Near Field Communications (NFC) - Articles and news items

The future of fare collection

Webinars, Z homepage promo  •  4 November 2016  •  Masabi

In this webinar our expert panel reviewed the range of ticketing trends currently taking place and we heard first hand from transport operators tackling some of the industry’s most challenging issues…

Connected commuter: the next generation of passenger satisfaction

Webinars, Z homepage promo  •  22 June 2016  •  LILEE Systems

In this webinar, we discuss the transformation of operations and passenger services through the application of innovative technology for real-time broadband communications…

IoT solutions enable the power of data-driven transportation

Webinars, Z homepage promo  •  15 June 2016  •  Kontron

Making informed IoT enabled transportation decisions regarding the implementation, evolution, and integration of rail solutions, so municipalities can take advantage of the power of data-driven transportation. In this webinar, experts at Kontron will address these tough issues to ensure your solution is application-ready saving yourself time and money…

Meeting rising transport ticketing challenges: Why open standards are a prerequisite for future-proof system upgrades

Webinars, Z homepage promo  •  26 May 2016  •  Infineon Technologies

The Transport ticketing market is about to experience the undisputable advantages of open standards and how to leverage the interoperability, competitive and open membership benefits of open standards to meet current and future challenges like higher security and successful multi-application implementations. The webinar shows why open standards are a prerequisite for future-proof system upgrades and how easily they can be integrated…

APTA signs agreement to promote NFC technology on public transport

Industry news  •  17 February 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the NFC Forum have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to promote and support the use of NFC technology on public transport.

Multi applications & the future of transport ticketing

Webinars  •  29 April 2015  •  Infineon & Deutsche Telekom

In this webinar, Infineon, accompanied by Deutsche Telekom, identify the major trends & challenges ahead for transport ticketing technology, demonstrating the need for truly open standards…

Integrating a new transport ticketing system with a Smart City

Webinars  •  31 March 2015  •  Connecthings Spain, Indra & Smart Mobility

In this webinar we discuss transport ticketing smart cards, smart city smart cards, mobile NFC devices and software development kits…

Contactless bank card success on London buses

Issue 4 2013  •  22 August 2013  •  Shashi Verma, Director of Customer Experience at Transport for London (TfL)

Shashi Verma, Director of Customer Experience at Transport for London (TfL) speaks to Eurotransport to give an update on how the first phase of the network’s contactless bank card roll-out has gone so far on London’s 8,500 buses. When we last interviewed you about the project1 it was some time before the bus launch. Can you remind us why TfL is adopting contactless payment cards?

The opportunity to use contactless payment cards (CPCs) will offer much greater convenience for our customers since they’ll be able to use a contactless debit/credit card that they already have, instead of needing to get and keep an Oyster card topped up. It’s part of our ongoing focus to improve customers’ experience of travelling in the capital.

Paying for transport should be as easy as buying a sandwich. Enabling customers to use their CPC on buses, and from early-2014 on London Underground, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London Overground and trams, removes the inconvenience of needing to top-up an Oyster card or dig around for cash before making a journey. Plus, it also makes London’s public transport far more accessible for visitors, as anyone with a CPC will be able to enter the transport network as soon as they arrive simply by ‘touching in’ with their payment card. In addition, visitors will also have confidence that they are getting the best value possible, as opposed to having to understand complicated local fare structures.

Moving to open standards for future-proof automated fare collection systems

Issue 1 2012  •  17 February 2012  •  Laurent Cremer, Executive Director, OSPT Alliance

Mass transit system operators are witnessing a paradigm shift in automated fare collection (AFC) technology. These changes include outsourcing of AFC programme operations and real-time acceptance of third party-issued cards – changes that are likely to reshape the way that AFC is viewed by the industry for decades. As a result, transit agencies are facing new challenges and opportunities as they define the next generation of AFC systems. To ease this transition and to promote higher data security without the need for proprietary solutions, the OSPT Alliance, a vendor-neutral industry association, has introduced CIPURSE™, a new standard designed specifically for the next generation of fare collection technologies.

Fare collection systems hit the wall

For the past two decades, the default solution for AFC systems has been a contactless smartcard-based programme. Such systems have been based on proprietary technologies and customised to the unique needs and fare policies of each agency. Over time, systems built on proprietary solutions have proven to lack flexibility for adapting to changes in fare policy, smartcard features, or the addition of new system components. In addition to requiring specialised expertise, updating proprietary fare collection systems usually incurs substantial expense. However, until recently, the lack of comprehensive standards for card data structures and security has inhibited opportunities for alternatives to evolve.