Snapper Puts Its Case
Snapper has today issued a press release crowing about its success in bringing its Snapper smart card to Auckland
Snapper CEO, Miki Szikszai, said in his release: “Snapper’s expertise in ticketing equipment, smartcards, logistics and customer support are being used to make Phase 1 of Hop happen.
“Having Snapper and Hop together in the market is incredibly powerful for the customer. This partnership means customers will get an integrated ticketing system for public transport from Auckland Transport, and the best nationwide everyday payments platform from Snapper – all in one package.”
He said the Snapper work required them to:
- Supply and install Snapper’s ticketing equipment on all NZ Bus services.
- Supply a new, fully branded and packaged smartcard to replace the existing Go Rider card used in the Auckland market.
- Provide a large network of Snapper retailers throughout the Auckland market where customers can conveniently top up and spend.
- Provide great customer support.
“These are all significant sub-projects in themselves and Snapper has enlisted the support of trusted partners such as HTS for bus installations, ABnote for smartcard production, and EFTPOS NZ and Smartpay for retail installations.”
“To help customers who still have money on their old Go Rider card, Snapper has developed a standalone PC-based application that will automatically transfer the balance of their old Go Rider card to their new Hop card with a Snapper logo in just a few seconds.
“We believe that Snapper is the first in the world to develop a tool like this that reads a 20-year old smartcard, calculates the value across all the transport products on it, and writes this as a single dollar value to a modern smartcard.”
- house and unpack 31 pallets of equipment
- test over 4,000 pieces of complex electronic equipment
- spend 13,000 manhours pre-wiring buses
- tie nearly 70,000 cable ties (more cable ties had to be sourced from overseas in the middle of the project as the local New Zealand supply was exhausted)
- pop 4,500 rivets
- connect 34,000 screws, nuts and bolts
- stick 500 rolls of insulation tape
- connect 3,000m of steel tubing
- make and install 1,600 validator poles
- install 26,000m of conduit
- feed 22,000m of cables into the conduit.
In the next few weeks the team will:
- fit 1,600 validators
- install over 650 bus driver consoles
- connect an additional 22,000 screws and washers
- and plug in over 6,000 plugs
- then test that it all works.