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ST Engineering Launches the Region’s First Gateless Hands-Free Fare Collection System for Rail Systems

Singapore, 9 July 2018 — ST Engineering will unveil the region’s first gateless hands-free Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system at the LTA-UITP Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition (SITCE), Marina Bay Sands from 9 to 11 July 2018 (booth U08, Level 1). Part of ST Engineering’s comprehensive rail engineering capabilities, the new barrier-free AFC will enable each commuter verification at the fare gates to only take less than one second, optimising operational efficiency for rail operators by more than 50% and delivering a seamless traveling experience for commuters.

Adopting long-range radio-frequency identification (RFID), facial recognition and stereoscopic people-counting camera technologies, the advanced AFC system allows commuters to walk through barrier-less fare passageway without needing to tap fare cards. Commuters simply need to register for an account and take a photo at the Interactive Traveller Terminal (ITT), and be issued with an RFID card, wristband or key tag for a hands-free and hassle-free passage through the passageway. Travel cards and key tags conveniently placed in bags or pockets, wristbands and the facial features of commuters will automatically be detected by the system as they approach the passageway.

The enhanced AFC system also incorporates heightened security features to facilitate enforcement action against errant commuters and activities such as tailgating and payment evasion. The passageway will be lighted up in green or red to indicate valid and invalid access, respectively.

Mr Ravinder Singh, President of Electronics, ST Engineering said, “The rail industry is readily embracing digital transformation to keep pace with urbanisation and increasing commuter demands. Global rail operators are intensifying efforts to enhance passenger experience while having to ensure that train operations and infrastructures stay secure, reliable, as well as easily maintained. Having helped international metro operators solve land transport challenges through the innovative use of technology over the past 30 years, we are pleased to be able to do so again, with our launch of the region's first barrier-free AFC at SITCE today. We will continue to help drive technology adoption by our customers, leveraging our rail engineering and technology expertise.”

One such notable smart technology initiative is the company’s recently announced collaboration with Land Transport Authority (LTA) to trial the deployment of the hands-free AFC at Redhill, Tiong Bahru, Kembangan and Bedok MRT stations, enabling people with disabilities to enter and exit train stations with ease. On the international front, ST Engineering’s Electronics sector also confirmed a contract win to deliver its smart communications systems for Taipei MRT Xinyi Line (Red Line) Eastern Extension, as well as its Passenger Information System for the Wuhan Metro Line 7 (South Extension Line).

The Gateless Hands-Free AFC System and a comprehensive suite of Smart Metro solutions including the Cyber-Resilient Command Control & Communication (C3) system, Enterprise Asset Management System, Smart Metro Control Centre, Platform Screen Door, and Passenger Information System will be on showcase at the ST Engineering booth, U08 Level 1. These solutions aim to help city planners and rail operators manage complex, expanding metro networks as well as rising expectations for seamless and smart commuting,

Contributing to enhancing the commuting journey, ST Engineering’s autonomous solutions and MRO and Engineering Consultancy & Services will also be on showcase at Booth V10 Level 1. These technological innovations support the development of a smart rail depot, from autonomous vehicle inspection systems, mobile robots for maintenance, to additive manufacturing in logistics, improving the overall rail reliability. More information on these solutions can be found in the factsheet.

ST Engineering is a global technology, defence and engineering group specialising in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. The Group employs about 22,000 people across offices in Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, serving customers in more than 100 countries. Its employees bring innovation and technology together to create smart engineering solutions for customers in the defence, government and commercial segments. With more than 500 smart city projects across 70 cities in its track record, the Group continues to help transform cities through its suite of Smart Mobility, Smart Security and Smart Environment solutions. Headquartered in Singapore, ST Engineering reported revenue of S$6.62b in FY2017 and it ranks among the largest companies listed on the Singapore Exchange. It is a component stock of the FTSE Straits Times Index, MSCI Singapore, SGX ESG Transparency Index and SGX ESG Leaders Index. For more information, please visit

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