OTI reinstated, lands T contract
FORT LEE, N.J.--Contactless smart card manufacturer On Track Innovations in December announced it was back in the running to land the Government Printing Office's contract for the Electronic Passport program. The GPO had eliminated OTI from the race, after an initial round of testing sample Electronic Passports, but OTI lawyers challenged the GPO's decision in the United States Court of Federal Claims and won the company's reinstatement.
In other news, OTI will team with Scheidt & Bachmann, a provider of mass transit management systems, to supply the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's new ticketing system. The oldest subway system in the United States transports 1.1 million riders each day and will be upgrading more than 3000 fare boxes, ticket vending machines, point-of-sale devices and fare gates. Where before the system was token-based, OTI will now be supplying commuter cards that can be used for loyalty programs and tiered fare structures.
The system will be installed throughout 2006.