Presentation of Renfe’s new “Cronos” system

NEW “CRONOS” SYSTEM FOR DIRECT ACCESS AND PAYMENT AT STATION TURNSTILES USING CONTACTLESS CARDS, DEVELOPED BY INDRA, AT THE NUEVOS MINISTERIOS TRAIN STATION IN MADRID.

The Minister for Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, presented the new “Cronos” system for direct access and payment at station turnstiles using contactless cards, developed by Indra, at the Nuevos Ministerios train station in Madrid.

The Cronos system emerged from a pilot project that Indra deployed for Renfe on the Malaga suburban network in 2020. From now on, this innovative system will also be available in all suburban stations in the urban core of Madrid, with the aim of gradually extending it to the rest of the suburban hubs.

The new model automatically manages ticket payment by simply bringing the bank’s contactless card, either physically or on a mobile device, to the entry and exit turnstiles at stations, without the need to purchase the ticket in advance at ticket offices or self-service machines. This enables faster and more convenient train boarding, reducing ticket queuing times, while also rendering the payment system more sustainable and environmentally friendly, thanks to the paper savings made by eliminating the corresponding travel ticket.

The new system is available for single tickets and supports contactless EMV cards, both credit and debit, and via mobile phones, with NFC and even virtualised cards.

“Cronos” technology responds to the needs of the new collection paradigms, such as Account Based Systems, Pay As You Go, Bring Your Own Device, which allow users to use their own means, favouring new models of interrelation with the customer that are more open, simple and convenient for travellers.