LATER this year SBB will begin replacing portable ticket machines used for on-train sales with 2000 portable ticket machines from Höft & Wessel.

Up to 1GB of data on available tickets and fares can be stored in the terminals, and a radio link can be used to obtain real-time train running information.

The machines feature a touch-screen interface, integrated barcode scanner, Windows operating system and a GSM module for communication with SBB headquarters. All common methods of payment will be accepted, and Bluetooth can be used to connect to peripheral devices.