Hand-held reader for commuter coaches

Mobile ticketing specialist Mobile Onboard has extended its mTicketr product range with a lowcost, handheld mobile ticket validator aimed primarily at commuter coach operators.

The mTicketr HT-5000 is designed for operators who want the ability to quickly validate mobile tickets with QR codes either as passengers board or for inspectors doing spot checks on passengers’ tickets. It is for situations where revenue protection is a priority, such as trams with off-vehicle ticketing, on schoolbuses and commuter services using mobile ticketing. Demand for it came from coach operators reluctant to fit readers permanently in their vehicles.

The handheld also features a passenger count that automatically updates each time a valid ticket is scanned, a useful feature when limited seats are available.

The HT-5000 has a fast built-in 2D barcode scanner for easy scanning of QR codes on mobile screens or on printed e-tickets. Once scanned, it will provide the driver or inspector with quick validation of the ticket. If a scanned ticket fails validation, it will provide full details of the ticket and even a photograph of the passenger who bought the ticket. Battery life allows the unit to perform all day before a need to recharge.