HID unveils mass transit ticket validation platform

Austin, Tx (USA)

HID has launched the VAL150 - an open architecture validator featuring a multimedia ticket reader

HID has released its latest innovation in mass transit ticket validation with the HID VAL150 Platform Ticket Validator.

The VAL150 is an open architecture validator featuring a multimedia ticket reader capable of processing barcodes, QR codes, closed loop transit cards, and open loop contactless EMV payments. The validator is integrated with a Linux computer and housed in a weatherproof casing, making it suitable for various outdoor public transportation environments.

This state-of-the-art ticket validator is currently used by the Milwaukee County Transit System on its Connect 1 BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) stations as part of the Wisgo fare collection system powered by Umo Mobility, part of Cubic Transportation Systems.

Travellers expect a seamless experience

Public transportation riders increasingly expect a seamless, technology-driven fare payment and ticketing experience. To meet this demand, agencies and operators seek to modernise fare collection processes, reduce operational costs and provide a convenient, efficient mobile ticketing system. Riders want to board quickly and easily, which means validating tickets and paying fares on a multimedia validator before boarding. This streamlined process enhances satisfaction for both riders, agencies and operators by:

  • Accommodating various ticket types, catering to diverse preferences
  • Accelerating validation and boarding, minimizing lines and allowing riders to enter through multiple doors
  • Facilitating efficient service delivery, ensuring smooth operations and timely departures
  • Eliminating onboard cash handling, reducing costs and fraud risks

By modernising fare collection, agencies and operators not only provide passengers with a frictionless way to pay and board, but also contribute to increased ridership.

The VAL150 incorporates HID Triptick technology to seamlessly read and validate a wide range of ticket types, including barcode/QR codes, closed-loop transit cards and open-loop contactless EMV payments via a single interface.

Quick and intuitive to use

This unified functionality, combined with high performance barcode/QR code reading, makes the validator quick and intuitive to use. The VAL150's weatherproof (IP55) and impact resistant (IK09) design enables the validator to operate continuously in outdoor settings.

  • Built on the same open architecture as HID's onboard ticket validator (VAL100), the VAL150 offers additional benefits for integrators:
  • Efficient utilisation of existing HID VAL100 applications, saving time and development efforts
  • Seamless integration with third-party software and existing fare collection ecosystems, ensuring a smooth deployment process and reducing overall costs


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