing terminals as well.