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PayPoint joins the ACT Cloud in new partnership

National ticket retail network launched in a deal between PayPoint and ACT

Welwyn Garden City, 24 September 2013: PayPoint has joined the ACT Cloud in a deal that will extend the retailing of UK smart card transport tickets, through PayPoint’s existing network of contactless-enabled payment terminals, in over 25,000 convenience stores, newsagents and forecourts.

PayPoint is the UK’s leading payments provider and currently processes a range of payments worth over £14 billion from almost 740 million transactions a year. PayPoint has been retailing transport paper and smart ticketing for past 10 years. This deal sees the UK’s best known retail payments network working in partnership with the UK’s leading smart
ticketing systems provider, ACT. The innovative project will see Cloud Ticketing by ACT available across PayPoint’s extensive retail network to provide the travelling public with a convenient way to buy and top-up their smart transport cards.

ACT developed its Cloud Ticketing services to extend transport operators’ traditional ticket sales channels with a wider, more accessible retail network, giving passengers an easy way to buy and download tickets online, in-store or using an NFC-enabled mobile device. All the communications, transaction processing and payments are managed in the ACT Cloud so retailers don’t need to invest in additional hardware.

The rapid growth of ITSO smart travel schemes has seen an upsurge in the adoption of smart cards across the UK. Making it simple and convenient for passengers to load tickets and top-ups onto their smart cards, makes it easy for them to manage their travel arrangements, whenever and however it most suits them.

Seamus Smith, Managing Director of PayPoint UK & Ireland, commented, “We already have a strong track record in transport ticketing, having worked with many national and regional operators for over a decade. Our partnership with ACT brings our market leading services together in an integrated transport solution. We are now uniquely positioned to provide the travelling public with the simplest and most convenient method to load up their smart travel

“Our ITSO ready, contactless-enabled terminals are deployed in over 25,000 locations, and our network is still growing. By joining the ACT Cloud, our partnership will provide transport operators with the opportunity to be at the forefront of the mass deployment of smart ticketing across the UK.”

Gary Watts, CEO, ACT, said: “This agreement offers greater choice for travellers to buy and top-up travel cards across the UK. Providing a broader, convenient retail network gives passengers the ticket buying options they need to make travelling on public transport simple and convenient. We are delighted to welcome PayPoint to the ACT Cloud and to extend the retailing of UK transport tickets through PayPoint’s network of over 25,000 retail outlets.”

ACT and PayPoint are showcasing the new ticketing services at The Transport Card Forum, at the Assembly Rooms in Bath, 24/25 September. ACT will be demonstrating Cloud Ticketing over a range of devices and PayPoint will be demonstrating ticket sales and topups on its payment terminal connected to the ACT ticketing cloud.

For more information, please contact: Joanne Hutchinson, Communication Officer, Applied Card Technologies Limited
T: 01249 751155
F: 01249 751201
W: www.weareACT.com
E: [email protected]

For more information on PayPoint, please contact:
Peter Brooker, Head of Corporate Affairs,
T: 01707 600356
E: [email protected]