A smart ticket manufacturer based in the East of England has been taken over by a car parking and transport ticketing business.
Wisbech-based Burall InfoSmart, one of the few companies certified to produce ITSO smart cards in the UK, has been acquired by BemroseBooth Paragon (BBP) in Hull for an undisclosed sum.
BBP is a supplier of both traditional magnetic, thermal and barcode tickets for the transport sector as well as developing a variety of smart products and services including RFID tags, smart cards and tickets, contact and contactless cards.
ITSO is a non-profit organisation for the smart ticket industry, initially known as the Integrated Transport Smartcard Organisation.
The acquisition means BBP can launch ITSO approved smart products and services into this burgeoning sector as UK train operators transition from traditional to smart ticketing.
Paul McEnaney from BBP said: “We are very pleased to announce the acquisition of Burall InfoSmart.
“The many synergies between BBPtech, our technological centre of excellence in Boston, and Burall InfoSmart will allow for a much greater offering of RFID, smart ticketing and smart card bureau services, not just to the transportation sector but many other areas such as education, local authorities and public utilities providers.
“Coming together to become one of the leading suppliers in the UK supports our strategy for future growth and development as we explore new markets, as well as continuing to supply to the mass transit sector.”
Arron Duddin, the current managing director of Burall InfoSmart, will now take over as smart solutions director for the enlarged company.
He said: “We have worked hard over the years to position Burall InfoSmart as a leading supplier of ITSO accredited smart solutions.
“Combining our products and skills with those of BBP creates a company that can support customers with all of their tickets and smart card requirements.
“The complementary products, services and values we have in place will deliver ongoing benefits to our extensive list of customers.”
Source: Insider Media Limited