Hull firm secures multi-million-pound contract to produce transport cards used in London

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 18 Apr 2018

A HULL business has secured a prestigious new contract, which will see all Oyster Cards used in London be manufactured in the city.

Paragon ID, the leading provider of smart cards, has announced the multi-million-pound deal will run for the rest of the year.

It means Oyster Cards used by millions of people in London to travel around the capital every day will start out life in Hull.

John Wise, technical sales director for Paragon ID, said: “We are very pleased to extend our relationship with Transport for London further and include them among our growing list of clients within the mass transit sector. 

“Retaining our position as a manufacturer of Oyster Cards means that once again we are able to reaffirm that we are a market- leading business in the smart ticketing industry.”

Inside the factory at Paragon ID 

The deal, which has been struck between Paragon ID and Transport for London (TfL), is worth £2.2m.

It will see the Hull-based business, which operates in three continents across the world, continue to manufacture the cards for the rest of 2018.

Oyster cards are rechargeable smart cards used to easily pay for journeys on bus, tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL rail, river bus and most National Rail services throughout the city. 

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Millions of journeys are made daily using the Oyster Card, making it one of the preferred options for anyone wishing to access public transport in the capital.

“Oyster Cards are one of the greatest examples of smart-ticketing technology in the world, so to secure this order adds further credibility to what we do,” Mr Wise said. “We are looking forward to working with TfL throughout 2018 and contributing to their success.”

Inside the factory at Paragon ID 

Paragon ID, whose Hull base is on Stockholm Road, off Sutton Road, currently employs more than 600 people in their sites around the world.

They are part of the Paragon Group – the leading provider of identification services – which turns over more than £550m.

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The Hull-based business is one of the few in the country to offer specialist smart tickets, including magnetic and contactless tickets, smart cards and mobile ticket apps. They are also helping businesses across the country make the gradual change from paper-based tickets to digital and smart tickets.

The latest contract is a massive boost for Paragon ID, and cements their place as one of the leading businesses in the industry.

The company was also the first supplier to introduce magnetic tickets in Europe, with clients including British Rail.

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