Helsinki City Transport introduces text messages as travel tickets during the International Car Free Day Campaign (22nd-23rd September). The world’s first mobile ticket service for public transport is provided by PlusDial MTSP together with technology partner Add2Phone Ltd.
SMS-ticket service uses standard text messages and a unique validation method to provide the service for all mobile phone subscribers in the Helsinki metropolitan area. During the two-day pilot, all customer feedback is collected and analyzed to benefit a large-scale SMS-ticket trial that is scheduled to begin later this year. The ticket is specially priced and is valid for a full day of travel on the city’s green trams and metro service.
“Mobile payment and ticketing makes public transport in Helsinki more accessible. Buying a ticket in advance is easy and it makes tram traffic more flexible. SMS-ticket service will increase the number of commuters in Helsinki City Transport, especially among younger passenger groups and people visiting in Helsinki,” comments Mr. Seppo Vepsalainen, Planning Director, Helsinki City Transport.
Text messages are a part of everyday life in Helsinki and the Helsinki City Transport Ticket service is another Finnish breakthrough in mobile services and m-commerce. The ticket arrives in real-time when it’s ordered and is automatically recorded on to the customer’s phone bill. All major mobile network operators in Finland, including Sonera, Radiolinja and Telia, have opened their network access for the SMS-ticket service.
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