Apr 1, 2021
TapConnect (https://www.tapconnect.io) is a barcode solution for public transport, supporting global barcode sales, efficient validation and MaaS. GVB and Ximedes jointly develop this product. Phase one of TapConnect is now formally accepted by GVB and will shortly go into production.
In its current state, TapConnect only supports offline validation. Validators and metro gates rely on the information coded into the (UIC-918-3) ticket to decide on allowing a traveller to board the vehicle.
In the next phase, scheduled for launch before the end of the year, Ximedes and GVB add online validation. With online validation the ticket holds only a reference to the travel rights kept at our severs. Online validation makes fraud detection much more reliable, and enables multi-ride tickets and sliding validity. Sliding validity tickets have a fixed validity, say two hours, that starts after their first use. We will continue to use offline validation as a fallback in situations where a validator or gate is temporarily offline.
As Arriva joined TapConnect, stop-to-stop tickets are now being built into the product. The complexity of such tickets is higher, as the price varies with the selected start and destination stations as well as the mode of transport (train or bus). But the addition of these tickets increase the versatility of TapConnect, allowing more operators to use it.
Both GVB and Ximedes are very happy with the progress made with TapConnect. We hope more public transport operators will join us. The quality and versatility of the product combined with a flat monthly fee without any per-ticket fees whatsoever should ensure this.
If you want more information about TapConnect, visit (https://www.tapconnect.io) or contact Gijs ter Horst on +31 6 1554 9243.