The euphoria of showing rewards even where they are not continuous at the level of Tursib management.
The company returned with a reply after the article “Fake news at the Smart City Caravan. The technical director of Tursib, Zeno Sârbu, boasted that “Sibiu is a Smart City since 2011, when I was the first city in Europe to use bank card payment”.
Although the Council Tower reported with concrete evidence that the system by which the bus ticket was paid with the card was already implemented in France, the Tursib management returns, nuanced, however, but insisting on the premiere. This time we are talking about “a premiere, because a ticket was also issued”:
“In 2011, Tursib implemented a unique system in Europe whereby the bus ticket was paid with a PayPass card in public transport. The technology was considered unique in Europe and a premiere because, for the first time, a bus ticket was issued, the payment being made instantly, in less than a second and for any transactions that were under 100 lei it was not necessary to enter the code. PIN ”, announces Tursib.
Initially, the technical director of the company, Zeno Sârbu, said that “Sibiu is a Smart City since 2011, when I was the first city in Europe to use bank card payment.”
The Council Tower then demonstrated with a link in the French press that, a year earlier, in 2010, the city of Nice announced the implementation of this system for all public transport in the city. Other publications describe the partnership with a bank, as well as the general plan of the municipality here, to have such a system in other places and public institutions in the city.
“Citizens of Nice can now pay for their transport ticket with their mobile phone or contactless bank card. This large-scale launch is a first. One year ago (No. 2009), Nice announced its intention to launch large-scale contactless payment by spring 2010. This morning, Friday, May 21, 2010, the City Hall inaugurated some of these services, accessible through via a bank card or to a mobile phone equipped with a near field communication (NFC) radio communication chip.
Citizens of Nice can thus pay by approaching the contactless payment terminal by phone or card. It is the first time that a city in Europe exceeds the stage of experimentation “, wrote on June 21, 2010, 01net.com.
Such news can be seen in other French publications with active electronic archives from that period, being an innovative approach, which has been talked about a lot:
Nice Rendez Vous
On the other hand, it is to be appreciated that in 2011 Sibiu benefited from such a system, the only thing signaled by the Council Tower in the article incriminated by Tursib, was that the statement made by the technical director was erroneous.
In addition, including in the newspaper mentioned by Tursib, as an example of the presentation of the 2011 news, Adevărul, writes that “Sibiu can now be officially proud as the only city in Europe, which is not capital, which has implemented an ultramodern system of direct payment of bus tickets, even in public transport “, the article shows.
In addition, even Metrorex had this type of installation, writes the newspaper invoked even by the Sibiu company, with a plus on our part: it also took out a ticket … ”The Tursib has been preparing for more than a year, the introduction to this system, which is still used in Bucharest, by Metrorex, but in Sibiu, in addition, a ticket is issued by the system installed in the means of public transport ”, the article published on September 7, 2011 is also shown.
Press release sent by Tursib:
In order to clarify the information presented in the publication Turnul Sfatului, within the article “Fake news at the Smart City Caravan…” regarding the company TURSIB, we send the following clarifications:
The information presented by the Technical Director of TURSIB, within the Smart City Caravan, is a recognition of an important achievement of the municipality of Sibiu and Tursib and does not constitute false statements, intended to mislead the public.
In 2011, Tursib implemented a unique system in Europe through which the bus ticket was paid with a PayPass card in public transport. The technology was considered unique in Europe and a premiere because, for the first time, a bus ticket was issued, the payment being made instantly, in less than a second and for any transactions that were under 100 lei it was not necessary to enter the code. PINE TREE.
During the same period, the Tursib company was awarded, by the International Union of Public Transport, for the Business Model Business Award – Central and Eastern Europe region.
We are aware that public transport in Sibiu still has many steps to take to achieve the performance of European transport services, currently being underway several projects to increase urban mobility. However, we do not consider that the good things that have been done should be ignored.
In 2011, the project on the contactless payment system in public transport was promoted in both the local and national press (VIDEO – Sibiu residents can pay directly with the card the bus ticket. See how the mayor Iohannis tested the system (oradesibiu .ro); VIDEO Sibiu residents pay directly with the card and in the means of transport, the bus ticket PHOTO GALLERY | adevarul.ro).
We consider it unfortunate that a Sibiu publication presents the sustained efforts of the municipality of Sibiu and the company Tursib, to improve the local public transport service, through actions that want to minimize and overshadow the achievements of our city.
by Alin Bratu
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