Norwegian State Railways is offering passengers ticketless travel on its Signatur tilting trains. The ’Station in Train’ project is based on text messaging and digital communications designed and delivered by ICL Invia, ICL’s Nordic e-business services company.

Each train is equipped with a computer terminal with a GSM link, and the conductor uses this to send and receive information about seat reservations and ticketing. Travellers call NSB to book a seat, paying by credit card. Their seat number is confirmed and the information transmitted to the ticket office and train, so the conductor is continually updated with information. Passengers board without tickets, and are given a receipt by the conductor. Tony H