DAT launches smart card system for Ivorian transport company

smart card sBy going digital with electronic ticketing systems, transport companies are set to boost their operations every day. (Image source: DAT)Digital Afrique Telecom (DAT) has launched a smart card and ticketing system, aiming to enable Ivorian public transport users to board more than 700 buses every day through contactless cards

This smart ticketing service allows each passenger of SOTRA, the Abidjan local bus company, to buy and top up a smart card online using the platform powered by DAT.

Simplice Anoh, CEO of DAT, stated “The smart ticketing system is the living example of the digital revolution we are set to trigger at Digital Afrique Telecom. Ivorians and Africans deserve to benefit from the power of technology through innovative solutions that can improve their daily lives and the transport industry is now part of it.”

Smart cards can be top up using any mobile money services as well as bank e-wallets available in Côte d’Ivoire via a user-friendly interface. The system is interoperable and offers USSD, App and Web access, with OTC options at SOTRA point of sales. DAT has also installed NFC-enabled validators for contactless purposes.

DAT aims to allow SOTRA to control the revenue generated by each of the 700 buses currently using the system. SOTRA plans to reach 1,000 buses using the solution by the end of 2019.

DAT ticketing platform also includes an event feature to manage tickets for football games or concerts. Organisers now have a powerful tool to control their revenues and guarantee ROI.

Anoh added, “By going digital with electronic ticketing systems, transport companies and event organisers will boost their operating margins while keeping their customers happy. This is a great step towards the overall efforts to bring in the digital transformation to life in Africa.”

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