NFC in public transport

NFC Forum
29 Mar 2011

Near Field Communication (NFC) technology may have many benefits to transport operators. The use of NFC in consumer mobile phones, transit contactless readers, and onsite “smart posters” enables fast and easy ticketing, speedy access control, the downloading of pertinent travel- and entertainment-related information, and much more.

NFC-enabled phone transactions can be used today with existing transport contactless infrastructure, requiring no additional investment. When NFC capability is added to readers to enable two-way communications, more functionality is possible, such as redeeming a ticket and sending a receipt at the same time.

This white paper describes several ways to introduce NFC into a transport system, from simple point-to-point “pay-as-you-go” schemes to more complex implementations that include multiple operators and multiple payment options, for all forms of ticketing systems.

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