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  • Editing Team 18:24 on January 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Transit Ticketing to Go live in Chicago and Washington 

    NFC-transit-ticketing-Chicago-Washington-rfid-blogTransportation authorities have announced the use of NFC payments in Chicago and Washington DC in the coming years, which means passengers in the two cities will be able to use their NFC phones to pay for the tickets. New York is also to get contactless transit cards, but it’s not yet known whether NFC phone payments will also be supported.

    The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is currently testing an NFC mobile ticketing solution that will work on both trains and buses. The test is being conducted with a limited number of the NFC devices currently on the market. No date has yet been set for when the service will go live but “an announcement could come later this year,” the CTA says.

    The other city, Washington, is upgrading its existing fare payment system for more payment options including NFC mobile payments, EMV chip-enabled bank cards and federal government ID cards.

    “The new technology will provide more flexibility for accounts, better reliability for riders and real choices for customers to use bank-issued payment cards, credit cards, ID cards, or mobile phones to pay their Metro fares,” says Metro general manager and CEO Richard Sarles.

    In New York, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is to go live with a replacement for its current MetroCard system in 2019. The new ticketing system will use contactless NFC or RFID cards, produced and distributed by a third party, and is designed to save the MTA money as well as eliminate swipe errors.

  • Editing Team 15:36 on October 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Octopus Partners with PCCW-HKT to Pilot NFC Payments in Hong Kong 

    Octopus-PCCW-HKT-pilot-NFC-payments-Hong-Kong-rfid-blogOctopus, contactless transportation ticketing and stored value payments provider in Hong Kong, is working with mobile network operator PCCW-HKT to conduct a mobile payments pilot. The pilot uses Octopus Mobile SIMs — NFC-enabled SIM cards compatible with Sony FeliCa contactless card technology.

    Customers taking part in the pilot will be able to use an NFC phone to access the same service as those offered by conventional Octopus cards and products, by installing a FeliCa-based Octopus applet on a new Upteg NFC SIM card and then inserting the SIM into their NFC phone.

    With the new service, customers can pay for journeys on all of Hong Kong’s public transportation systems, including the metro, rail, bus, ferry, coach and tram, as well as pay for fares on minibuses and taxis that accept Octopus. They will also be able to make payments at retail stores as well as purchase entrance tickets at selected entertainment venues. Drivers will also be able to pay for their parking using their NFC phones.

    The service also allows customers to make transactions without opening an app and to track their balance and access their transaction history on their phone.

    An initial 5,000 Octopus Mobile SIMs are being made available for the pilot. Customers who purchase a Sony Xperia V, Z, ZR, Z Ultra (3G), Z Ultra (LTE) or Z1 smartphone on contract with PCCW-HKT will have the usual HK$100 (US$12.90) activation fee waived “while stocks last”.

  • Editing Team 16:57 on September 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Dubai Deploys NFC Mobile Ticketing Service 


    Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has developed a new service which enables public transportation users to use NFC-enabled phones to purchase and store tickets for use on Dubai’s subway, buses and water bus services.

    Starting next week, the Smart Nol mobile ticketing service will be available to customers of two mobile network operators, Etisalat and Du. The launch follows a pilot test conducted last year.

    The service is based on Dubai’s existing Nol transit card, a stored value card that can be topped up with funds at ticket offices, ticket vending machines, sales agents and RTA customer service centers. Customers wishing to use the service will be able to obtain an NFC-SIM card at Etisalat locations and Du business centers from 29th September.

    “We are providing this service for NFC-enabled mobile phone users via a special SIM card to use Nol services for public transport and in future for micropayments in UAE,” Abdulla Ali Al Madani, the RTA’s CEO says. “Customers will have similar experience to Nol cards and there is no major change in using it.”

    “Currently we have more than six million Nol cards and we are expecting good adaptation from our customer base since UAE has a good number of NFC-enabled handsets. By virtue of this pivotal service, you can use your NFC phone to check in and check out at the metro stations, public bus and water bus as well as reload and check your Nol balance”, he added.

  • Editing Team 11:47 on August 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    3D-printed RFID Rings to Replace Fare Cards in Boston 


    Fare cards can be annoying, for they’re usually flimsy and easy-to-lose. A group of students from MIT have integrated high-tech solution into the system while making it fashionable to wear.

    The Sesame Ring borrows design elements from the MIT class ring. These 3D-printed rings are implanted with RFID tags so all you need to do is tap them against the sensor when you’re running for the train. And because they’re 3D-printed, you can customize the color and the design down to the pattern on the ring face.

