Opportunities and trends for contactless ticketing technology

20 August 2014  •  Author(s): Claude Tetelin, Chief Technical Officer of CNRFID1 and Olivier Chavrier, Deputy Managing Director of the SCS Cluster2

Claude Tetelin, Chief Technical Officer of CNRFID1

Claude Tetelin, Chief Technical Officer of CNRFID1

It is now common for the majority of citizens around the world to use a contactless smartcard on public transportation networks. The same technology is widely used for granting access to buildings and now for payments. The new revolution comes from the fact that this technology could now be integrated into the smartphone offering a wide range of new services. Claude Tetelin, Chief Technical Officer of CNRFID1 and Olivier Chavrier, Deputy Managing Director of the SCS Cluster2, explain further.


Public transport operators are pioneers regarding the use of contactless technology. The first commercial applications using contactless technology appeared in the early-1990s in Japan. In France, contactless ticketing applications began to be used in transport in the Paris area (RATP) and others places. Today the strong improvement (miniaturisation, power consumption, cost, etc.) of contactless technology allows it to be integrated in multiple objects and can have multiple form factors.

Contactless technology can be embedded in different objects, for example: plastic card; paper (in some cities, transportation tickets are on NFC paper tickets); tablets; terminals; TPE (Electronic Payment Terminal); and laptops. ‘Form Factors’ are different and enable therefore different uses cases.

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