Ticketing of the future

13 June 2007  •  Author(s): ET

In 2005 Finnish company Fara Oy (formerly Buscom Oy) developed a new mobile solution that enabled public transport users to load serial and period cards to their mobile. When entering a vehicle the mobile is shown to a card validator in the same way as smart cards are and the reader deducts the balance as defined in the charge. The new mobile solution has been trialled successfully on buses in the city of Oulu, Finland and the feedback has been positive. It now looks like mobile ticketing is set to take off.

The mobile ticketing system works using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. According to ‘The NFC Forum’, a non-profit industry association that promotes the use of NFC short-range wireless interaction in consumer electronics, mobile devices and PCs: “NFC is a new, short-range wireless connectivity technology that evolved from a combination of existing contactless identification and interconnection technologies.”

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