    The rings can be refilled at the kiosk. They are already integrated on the entire MBTA (the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) system in Boston, though the team of MIT students plans to spread the technology around the world.

    The Sesame Ring is already being used by a bunch of folks affiliated with the project in Boston, and a new batch will soon arrive to hundreds of backers on Kickstarter. In the near future, the team hopes the rings won’t just be used on public transit. They’re inviting backers to vote on other uses for the rings.

  • Editing Team 16:05 on July 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Strasbourg Deploys NFC Ticketing Service 

    Strasbourg-NFC-ticketing-service-rfid-blogTransit operator CTS has launched an NFC mobile ticketing service on public transport in the French city of Strasbourg, working with mobile network operators Orange, Bouygues Telecom, SFR and NRJ Mobile.

    With the new U’Go mobile application, passengers can buy either monthly or daily tickets for bus and tram journeys in the area. Payments of up to €15 are charged to the user’s mobile phone bill. For payments higher than €15, users are required to enter their bank card details to complete the purchase.

    NFC tags have been located in tram stations and attached to ticketing machines on buses in the region. Customers can tap their phones against the tags to validate their prepaid ticket before travelling. Passengers must have a mobile data connection to use the system. The system also allows users to validate mobile tickets for up to 24 hours after their battery goes flat or while their phone is turned off.

    The U’Go app is now available for Orange subscribers to download from the network’s Cityzi app store, and availability on other networks is set to follow.

  • Editing Team 15:13 on July 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Sumas NEXUS Lane to Accept RFID Documents during Peak Periods 

    Sumas-NEXUS-lane-RFID-blogThe NEXUS lane at the Sumas border crossing is now accepting those with radio frequency identification documents, known as RFID, during certain hours.

    The lane will be only for NEXUS pass holders from 8 to 11 a.m. weekdays. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, it will operate as a “Ready Lane,” according to Customs and Border Protection.

    The Ready Lane will accept NEXUS and RFID documents such as a U.S. passport, Global Entry card or Enhanced Driver’s License. In order to use the lane, your document must have RFID.

    The changes are being made to better accommodate commuter traffic, especially during peak periods, according to CBP.

  • Editing Team 23:43 on March 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Taiwanese City Replaces Metal Manhole Covers with RFID Cement Slabs 

    Taipei-metal-manhole-cover-cement-slab-RFID-blogCity workers in Taipei are replacing metal manhole covers with cement slabs buried beneath the road’s surface. With RFID technology, they can easily locate those manholes at a later date. This makes roads safer for scooters and other vehicles.

    Approximately 20% of Taipei’s manholes have been paved over since the project began in 2009. The goal of the Taiwanese federal government is to replace all metal manhole covers across the entire island with buried versions made of cement, and to include an RFID tag with each cover, to be read when necessary by road or utility workers using handheld readers.

    The project uses RFID tags, handheld readers and software that manages RFID-read data and stores each manhole’s GPS coordinates, as well as its tag’s unique ID number, to be viewed by staff members. So far, approximately 35,000 of Taipei’s 175,000 manholes now have buried RFID-enabled covers.

    Statistics from Taiwan Ministry of Transportation Department have shown that in 2008, the quality of the roadway—which can include the slick, uneven surface created by metal manholes—contributed to 17.3 accidents per month. In 2009, Taipei was the first Taiwanese city to launch a system intended to address this problem. The aim is to produce a smooth, even road surface with no exposed metal manhole covers that can create breaks in the asphalt and pose a slippery surface causing tires to slide. To accomplish this goal, the city needed to pave over the manholes. However, when utility workers need to access the holes, they must be able to find them, and that requires RFID technology.

    The city had several requirements. It needed an RFID tag that could be read through the road’s surface, and that would pose no environmental hazard. Moreover, the city rejected the idea of a system that employed RFID readers installed on vehicles to accomplish the reads, and did not want its workers to have to bend over the road to bring the handheld interrogator close enough to read the tags. Therefore, they use an external reader antenna in the form of a wand long enough that workers could plug it into a handheld device and walk over the road without bending over, interrogating any tags embedded beneath the surface.

  • Editing Team 18:03 on February 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Results of Malaga NFC Ticketing Trial Released by Orange 

    Orange-Malaga-NFC-ticketing-trial-results-rfid-blogLast February, Orange has worked with EMT to begin a 10-month NFC ticketing pilot in the Spanish city Malaga. Recently Orange has released the results of the test.

