Spanish soccer giant FC Barcelona has signed an agreement with the R&D arm of mobile network Telefónica that will see the club's Camp Nou stadium being the first to test a wide range of leading edge mobile communications technologies.
NFC will be amongst the new technologies to be tested, SportsPro reports:
"Using mobile phones equipped with near field communication (NFC) technology, Telefónica will trial new ticket sales systems and access controls at the 99,000-seater stadium, and will create a club-branded virtual mobile operator that will use its network."
As well as NFC ticketing and a Barça-branded MVNO, the three year partnership deal will focus on the incorporation of digital tools to enhance the experience of fans at Camp Nou and the application of science to the world of sport.
Telefónica is currently conducting a large scale NFC payments and access control trial in the area around its District C headquarters in Madrid. In March, Telefónica Movistar signed an NFC collaboration agreement with Vodafone and Orange that involves the three Spanish operators working together to promote the development of mobile near field communication services in Spain.