Indra equips the Buenos aAires train network with access control and ticketing technology

Argentina’s national rail operator has awarded Indra a contract worth 35 million euros, under which the firm will deploy its access control and ticketing technology across the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (BAMA) rail network, one of the world’s largest with more than 200 stations. The contract also includes system maintenance during a two-year period.

Indra will equip eight lines with 1,400 access control machines, known as turnstiles; 170 disabled entrances; 200 automatic recharging machines for contactless SUBE cards, which are used to access all public transport in the city; as well as 150 on-board validators and 230 on-platform validators, which passengers use to pay their travel fare. The company will also supply 160 in-station transaction hubs and 300 journey inspection terminals.

A monitoring and control solution, which compiles information from a number of different subsystems and helps improve service management, will also be developed and implemented by Indra. The new technology will speed up passenger control and fare collection, while also helping to combat fraudulent use of the rail network.

This contract sees Indra reinforce its position as a smart technology provider for transport in Buenos Aires, where commuter train passengers, who make more than 1.4 million journeys each day, will use the company’s systems to access the network and pay travel fares. Indra was involved in deployment of the city’s bus fare system, using the contactless SUBE card, as well as converting existing turnstiles to the new payment system.