    “The extremely conclusive results of this initial test show that the possibility of purchasing and validating transport tickets using a mobile phone is on the verge of becoming a commercial reality,” says Orange. “The ability to top-up your ticket immediately using your mobile phone, anytime and anywhere, as well as being able to store everything on your handset and the user-friendliness of the service, all got the thumbs up.”

    About 110 people participated in the pre-commercial pilot. They were able to use an NFC-enabled phone as their transport ticket on any EMT Malaga bus, all of which were equipped to handle NFC transactions, using an EMT-Orange mobile wallet. NFC tags were also installed at more than 700 bus stops, informing passengers of how soon the next bus will arrive.

    All of the trial’s participants were frequent public transport users. 48% were women, and 52% were men. 88% of users were aged between 20 and 40.

    Key findings from the pilot, Orange says, included:

    ■Participants used NFC tickets for more than 7,500 journeys during the 10 month trial.

    ■The NFC tags at bus stops were used more than 3,000 times during the pilot.

    ■The average score given to the service was 8.2 out of 10.

    ■82% of participants felt that this system was better than the current subscription-based system, and 88% felt that it was a good way to be able to pay for their journeys.

    ■94% would like to continue using the system, and have already recommended it to their friends and family.

    ■49% of top-ups were made outside of ticket office opening hours.

    ■Despite the pre-commercial nature of the experiment, with a success rate of over 99% for ticket cancellations and more than 98% for top-ups, the service proved reliable.

    ■The main areas for improvement concern the expansion of the service to smartphones and increasing the range of tickets available.

    Oberthur, Indra, Samsung and Transermobile worked with Orange and EMT Málaga on the project.

  • Editing Team 09:19 on December 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Mobile Payment Technology Comes to London Buses 

    London-buses-NFC-mobile-payment-rfid-blogThe use of NFC technology for making mobile payments have just received a notable boost as London announced that the city’s 8,500 buses would now be accepting payments through NFC, which means passengers can swipe a debit or credit card to pay, as well as use a charge card through a mobile NFC reader.

    Stagecoach began installing the readers for NFC mobile transaction back in 2009. Transport for London (TFL) is also using the Oyster smartcard program, which uses another form of technology called RFID.

    The buses that already have the Oyster card reader have been upgraded to accept NFC mobile payments as of December 12th. This will allow the vehicles to receive payments in both the old and the new methods. NFC-enabled Smartphones are also expected to be compatible.

    Users are cautioned not to simply use their wallet against the NFC mobile reader if they have more than one enabled card. This could cause them to both be simultaneously rejected. Oyster card users received an email that warned them “If you present two cards together, the reader will normally reject them both.” This is a security precaution against double billing the passenger.

    TFL has explained that it intends to use the NFC mobile technology on the busses first, but that it also plans to bring the payment method to the London Underground networks at some time in the future.

    The hope is that this development on the London public transportation system will help to build on the awareness and adoption of NFC mobile contactless payment methods, so that more companies and other systems will use it as well. This technology should help to speed up the process of paying for fare.

  • Editing Team 12:49 on October 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Public Transportation Payment Soon to Enter Dubai 

    Du-NFC-payment-public-transportation-UAE-rfid-blogDu has partnered with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to bring NFC payment for public transportation to the United Arab Emirates.

    With the launch of this service in the near future, Du’s customers will enjoy the convenience of tapping their mobile devices to pay for their transportation. They will also be able to manage RTA services through a user-friendly mobile app which can be easily downloaded onto their smartphone.

    To use the service, customers must have an NFC-enabled device and an NFC-SIM card — where a virtual RTA NOL card will be embedded. An announcement on the availability of NFC-SIM cards at Du Shops will be made at a later date.

    “We are constantly looking for new ways in which we can bring further convenience and added value into our customers’ lives, beyond merely offering traditional telecoms services. By presenting this demonstration of NFC, we are providing them with a new, secure and accessible way in which to conduct their daily transactions, starting with our partnership with the RTA,” said Farid Faraidooni, Chief Commercial Officer, Du. “The consolidation of multiple functions into a single device is the future of communications. We are delighted to embrace this technology and to be able to offer it to our customers soon.”

    The potential for NFC applications expands beyond the ability to pay for public transportation alone. It provides a new platform of interaction between mobile users and their environment, and can be applied in many purchasing situations and more.

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