Augsburg's City Card is a showcase of the possibilities of the LEGIC Security Platform. With the KAROCARD, Augsburg city services established an innovative project which enables commercial partners to work together to integrate multiple services in one contactless card. Today, citizens of Augsburg are able to use their card for public transportation, paying for food, renting a bike, charging electrical vehicles and taking advantage of special offers in shops.
Augsburg is the second oldest town in Germany and as such has nurtured a host of important historical characters who have made history in a variety of fields. Jakob Fugger, Leopold Mozart, Bert Brecht and Rudolf Diesel, all former Augsburg residents, changed the world with their creative power and inventive genius. The Augsburg City Card provided by the City of Augsburg is a modern example of inventiveness and technological creativity. Augsberg has always stood for innovation, e.g. the first bus fleet in Germany to be powered fully on organic natural gas, one of the biggest district heating networks, a model in the protection of natural drinking water and, of course, the Augsburg City Card concept.
Providing vital public services
As the third-largest utility company in Bavaria, the well-being of the town’s citizens is of the utmost importance to the 1800 employees of Augsburg City Services. It supplies around 350,000 people with power, drinking water and transport services around the clock.
Advantages for service providers
- Differentiation: The added-value of Augsburg City Services are clearly visible to customers via the KAROCARD
- Customer loyalty: The convenient services provided by the KAROCARD increases customer loyalty
- Multi-application: Partners can quickly add additional services on the same card such as ePayment, eTicketing, bike rental etc.
- Flexible expansion: Thanks to LEGIC's open technology platform, new partners can easily join the project at any time
Win-win-win with the City Card Augsburg
With the Augsburg City Card, the city is pursuing an innovation that is unique in Germany as well as in Europe. The multiple application capability of the KAROCARD allows other third-party providers to participate, a win-win-win situation for all.
The KAROCARD – the free customer card of Augsburg combines five functions in one card: discout card, ePayment card, electronic ticket, bike hire and electric mobility card.
The KAROCARD has been successfully used as discount card in the region since 2003.
Since 2008, the card has been equipped with a LEGIC advant smartcard IC for partner services and eTicketing.
In 2009, the KAROpay ePayment function was subsequently enabled. Then, in 2010, the eCharging station and bike hire functions were added. Around 91,500 people now actively use KAROCARD.
"We have the possibility of a multi-application solution thanks to LEGI's advant technology. Our KAROCARD customer card is versatile and extensible. With LEGIC, we have the right partner, and our customers appreciate it."
Jürgen Weidenbacher, Process and Applications Manager, Stadtwerke Augsburg Energie GmbH
Enabling instant discounts
Ideal for bargain hunters: around 2000 commercial partners offer advantages upon presentation of the KAROCARD. This may be for shopping, leisure activities and other attractions.
Ticketing for the local public transport system
Helping people on the move: public transport subscriptions are stored on the KAROCARD which can then be used as an eTicket for buses and trams.
Light on the purse: as a cashless payment system, the KAROCARD can be used to buy snacks and drinks at the Augsburg football stadium. With the PREpaid function, the card can be easily re-charged.
Electric mobility and bike hire
Modern mobility: with Augsburg’s multi-application card, electric cars, scooters and bikes can be charged up at stations throughout the city. KAROCARD holders can also hire bikes.
Augsburg city services is working on additional innovations including a POSTpaid cashless payment system: the KAROCARD will store a cardholder's account which allows an invoice to be generated detailing the card usage during the period.
LEGIC advant is a cutting-edge transponder technology consisting of ICs for smartcards, key rings, watches, etc. Transponder applets can also be used as "virtualized" chips stored on JAVA cards.
LEGIC security modules are compatible with all common RF standards, NFC and Bluetooth. Their compact design and low energy consumption makes them the perfect choice for wide range of ID solutions.
The LEGIC Security Platform is used in a wide range of application areas requiring automated high-security such as Enterprise access control, Industrial IoT, Mobility and Smart City applications.