Indra wins €266m Saudi public transport deal

Indra has signed a €266m contract to implement the entire ticketing and access control technology in the new public transportation system currently under construction in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh. ArRiyadh Development Authority (ADA), the company responsible for modernizing Riyadh’s infrastructures, chose Indra after an international public tender involving 10 leading multinational companies. This is the biggest ticketing project in the world to date, to be completed in 54 months, and it includes maintenance and technological assistance for 10 years.

The Governor of Riyadh, Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, Chairman of the High Comission for the Development of Arriyadh and Chairman of the High Ministerial Committee for the Riyadh Public Transport Project and Indra’s Executive Vice President, Eduardo Bonet signed the contract on Monday 5th January in Riyadh.

This project strengthens Indra’s position in the Middle East, where major infrastructure plans are in the pipeline for the next few years. Additionally, it represents an important milestone in the Transport and Traffic market of Saudi Arabia, where the multinational is the technological partner of the high-speed railroad project between Medina and Mecca.

In Riyadh, Indra will develop the entire advanced pricing management system for the city’s public transportation network. This includes a ticketing control centre with information from the various systems, financial management software, the operator clearing house, and other value-added systems for commercial management.

Indra will provide onboard ticket sale and validation systems for the entire public bus network, which will include around 800 to 1,000 vehicles; and the sale and access control systems for more than 80 stations in six subway lines (this network will total 175 kilometres and serve about six million users).

Thanks to contactless technology, users will be able to access the entire public transportation system using only one card, which they can validate quickly and easily by placing it near the reader. This solution will also include one-way tickets with a bar code (similar to the tickets for the high-speed service in Spain) and a cell phone payment application that uses NFC (Near Field Communication).

This subway and bus project in Riyadh is a new addition to Indra’s many ticketing accomplishments. The multinational is now a world leader in this sector. Indra’s technology has been chosen for the subways in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Santiago de Chile, Medellín, Lisbon, Mumbai, Calcutta and Shanghai, the light rail in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), the suburban railroad in Mexico City, the light rail in Austin (Texas) and the light rail in St. Louis (USA).