Beijing, China

Smart Card-based Automated Clearing Centre Moves Passengers at World-high Rate

With the predicted influx of international travellers for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games the city of Beijing’s Metro system needed a fare collection solution that was capable and efficient.

Vix Technology partnered with Beijing Infrastructure and Investment Company (BII) to help transform the city’s public transport system, while also providing the infrastructure for future expansion.

Based on our award-winning MASS platform Vix introduced the smartcard-based Automated Clearing Centre (ACC), which was able to process more than 10 million passenger journeys in less than four hours. The system initially integrated AFC systems from five individual AFC providers, providing a single Clearing House across all of Beijing Metro. Since inception, the system has processed more than 18.2 billion passenger journeys with an average 15 percent year-on-year growth in passenger use.

Today, the subway is the world’s busiest in annual ridership, averaging 3.4 billion trips annually (9.3 million per day) with peak single-day ridership reaching 11.6 million journeys.

In 2013, as part of an overall capacity expansion program, the ACC system capacity was increased to be able to process 18 million passenger journeys and 50 million transactions per day. Vix continues to provide on-going support and maintenance for the ACC system via CCRTT as the system continues to expand.

  • Processed 1.4 million journeys on first day of operation
  • From 2.5 million commuters per day, the ACC now handles more than 5 million daily passengers
  • ACC system processes transactions from 21 rail lines with 319 stations and 527km/327 miles of track