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Hong Kong Smart Card System

Information on the Hong Kong Smart Card System provided by AESPRODATA, the Railroad-Technology Journal and MTR Corporation.
AES Prodata has installed the world’s largest contactless smart card system in Hong Kong where over 1.6 billion transactions occur on the public transport system yearly. This system incorporates all modes of transport including bus, rail and ferry. The first multi-modal smart card system of its kind in Hong Kong. Since the roll out of the Hong Kong system in September 1997, 2.5 million smart card transactions per day have taken place. Over four million cards have been issued with a further 3.6 million still being rolled out. The system is able to handle up to 10 million transactions per day across all modes of public transport.

The smart cards (known as the Octopus system) can be used across six transport operators which have joined together in a joint venture called Creative Star Limited. The joint venture includes the MTR Corporation, the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) – light and heavy rail, the Kowloon Motor Bus Co. (1933) Ltd (KMB), Citybus Ltd and Hongkong & Yaumati Ferry.

The flexibility of the system including the central clearing house means that the card can also operate in applications outside transport such as parking, retail and telecommunications. The scope of the system is already being expanded into applications such as pay telephones and photo booths - a world first for automated transit fare collection systems. AES Prodata is responsible for the design, build, operation, maintenance and financing of automated fare collection and card based systems for public transport, ranging from simple fareboxes to advanced multi-modal smart card based ticketing systems. The Hong Kong system is recognized internationally as one of the most advanced smart card systems in the world, having won the 1998 Sesames Award for best smart card application at Cartes 98.
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PARTNERSHIPS AND PEACE OF MIND

Strategic long term partnerships with international and local operators are encouraged and may include local authorities, transport executives and metropolitan transport executives. AES Prodata ensures system reliability and data security at the highest level and continually achieves excellence in both products and services.

AES Prodata is established internationally as one of the leaders in design, manufacture and project management of Automated Fare Collection (AFC) systems. AES Prodata is a member of the ERG Group of Companies, which is based in Perth, Western Australia. AES Prodata N.V. (Belgium) is a 100% owned subsidiary of ERG Limited and is the Head Office of the AES Prodata Group of Companies which has offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

AES Prodata has pioneered the installation of paper, magnetic stripe, contact and contactless smart card fare collection systems worldwide. Recent installations include Sao Paulo, Moscow, Mexico City, Malaysia and the first multi-modal smart card system of its kind in Hong Kong. Since the roll out of the Hong Kong system in September 1997, 2.5 million smart card transactions per day have taken place.
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RANGE OF AUTOMATED FARE COLLECTION EQUIPMENT
AES Prodata has an extensive range of fare collection products for all modes of transport, including:

AES Prodata
Leuvensesteenweg 540 b2
B-1930 Zaventem
Belgium
Tel: +32 2 722 8911
Fax: +32 2 720 8794
E-mail: info@aesprodata.be
URL: http://www.aesprodata.com.au
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ALL ABOUT THE OCTOPUS CARD
To buy an Octopus card:

To use an Octopus card:

To add value to an Octopus card:

To check remaining stored value:

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SERVICES AND FARES

Airport Express Complimentary Services

1. Free In-town Check-in service

2. Free porter service

3. Free MTR feeder

4. Free Airport Express Shuttles

Personal Seat Back TV

Fares

At the same time, valid until 28 February, 1999, each fare-paying adult can bring up to three passengers aged 15 or below.
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Let's introduce you to the MTR tickets
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Adult Fares
Single Journey Ticket
Octopus Card
Travelling on Hong Kong
Island or Kowloon / Tsuen Wan
HK$4.0
HK$3.7
HK$5.0
HK$4.5
HK$6.0
HK$5.5
HK$7.5
HK$6.7
HK$9.0
HK$8.1
Cross Harbour
HK$9.00
HK$7.80
HK$11.0
HK$9.90
HK$13.0
HK$11.7
(7.75 HK$ to 1 US$)
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