Höft&Wessel AG: Greater improvements in ticket machines (with additional features)

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Press Release tpg and Hoeft&Wessel
Grand-Lancy, Geneva, 28th May 2013

Greater improvements in ticket machines

Mr Roland Bonzon, Managing Director of transports publics genevois (tpg)
and Mr Rudolf Spiller, CEO of German manufacturer Hoeft&Wessel (H&W)
inaugurated the first ticket machine equipped with a high visibility
screen. Symbolically positioned in front of the entrance to the 60th UITP
World Congress and Mobility City Exhibition, which runs until Wednesday
evening in Palexpo, the device heralds a full range of ticket machines
equipped with optimal functionalities. A phase-out of old machines is
planned.

The 260 latest-generation machines already present across the tpg network
were equipped with prepaid card readers for use with the cart(at)bonus, which
is very popular with many tpg customers. Incorporating this functionality
was not initially planned for the new machines, as other prepaid formats
were to be used instead. However, as these modes of payment were not
available when the new machines came into operation, it was deemed useful
to let passengers use prepaid cards, first with the existing old generation
machines, and then by equipping the next wave of machines with suitable
card readers. Card readers in the new generation machines enable users to
check the balance and validity of their card; a functionality that was
previously not available. In the coming months, a further 260 new machines
will be equipped and installed across the network. These will replace the
old machines, which will be progressively phased out. 520 H&W machines will
be installed across the network by the end of the year, accepting credit
cards, cart(at)bonus and coins (Swiss francs and Euros) and giving change. The
new machines are reputed to be less vulnerable to vandalism and theft
attempts, and are easier to maintain. The number of 'out of service'


machines, which are particularly inconvenient for customers and are often
outside tpg's control, will be substantially reduced.

Readability of screens on existing new machines is not optimal and has come
under criticism. These tactile, multifunctional screens, which are becoming
more widespread in Switzerland, were, until now, essentially found in
stations or in areas away from direct sunlight. Both tpg and public
transport users have asserted that these screens, spread across the urban
network and in the open air, are difficult to read in certain light
conditions. Hence why tpg, together with the manufacturer H&W, have
actively looked for a solution. This research has now resulted in a screen
with a maximum brightness of 1,000 candela (cd) compared to 500 cd for
standard screens. Furthermore, for greater reading comfort, the new screens
(like those found on smartphones or tablets), adapt to light conditions,
whilst offering reduced energy consumption and a longer lifecycle.

180 old generation ticket machines will remain on the network until the end
of 2014. These run on solar power. From autumn 2014, these will be replaced
by the latest H&W solar-powered machines, which are still under development
and which will be tested before being deployed.

Contact :

tpg
Philippe Anhorn
Responsable de la communication
T +41 22 308 34 11, anhorn.philippe(at)tpg.ch

H&W
Arnd Fritzemeier
Investor&Public Relations
T +49 172 548 51 69,af(at)hoeft-wessel.com


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Subtitle: Roland Bonzon, CEO tpg, and Rudolf Spiller, CEO Hoeft&Wessel

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Language: English
Company: Höft&Wessel AG
Rotenburger Str. 20
30659 Hannover
Germany
Phone: +49 (0)511-6102-0
Fax: +49 (0)511-6102-411
E-mail: info(at)hoeft-wessel.com
Internet: www.hoeft-wessel.com
ISIN: DE0006011000
WKN: 601100
Listed: Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard);
Freiverkehr in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover,
München, Stuttgart


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