Friday, July 26, 2013

RFID application : AFC System for Bus

Logistics and transportation are major areas of implementation for RFID technology. Yard management, shipping and freight and distribution centers use RFID tracking technology. In the railroad industry, RFID tags mounted on locomotives and rolling stock identify the owner, identification number and type of equipment and its characteristics. This can be used with a database to identify the lading, origin, destination, etc. of the commodities being carried.

In commercial aviation, RFID technology is being incorporated to support maintenance on commercial aircraft. RFID tags are used to identify baggage and cargo at several airports and airlines.
Some countries are using RFID technology for vehicle registration and enforcement. RFID can help detect and retrieve stolen cars.

Automated fare collection flow

Transportation payments
In many modern countries, RFID tags can be used to pay for mass transit fares on bus, trains, or subways, or to collect tolls on highways.
Some bike lockers are operated with RFID cards assigned to individual users. A prepaid card is required to open or enter a facility or locker and is used to track and charge based on how long the bike is parked.
The Zipcar car-sharing service uses RFID cards for locking and unlocking cars and for member identification.

Realtime data Capture

Automated Fare Collection System
In the operation of bus line, the reloading terminal will be installed in the bus terminal or a station for top-up. Also, all the buses will install a Bus Validator for fare collection. Cardholder will buy a card and top it up at the reloading station by paying cash to Load Agent.
Cardholder has a user card which allows them to perform any payment at Bus Validator. All the transaction records will be stored in the Bus Validator. At the end of the date, acquirer will collect all the transaction records and upload to backend host via data concentrator. Finally, the backend host will consolidate all the transactions and Service Provider can review the report and process the settlement.
Other option but need more cost, Bus Validator which equipped with GSM/CDMA transmitter can directly transmit  transaction record just at once, that called realtime AFC system

Wireless 2.4gHz data capture

The System Software
The system is a cash stored value system for public bus fare payment. People can charge their 
AFC bus card with value at the recharge place and use it to ride  bus equipped with bus validator to their desired destination.
People who wishes to ride on a bus, presents his(her) RFID card to the Bus validator .
On a bus, the system will charge the fare that was determined for that bus route by deducting the purse 
of RFID card as well as recording the transaction on both the card and the validator. 
The transaction data stored at the validator shall be gathered at Data Collection at bus depot either in 2.4GHz  or 433mhz or tap by external portable memory . After data collection, Data Collection will transfer the data to the Clearing Center Server for money clearing. 

Wireless 433mHz data capture

The Benefit
• Up-to-Dated Technology :  Using contact-less technology both for single and multi fare method.
• High Speed Process : The passengers feel more convenient because of faster transaction speed.
• Low Maintenance Cost : Contact-less card solution doesn’t require so many moving mechanism and has simple structure to minimize the maintenance.
• Extendibility : In the future, the system can be extended for other application in connection with other equipment.
• International Standard High Security : applied highly secure international standard for system security.
• Easy Data Management : Powerful clearing software enables efficient & powerful data management for accounting and statistics.

Bus validator Specification:
• Recognizes RF (Radio Frequency) without any contact
• Supports RF Card in compliance with ISO14443 type A & B 
• Specially designed to resist continuous vibration in the worst road condition
• Reduction of maintenance cost due to no mechanically moving components
• Dual Back-up of transaction data for safety
• USB port or (433MHz/2.4GHz)Wireless Communication with Data Collection or usb flash disk (Optional) 

Data Collection / Data Management System Specification:
• Data collection via 433MHz/2.4GHz communication or USB memory
• Powerful software enabling efficient & powerful data management for accounting and statistics
• Data Storage
• Data back-up function 

We provides AFC system for micro payment for land transportation including bus, minibus, rail, ferry, road toll, parking, drive thru fast food, convenience stores, even your own project, Which aims to enhance the efficiency of fare collection by escalating and expanding your customer, increasing transaction speed, reducing operational costs and satisfyingly both of your customer and YOU.

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