Next-gen ticketing system to allow payment via smartphones, wearables.
The Queensland government will pour $379 million into the late-running refresh of its Go Card public transport electronic ticketing system.
The funding, drawn from today’s 2018-19 state budget, will be provided to the Department of Transport and Main Roads over the next four years.
The new statewide system will provide long awaited “customer facing functionality including payment by contactless debit and credit cards, mobile phones and wearables in addition to go card and paper tickets”.
As much as $89.2 million will be spent over the next financial year, when an announcement of the technology provider for the new system is expected.
The state has been looking to refresh the deal since 2014 to introduce transport technology innovations such as contactless payments, which a number of other states have started moving towards.
Cubic Transportation Systems - which also delivers London’s Oyster card system and NSW’s Opal card - currently holds the contract to operate Go Card.
Other IT in the budget
Elsewhere in the budget, the government will make $164.2 million available in 2018-19 for “core infrastructure to support digital hospitals, replacement and enhancement of core clinical systems to support frontline health service provision and decision making at the point of care”.
It is expected this will “ensure continued efficiency of the Queensland Health system”, and follows a similar $135 million investment in last year’s budget for core infrastructure.
The state’s 2015 ehealth investment strategy earmarked as much as $1.2 billion for IT infrastructure, clinical systems and business systems over five years.
A further $35.6 million is earmarked for IT projects across the across the Metro North Hospital and Health Service and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital during the financial year.