Since 1 August 2015, customers renewing their half-fare travelcard or GA travelcard have received the new SwissPass card. The SwissPass shows a photo and the name and date of birth of the owner, but no longer includes the type and validity of the subscription, which means that all transport companies have had to introduce a new inspection system. PostBus inspectors now use rugged industrial smartphones as readers. These are used to check the validity of the SwissPass using the RFID chip in the card. This inspection process takes a little more time than was previously required, so some PostBus regions have switched from inspection during boarding to self-regulation. PostBus has purchased a total of 1,500 new devices, both for itself and other transport companies. Where required, PostBus also offers a comprehensive inspection software solution. Passengers can purchase the SwissPass at the four PostBus sales points or via the website.
The SwissPass is environmentally friendly, because we renew every subscription for years on the same card.
Daniel Schlatter, Head of Swiss Market