Drivers use an onboard device located near the driver that allows for validation, selling, and reloading of smart cards. The Driver’s Ticket Machine can also have the capability to issue a paper ticket for cash. The bus ticketing machine is synchronized to the back office to send information about card events and system events. More specifically, information about the number of passengers who traveled on the route on a specific day and time period, or the time that a driver began and ended his shift are examples of the type of information that is passed from the Ticket Machine to the back office system.
The Ticket Dispensing Machine (Driver’s Console) is secure through password protection, as well as a physical module, so that there are two (2) types of security protection – something the driver has (the module) and something he knows (the password).
The Ticket Issuing Machine (Driver’s Console) is sophisticated in that it can handle different types of tickets, according to passenger type, according to distance, according to zone or any relevant combination. Different prices and different types of tickets are much simpler for the driver to handle than traditional paper tickets.
The data is stored in the Data Communication Unit (DCU), also known as the driver’s module, and is also sent to a back office data base, so that there are two (2) places that data is stored. Each transaction is stored both locally on the Data Communication Unit (DCU) and sent to the database via cellular communications.