Corethree and First Group team up to deliver mobile ticketing with Google Pay

Mobile ticketing firm, Corethree, and bus operator, First Group, have teamed up with ITSO Transit Hub, Google Pay and Ticketer to deliver NFC ITSO-on-Mobile ticketing with Google Pay. The service is being trialled under as a pilot scheme in Glasgow and will be rolled out across the First Group network, consisting of more than 1.6 million passengers.

The joint venture will allow First Bus passenger tickets to be created and fulfilled by ITSO Transit Hub’s cloud-based ticketing service and then stored in Google Pay, allowing passengers to validate their journey by simply tapping on NFC-compatible readers – such as the existing on-board Ticketer ETMs – or ticket gates. The solution leverages Corethree’s Core Engine platform to provide a modern, frictionless mobile ticketing experience.

This collaboration marks the dawn of a new way to travel as it will enable our passengers to simply tap their Android smartphone on any contactless reader to validate their journey, through Google Pay they regularly use for their other digital cards. We look forward to working closely with our long-term partner Corethree, ITSO Transit Hub, the Google team and Ticketer to conduct a successful pilot and bring the offering to the masses

Dave Lynch, CIO, First Group


This project shows how our Core Engine platform is the ideal choice for transport operators to modernise and innovate their offerings, to provide the best travel experience for millions of customers and keep up with the latest trends in lifestyle. With smart digital cards showing no signs of abating and the appetite for customers to rely on their smartphones for virtually any aspect of their daily lives, we expect this solution to grow in demand.

Ashley Murdoch, CEO and Founder, Corethree