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An Introduction to Automatic Fare Collection Systems on Metro Railways


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The first thing you see when entering a metro railway platform in a developed country is the Automatic Fare Collection System turnstile. Come learn about these systems and the smart cards used.

Date and Time

13 September 2014 - 10:00-13:00


Carlsbad, United States - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the USA - California local network. Contact for more information.

About this event

Automatic Fare Collection Systems (AFCS) constitute only a small portion of E & M contracts costs in metro transit construction projects.  Its contribution to transit industry was generally ignored in the early days until after the transit industry realized that it can provide superior convenience to passenger and valuable information to the operator of public transportation system.  In particular, the use of the transit ticket or smart card can be extended to retail purchase that can provide additional income to the transit authority.  Peter will present the equipment and system offered by AFCS as well as the use of ticket and equipment to retail purchase, advertising, and other applications.


10:00 AM - doors open
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM - AFCS presentation
11:30 AM to 12 noon - Q & A
12 noon to 1:00 PM - optional lunch in adjacent restaurant for networking

Reasons to attend

  • Come learn about the automatic fare collections systems in use on metro railroads
  • Learn about the expansion in the use of Smart Card systems
  • Come and network with your local members and quests



Additional information

Speaker Bio - Mr. Peter Lo

Peter Lo, MIET, CEng
Director of Asian Technical Strategy
Cubic Transportation Systems

Peter studied electronic engineering at Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1974 and later graduated at University of Birmingham in 1977 with a Master of Science in Electronic and Electrical Systems – Radar option.
In 1977, Peter returned to Hong Kong and joined Hong Kong Mass Transit Corporation as an Automatic Fare Collection Systems (AFCS) engineer, one of the project team member supervising the construction of the first metro transit railway in Hong Kong.
After the opening of the first section of Hong Kong Metro Transit Railway, Peter joined Cubic Transportation Systems in 1981 as a software engineer designing and implementing the AFCS for Hong Kong Kowloon Canton Railway.
In 1984, Peter invented the Common Stored Value (CSV) ticket enabling common ticketing and revenue settlement between Hong Kong Metro Transit Railway and Kowloon Canton Railway.  Since then, Peter advanced his career supervising the design, development, implementation, testing, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of AFCS in Singapore, Guangzhou/Shanghai China, Bangkok Thailand, Buenos Aires Argentina, and Hong Kong Airport/Tung Chung line.
Recent projects include Port Authority Bank Card Open Payment Pilot, Mobile Validator design and development, Minneapolis Green Line ticketing equipment, and New York Bus GPS Hardware Subsystem.  The latter is on the winning team for the ITS-NY Project of the Year awarded June 12th 2014 to MTA Bus Time®.
Based on the architecture of CSV Ticketing System, Peter had a patent granted in Taiwan on “Ticket Usage Tracking Method and System” in 1992.  Octopus card, a contactless stored value smart card is the conversion of the CSV Ticket to smart card in 1997 and now is widely used in Hong Kong for all public transit payments and retail purchases.

Registration information

Registration is NOT required - this is a public meeting

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