The NYC MetroCard Refill Machine
(MRM) is designe
d to add fare value
to magnetic-stripe, stored-value MetroCard
s. If the NYC Transit Authority
decides to add contactless smart card
s in the future, the MRM can be retrofit
ted to service
The MRM is used by passengers to transfer a monetary value from a credit or debit card to their MetroCard. The MRM can also transfer remaining values to MetroCards. Additional functions include checking a MetroCard for current value and status.
Since the MRM does not accept cash, there are less worries about security. The MRM provides a low-cost method to service passengers in crowded stations. The maintenance cost is very low because there are very few moving parts in the system. The components are modular for fast maintenance turn-around. The MRM is built for harsh environments, and they can be placed so they meet the Americans with Disabilities Act specifications.
The passengers interface with the MRM using an intuitive display. The cabinet, buttons and bezels are designed to withstand an assault.
Cabinet 14-gauge stainless steel
Pedestal, pillar or wall mount
Payment Methods MetroCard with remaining value
Credit and debit cards
Displays Graphic LCD with LED backlighting
Security Intrusion alarm
Magnetic and optical switches
Monitored encrypted communication link
Reliability 30,000 mean cycles before failure
0.5 hour mean time to repair
Internal UPS Supports conclusion of current
Environmental -10°F to +120°F, operating
20 to 97% humidity, non-condensing