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    Lothian Buses to offer HCE mobile payments for public transport in Scotland

    March 17th, 2017

    PARTNER NEWS: Scottish commuters using public transport services operated by Lothian Buses will soon be able to pay for their journeys using a host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payment service powered by Nevis Technologies,… More

    IBM’s Watson integrates Visa Token Service to enable tokenized payments on connected devices

    February 16th, 2017

    IBM is to integrate Visa Token Service into its Watson IoT cognitive technology platform to enable payments to be embedded into “any device connected to the Internet of Things (IoT)”, with all of IBM’s Watson… More

    Bluetooth rail ticketing service to include biometrics?

    February 7th, 2017

    Fingerprint and iris scanning technology “could eventually” be incorporated into a Bluetooth and geolocation-based ticketing service to be piloted by UK rail firm Chiltern Railways in July 2017. The proposal from Rail Delivery Group aims to help in “reducing delays and increasing the number of passengers through the gates at busy times”.

    Rail passengers pilot Bluetooth and geolocation service for ticket-free travel

    January 23rd, 2017

    Passengers on UK rail company Chiltern Railways will soon be able to travel without tickets using a service integrating a mobile app with Bluetooth and geolocation services, which will track commuters throughout their journey, give… More

    Apple Pay offer for Moscow rail passengers

    December 20th, 2016

    Passengers using the Moscow Central Ring rail line can now pay for journeys using Apple Pay at ticket offices, ticket machines and through turnstiles. Free travel is offered for users of the mobile payments service every Monday throughout December 2016. “I’m sure that thanks to Apple Pay the number of passengers using innovative payment services will increase significantly,” says deputy mayor Maxim Liksutov. Apple Pay launched in Russia in October 2016, supported by Mastercard and Sberbank.

    Swiss railway to sell Bitcoin at 1,000 ticket machines

    November 2nd, 2016

    Swiss commuters will soon be able to buy Bitcoin at more than 1,000 ticket machines belonging to the country’s national railway service SBB from November 11, under a deal between SBB and payment and distribution services provider SweePay. “SBB is a distribution partner of SweePay and is providing the ticket machines as a distribution channel,” SBB says. “Customers need to identify themselves using their mobile telephone number to purchase Bitcoin at the SBB ticket machines. The maximum amount is fixed at CHF 500 (US$514) per transaction.”

    Translink announces contactless ticketing for Northern Ireland

    September 6th, 2016

    Public transport operator Translink has announced plans for contactless payments across its bus and rail services in Northern Ireland. The move comes as part of a £45m (US$60m) investment by the Northern Ireland Executive and will, says Translink,… More

    Rail operator to trial BLE payment

    September 5th, 2016

    UK railway operator Chiltern Railways is to pilot an automatic fare payment system to detect when a passenger boards a train and exits a station. The initiative will utilize smartphones and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons, the company confirmed to NFC World, and deduct fees from passenger bank accounts when journeys are completed. The trial is expected to begin in December 2016.

    LTA signs up Mastercard for account-based contactless ticketing in Singapore

    July 26th, 2016

    Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has signed a partnership agreement with Mastercard to begin piloting a new account-based ticketing system that will let commuters pay for their train and bus journeys using their existing contactless debit and credit cards. More

    Cancer charity lets supporters use advertising screens to donate to daffodil campaign

    March 16th, 2016

    Supporters of cancer charity Institut Curie can make donations to its annual Une Jonquille pour Curie (A daffodil for Curie) campaign and purchase a daffodil or a pin by touching their contactless cards against specially adapted advertising screens at France’s Paris Saint-Lazare train station. More

    US transit association to collaborate with NFC Forum

    February 17th, 2016

    The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is to work with the NFC Forum to “jointly educate the industry on near field communication (NFC) technologies supporting the needs of public transportation operators”. APTA has 1,500 members from all sectors of the public transportation market including bus, subway and railway operators.

    Ireland looks to NFC payments for public transport

    February 11th, 2016

    Commuters on Dublin Bus and Iarnród Éireann rail services may soon be able to pay for transport with a tap of an NFC device under plans put forward by public transport operator CIÉ. “Plans published by CIÉ show that it wants to upgrade its IT systems to accommodate new forms of payments, including Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Stripe,” Independent.ie reports. “The semi-state transport company is also eyeing alternative payment systems such as Android Pay, MasterPass and Visa Checkout.”

    Rail passengers pilot mobile ticketing at 230 UK stations

    February 2nd, 2016

    Technology that will enable rail passengers in the UK to travel across the country using a barcoded mobile ticket sent directly to their smartphone is undergoing pilot testing at 230 railway stations in the north of England, Scotland and the Midlands. More

    More than 3m London journeys made using a mobile device in second half of 2015

    January 28th, 2016

    More than 3.2m journeys across London’s transport network were made using mobile devices in the second half of 2015, Transport for London (TfL) has revealed, and over 35,000 journeys a day are now being made using a mobile device. More

    Metrolink to deploy mobile ticketing across Southern California

    January 26th, 2016

    Passengers on Southern California’s Metrolink rail system will soon be able to pay for tickets on their smartphone and validate them at barcode readers on station turnstiles. The service will use Masabi’s JustRide platform and will be deployed in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, as well as Oceanside in San Diego County. “Mobile tickets will be made available for travel across all of Metrolink’s seven lines and nearly 60 stations by the fall,” Masabi says.

    Chicago commuters make 1m mobile journeys

    January 25th, 2016

    The Ventra mobile ticketing app introduced by Chicago’s Metra commuter rail service in November 2015 has been used by passengers on more than one million journeys in its first two months. “Since it debuted on November 19, the app has been downloaded by more than 250,000 people,” Metra says. “The app has so far been used to buy 221,000 Metra tickets, and those mobile tickets have now been used to pay for 1m rides.”

    Visa contactless hits million-trips-a-day landmark in London

    January 14th, 2016

    Visa cardholders made more than a million contactless journeys on London’s transport network on a single day in the lead up to Christmas, Visa Europe has revealed. “In December alone, Visa Europe saw a 166% annual… More

    UK moves towards contactless and NFC ticketing across its public transport network

    January 12th, 2016

    Passengers across the UK may soon be able to use standard contactless cards and NFC phones to pay for their bus and train journeys under a new national framework developed by The UK Cards Association… More

    East London commuters get free bPay wristbands for tap-to-pay travel

    November 3rd, 2015

    Train operator c2c, which runs rail services for commuters across London, Southend and Essex, is offering a free Barclaycard bPay contactless payment wristband to 8,000 selected local rail passengers in East London and Thurrock to enable them to access cheaper rail travel by tapping to pay with their wrist. More

    TfL records 180m contactless journeys

    September 16th, 2015

    More than 180m journeys have been made using contactless payments on London’s transport network in the first year since its launch, Transport for London (TfL) has revealed. “One in seven of all contactless transactions in the UK now take place on London transport,” TfL says. “Over 375,000 contactless journeys are made on Tube and Rail services and 250,000 on London buses every day.”

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