From one ticket vending machine to a comprehensive ticketing portfolio: Scheidt & Bachmann celebrates 40 years of ticketing expertise

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In 2018, Scheidt & Bachmann is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its youngest business unit: Fare collection systems. Founded in 1978, the company expanded its system portfolio for parking and leisure systems, signaling technology and petrol stations with solutions for public transport.

"We thank our customers and partners who accompany us on our now 40-year journey. The market for mobility services is more dynamic than ever before, and we are working with enthusiasm on pioneering solutions that will help transportation companies get the most out of their business over the coming decades“, explains Matthias Augustyniak, Managing Director at Scheidt & Bachmann. "Our top-class employees are the foundation of our success, and my special thanks are directed to them. I look forward to an exciting time in which we will shape the future of public transport together."

Over the past 40 years, the business division Fare collection systems has evolved from a ticket vending machine manufacturer to a global provider of integrated ticketing systems. Scheidt & Bachmann laid the foundation for this success in the mid-1970s: At the request of German Railways, the company developed a ticket vending machine based on the first microprocessor technology available on the market. The approval of these highly innovative machines by German Railways in 1978 marked the basis for the development of a complete ticketing portfolio. Over the years, the pure equipment business has become a technologically advanced systems business that today delivers comprehensive mobility solutions for cities, regions and entire countries.

Scheidt & Bachmann has always developed innovative products to shape ticketing in public transport: The company pioneered eTicketing with the first magnetic card systems in the late 1970s. Through the comprehensive integration of network technology in the 1990s, Scheidt & Bachmann made it possible for transport companies to manage and maintain their entire fare management with a centralized backoffice system. Since the 2000s, the company provides intelligent ticketing software and apps that help passengers to integrate public transport more smoothly into their daily lives than ever before.

Scheidt & Bachmann is currently working intensively on designing the next system generation: Account-based ticketing, where all functions are provided online from a central ticketing cloud. This technology is also the basis for "Ticketing as a Service", a pioneering business model that Scheidt & Bachmann uses to offer the functionality of its ticketing software as an online service that can be used immediately.


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