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Trenitalia Passeggeri chooses MEI Banknote Recycler technology for its network

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Self-service ticket vending machines, with MEI “BNR BANKNOTE RECYCLER”
technology, enhance the Trenitalia network

Following the successful implementation of 500 new generation ticket vending machines into the Trenitalia Passeggeri National and International sales division, each equipped with the MEI “BNR banknote recycling” payment system, Sigma S.p.a., leader in the design and manufacture of automated self-service solutions, will finalize the delivery of further 1300 units of the new ticket vending machines for the Trenitalia Regionale Division. The new machines will again be equipped with the MEI “BNR Banknote Recycler” system, the innovative modular solution for banknote validation and recycling valued, by Trenitalia, for bringing a significant cost reduction to the operations (empty and refill) and for the excellent reliability.

The unique features of the MEI BNR “banknote recycler” have directly contributed to a 45% reduction in the number of interventions to empty and refill the cash in each machine by the Trenitalia team of
operators along with contributing to reduce the acquisition costs of supplying coins and banknotes used to stock the machines for change by an estimated 30%”. “At the start of the project, the base requirements of Trenitalia were extremely high and consequently we were challenged to design a selfservice ticket vending machine that was ground breaking”, proudly recalls Fabio Balacco, responsible for the infomobility division at Sigma S.p.a.

“We are very pleased to have contributed to significant and quantifiable business savings for Trenitalia and recognize the efforts by our partner, Sigma S.p.a., in designing a solution that  represents the pinnacle of excellence and reliability” added Christian Ielo, Sales Manager of MEI Inc. Geneva, Transport and Parking division.

About Trenitalia (
Trenitalia is one of the main railway operators in Europe. Daily managing over 9000 trains
and the transportation every year, of more than half a billion passengers plus 80 million tons
of freight. The company guarantees quality services to meet, at Italian and European levels,
the customer needs for mobility and the market requirements, whilst ensuring the highest
standards of safety and implementing development plans and modernization, respecting
social and environmental sustainability.

About Sigma S.p.a. (
Sigma is one of the leading European players in the design, production, installation and on
site of self-service solutions and automation and control systems for the transportation, banking and public administration markets. Sigma products, since 1987 when the first machine ‘Bancobol’ was created for the automated payment of phone bills, have often represented the first example of self-service innovation of transactions that were previously not automated.

About MEI Inc. (www.meibnr-transport;
MEI systems are relied upon for more than 2 billion transactions per week in over 100 countries. The company developed the first electronic coin mechanism in the 1960s followed by the first electronic bill acceptor, and more recently the EASITRAX Soft Count system. Recently, MEI reached a milestone of selling more than four million bill acceptors and five million coin mechanisms worldwide. Its products are in widespread use in the transportation, parking gaming, vending, soft drink, amusement, retail, and kiosk markets. For more information on MEI and its products, visit and