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Archive: Transit & Ticketing

Hands on: The Lumia 610, Nokia’s first Windows NFC phone

April 11th, 2012

Nokia has unveiled an NFC version of its Lumia 610 Windows Phone at the Wima show in Monaco, announced that Orange will be the first operator to stock it from the middle of this year — and reconfirmed its commitment to include NFC “right across our portfolio”.  More

Grenoble builds NFC system

April 4th, 2012

Grenoble is to get a local NFC payments system, reports The French city is sinking €1.3m into Mobi’Alpes, which will allow citizens and visitors with NFC phones to pay tram fares, follow tourist trails and even pay for ski passes. The system, being developed by the City of Grenoble, transportation operator SMTC and the local tourism office, is expected to go live in late 2014.

UL acquires Collis

April 3rd, 2012

NFC and secure transaction testing and advisory firm Collis has been acquired by UL, a safety science company with 9,000 employees in more than 100 countries. “The addition positions UL as the world’s first global provider of end-to-end transaction security, interoperability and conformance evaluation and advisory services for the mobile, payment card, e-ticketing and ID management sectors,” says UL.

2012 NFC Global Competition finalists announced

March 26th, 2012

The NFC Forum and Wima have announced the finalists for their jointly-run Tap Into Innovation: NFC Global Competition 2012. This year’s competition attracted three times as many entries as the previous contest in 2010, the organisers… More

Cipurse SDK now available

March 26th, 2012

A software development kit (SDK) for the Cipurse open transit ticketing standard, developed by the OSPT Alliance, is now available. “The Cipurse SDK enables developers to quickly bring a wide range of solutions to market that address the need for advanced security while offering unmatched implementation flexibility,” says the OSPT’s Laurent Cremer. “We eagerly anticipate a wave of innovation in transit fare collection systems.”

Survey: Half of US commuters would use their mobile phone for transit payments

March 20th, 2012

The introduction of open loop “tap and go” payments could cut commuting time by nearly an hour a week, a survey conducted for MasterCard has found, and 47% of commuters would be willing to use their mobile phone to make transit payments. More

Harman uses NFC to personalise the driving experience

March 13th, 2012

The in-car entertainment specialist has integrated an NFC-driven personalised dashboard into a Dock+Go concept car, enabling drivers to automatically set seating and entertainment preferences — and make travel bookings on the go without having to stop to enter card details. More

Juniper: NFC to reach US$74bn

March 12th, 2012

Juniper Research forecasts that NFC will facilitate transactions valued at US$74bn by 2015, as the technology is increasingly used for the payment of goods instore and for transport tickets. Whilst mobile couponing still represents the smallest mobile commerce segment, the analysts add, it is demonstrating the highest growth rate.

M-Tel to test NFC in Bulgaria

March 9th, 2012

Bulgarian mobile network operator M-Tel is to begin a six month NFC payments pilot in May 2012, in conjunction with First Investment Bank, and hopes to begin commercial services this year. M-Tel is also investigating the potential for NFC public transportation ticketing.

Delhi Metro tests NFC

March 6th, 2012

Indian mass transportation operator Delhi Metro Railway Corporation has “started experimenting with NFC-enabled cell phones” for ticketing, reports The Times of India. 1.6 million commuters ride the Delhi Metro’s 190km network every day.

RIM video brings NFC to life

March 2nd, 2012

Blackberry maker RIM has produced a short film to show consumers some of the ways using an NFC smartphone can change their lives. NFC payments, physical and logical access control, ticketing, and retail loyalty applications are shown in the video, which has been watched over 200,000 times since it was posted on YouTube two days ago.

Barcelona moves to NFC ticketing

February 29th, 2012

The city of Barcelona, which is already converting to mobile contactless payments, also plans to introduce NFC for public transportation ticketing, the city council has announced.

Chile explores m-transit

February 28th, 2012

Chile’s Minister of Transport and Telecommunications is attending the Mobile World Congress this week to investigate the potential for introducing mobile transportation ticketing within the next few months, Chilean publication Emol reports. Plans call for requirements to be defined by April 2012 so that initial deployments can begin in June or July this year.

Telecom Italia to test NFC in Milan

February 27th, 2012

The Italian mobile network operator is to work with French technology cluster Pole SCS on the development of a range of innovative NFC services which will be introduced first in the city of Milan from later this year. More

Gemalto launches high security NFC SIM

February 27th, 2012

The new UpTeq NFC SIM meets a flight of top level security requirements and, says the digital security firm, can be used to generate legally binding digital signatures as well as deliver both e-health and e-government services. More

Visa announces ‘one stop’ card provisioning service for NFC mobile phones

February 27th, 2012

“Financial institutions, mobile network operators, and even transit operators now have a simple, secure process to activate payment applications at scale and make mobile payments part of everyday life for consumers around the world,” says Visa’s head of mobile products. More

Vodafone to roll out mobile payments with Visa

February 27th, 2012

The telecoms giant, which has 400m customers in more than thirty countries, is working with Visa to introduce a global Vodafone Mobile Wallet. Subscribers in Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey and the UK will be the first to get the new service, beginning this financial year. More

NXP joins Japan’s move to NFC

February 26th, 2012

The chip maker has followed Samsung in announcing it will work with FeliCa Networks to develop solutions that allow phones to work with both NFC and Japan’s existing Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet service. More

Morpho checks in for MWC

February 23rd, 2012

ID systems specialist Morpho is to show off NFC solutions in a virtual airport terminal at the Mobile World Congress. The demonstration, using products from Morpho’s SIMply NFC Evolution family, starts with a traveler ordering a train ticket and then checking in using a mobile phone. This will be followed by a secure airport check-in using an NFC device.

EMT begins NFC bus ticketing trial in Malaga

February 22nd, 2012

Public transportation operator EMT has begun an NFC ticketing pilot in the city of Malaga, the fifth largest in Spain, in conjunction with mobile network operator Orange. The first one hundred users went live earlier this month… More

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