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Funding prize for clever ticketing solution

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Winners of a Transport Systems Catapult ‘hackathon’ competition last year have gone on to receive a £100,000 Government grant to further develop their idea – an intelligent public transport ticketing solution.

Going by the name ‘Total Trip’, Andy Watt, Richard Jordan and Nico Contentin took first place in the June 2016 IMCreate 2 Hackathon which posed a series of innovation challenges based on the needs of the UK transport network.

The trio created a Bluetooth Beacon based technology solution, which provides alternatives to smart ticketing on bus and train journeys. Their app uses Bluetooth on a passenger’s phone to identify the individual bus or train that they have boarded before automatically charging them the appropriate fare. This is achieved without using GPS or actively tracking the passenger.

Earlier this year the team entered a number of funding competitions organised by Innovate UK which has resulted in them now winning the £100,000 grant.

Total Trip founder Richard Jordan commented: “We were delighted to win the hackathon and the support of the Transport Systems Catapult has been instrumental in getting the idea to the stage where we could submit the bid to Innovate UK.

“With the advent of driverless travel and automation of the transport system as a whole, this type of technology will be essential. We’re looking forward to implementing the work set out in the bid and bringing true ticketless travel to the UK and across the world.”

Commenting on Total Trip’s performance at last year’s hackathon Transport Systems Capatult marketing director Stephen Lynn said: “In a short space of time, Total Trip converted complex data and technology into an idea which can generate tangible improvements to the travelling public. Total Trip’s Bluetooth enabled transactions will revolutionise how we travel and I can’t wait to see this rolled out across the UK.”