Transport for NSW. OPAL® Card Ticketing Readers



4DESIGN were engaged by Transport for NSW to design some of the Opal® card ticketing readers. These modern and attractive column style devices will be installed across the transport network and used by Opal® card holders to tap on or tap off the transport network. Another style of reader to be installed on buses was also designed. 4DESIGN were able to work with Transport for NSW to balance and deliver a design that addressed all requirements from the various stakeholders including Sydney Ferries, RailCorp and State Transit. The column style Opal® card readers are already in use at some ferry wharves.


Ease of maintenance, durability and ease of use were all major considerations in the design and engineering development of this equipment. High quality corrosion resistant stainless steel, non reflective glass, lighting, flexibility in orientation and size were just a few key elements to the design. Prototypes were produced by 4DESIGN for testing.

Transport for NSW _Opal Card Reader at Neutral Bay wharf
Photography courtesy of Transport for NSW
Opal® Card Swipe
Photography courtesy of Transport for NSW
Opal® Mobile Card Reader on Buses
Photography courtesy of Transport for NSW



Opal® Concepts



Opal® Swipe Terminal Model
Conceptual foam models to evaluate size, shape and design early in the development process