update The NSW Government has announced a shortlist of three
groups who will be eligible to participate in the process to
find a new builder for Sydney's electronic ticketing system, once
called the Tcard.
The failed system(Credit: Tcard)
Transport Minister David Campbell said that the three
successful companies — Australian firms the Glide Consortium and the Pearl
Consortium as well as Germany's Scheidt & Bachmann — will now be able to put
forward their proposed solutions through a request for proposals.
According to the Public Transport Ticketing Corporation, the Pearl Consortium consists of the Commonwealth Bank, Cubic Transportation Systems Australia — which built the Queensland transport smart card system — and Downer EDI Engineering Power.
The Glide Consortium is made up of Macquarie Bank, Macquarie Capital, Octopus Solutions and Thales Australia. Scheidt and Bachmann is a German company which has been involved in various ticketing projects across Europe.
The companies will need to provide information on technical systems,
commercial arrangements, time frames and costings by June this year.
Campbell hoped to sign a contract with the winner in 2010.
"Members of the qualified entities have worked with some of the
most well known public transport ticketing systems around the world
including those operating in Hong Kong, London, the Netherlands and
Boston," Campbell said in a statement.
Campbell had put out a request for expressions of interest last
year, which received 15 responses. Those who missed out included
Australia's Citigroup Consortium, D & R Technology Consortium;
e-Pay Australia; Snapper Consortium; Hampstead Consulting; Telvent
Australia; Wave Team; Zheng Guang Australia Consortium; as well as
US-based ACS Transport Solutions Inc, China's Shanghai Huateng
Software Systems Consortium, Sony Corporation of Japan and Spanish
Indra Sistemas, S.A. Consortium.
Sydney's electronic ticketing has had a troubled past, with this being the
second time NSW has had to seek a vendor to roll out a system.
The previous vendor had its contract with the government cancelled after it did not meet milestones.
The company, formerly ERG Group and now called Videlli, has recently undergone a major
restructure which saw its executive directors James Carroll and Steven Gallagher resign.
Both the company and the government are currently trying to get
compensation for their losses through the Federal Court.