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TAMPERE (Finland) and LAHTI (Finland) — December 20, 2016 Confidex Ltd., the world’s leading supplier of high-performing contactless ticketing and RFID tag solutions and services, has been selected by Lahti city’s public transport committee LSL, Lahden Seudun Liikenne, to deliver smart tickets for the LAHTI2017 FIS NORDIC WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS. The championships take place in the city of Lahti, Finland during 22 February – 5 March, 2017.
Confidex, a fast growing and internationally operating company with headquarters in Finland and regional offices in the US, China, Switzerland and France, serves its global customers in the areas of Smart Industries and Smart Mobility. Confidex is a fully-integrated manufacturer of contactless products, with unique production technology, process, R&D and material knowhow, able to assure full chain quality for its products and services.
Mr. Kim Venesjärvi, Logistics Manager of Public Transport in LSL, unveils that Confidex was selected as the supplier of smart tickets based on the company’s experience delivering a Waltti travel card solution to Finnish Lippu- ja maksujärjestelmä Oy. The Waltti travel card system, with which the newly ordered championships card is compatible, is currently in use in 13 cities in Finland and in three countryside transportation areas. During November 2016, the Waltti travel card was used for 4,3 million trips nationwide. The Waltti travel card system is planned to be rolled out across Finland as a whole by 2018.
“We needed a new ticket product for the LAHTI2017 FIS NORDIC WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS, to be used by tourists, as a day pass, and enabling travel for our accredited suppliers and volunteer staff during the championships. We have not previously had a tourist ticket in the LSL public transport system. This new smart ticket will be sold over four zones for 1 to 7 days validity. The disposable 1 day ticket will be used in the future also for individual compulsory school pupils and for group travels.” Mr. Venesjärvi tells about the new smart mobility implementation.
The LAHTI2017 FIS NORDIC WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS affect the local public transport with an estimated increase of 8’000 daily trips by the competition staff members. On top of this, the city officials estimate extra traffic following the arrival of national and foreign tourists and of course there will be increased traffic from the local citizens and nearby county inhabitants due to the event. LSL has prepared to add more transportation capacity during the event, especially towards the competition ending times.
“We will follow up the traffic situation with our operators and prepare to take action, launching extra transportation capacity, as needed. The co-operation with Confidex has also been excellent. The company has delivered flexibly according to our hopes and needs. We warmly recommend Confidex and its products and services for anyone in need of smart ticketing solutions.” Mr. Venesjärvi concludes.
Mr. Petteri Lavikko, Director of Product Management at Confidex Smart Mobility, comments: “We are delighted to work together with LSL and participate in making the Championships a success. We are pleased to bring our experience of delivering smart tickets to over 80 cities worldwide, and being the chosen supplier of some of the biggest transportation systems in the world, to this high profile event right here in Finland. As a Finnish company, our values go hand in hand with the environmentally friendly city of Lahti and especially, in 2017, which is the 100th anniversary of Finland, this all means a great deal to us. We are excited to experience the Championships here in Finland and are convinced our smart tickets will enhance the event by ensuring high visitor satisfaction.”
Confidex is the world’s leading supplier of high-performing contactless smart tickets, industrial RFID tags and specialty labels – the key enablers for short-range wireless IoT solutions that make supply chains, transactions and authentication of goods or people more efficient and secure. Confidex Smart Ticketing solutions combine unmatched product reliability, versatile customization services and environmentally friendly materials. The company’s success is the result of its commitment to understanding of, and providing tailored solutions for, customers’ requirements, no matter how complex. With our global network of resellers and distributors we serve customers representing a broad range of industries in Europe, Americas, Middle-East and Asia. For more information, visit www.confidex.com.
About Nordic World Ski Championship city Lahti and LSL, Lahden Seudun Liikenne, the city’s public transport committee
Lahti is a city of almost 120,000 residents and the centre for a region of 200,000 people. It has the best of both worlds: the attractiveness, intimate cosiness and originality of a small town, yet the services, efficiency and logistics of a major city. As Lahti is the dream city for active, sport loving people, hiking trails, ski tracks and biking routes begin from the very city centre. Lahti’s new travel centre, Matkakeskus, operates as a hub of public transportation, providing easy access for transferring between different transportation methods. In the centre of Lahti lies a marketplace and a sports centre, both easily accessible by foot. In Lahti, the whole public transport circles around the central marketplace – this is also where the LAHTI2017 NORDIC WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIP grand and festive distribution of prizes takes place after the competition. For more information, visit http://www.lahti2017.fi/en
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