FARA is a leading supplier of IT solutions to the public transport sector and delivers electronic ticketing and real time information systems such as fleet management, traffic management, passenger information and infotainment systems. FARA stands for innovative and integrated software solutions using standard hardware.
FARA’s customers are public transport system operators with business models that rely on the successful processing of large amounts of transactions and information. System reliability and real time information is crucial, and FARA has proven to provide some of the most competitive and technically advanced systems to clients such as the counties of Rogaland, Hedmark, Oppland and Trøndelag in Norway, as well as the Norrbotten and Kalmar counties in Sweden.
FARA’s history dates back to 1983, with the award of the first AFC contract in the county of Sør-Trøndelag, Norway to Nera Mobildata AS, a Norwegian supplier of ticketing systems primarily to ferry companies in Norway. In 1999, Q-Free ASA acquired the ticketing business of Nera. FARA ASA was formally established on the 15 December 2005, through a de-merger of the ticketing business of Q-Free ASA.
Through the acquisition of the Danish company TNC Connect A/S and the Finnish company Buscom OY in 2007, FARA gained access to complimentary technology and additional distribution in the Nordic countries. With the acquisition of the largest electronic ticketing vendor in Sweden, CPT Nordic AB, in 2008, FARA reinforced its undisputed position as the strongest provider of electronic ticketing and real time information systems in the Nordic market. Today, our partner and customer base is spread across Europe. Outside our home markets in the Nordic countries, we work with strategic partners to be closer to our customers.
In addition to project deliveries, FARA has been actively participating in the work with the Norwegian national smartcard specifications (NSD – Nortic Specification DESFire).
FARA has 80 employees in five locations and representatives across Europe. The corporate headquarter is based in Trondheim, Norway, home to Norway's most important university for technology and science, NTNU.