France: SIM-Based Security Passes to Get Test Run at French Airport
Fifty frequent flyers at French regional airport Toulouse-Blagnac will test an application that puts a security pass for airport facilities on SIM cards in BlackBerry NFC phones. The frequent flyers will be able to tap their NFC-enabled BlackBerry phones to access an airport parking lot, then enter the departure area through a “premium access zone.” They could tap again to enter a passenger lounge. All the while, they will receive real-time information on their schedule departure hall and boarding gate.
Organizers say the trial will be a first for putting airport security passes on SIM cards in NFC phones. The trial, however, does not store mobile boarding passes or frequent flyer numbers on the SIM. That could come later, with airline IT provider SITA and partners developing NFC applications that it hopes one day could replace 2-D bar codes to speed passengers through airport security and gates. SITA plans to help launch an NFC test likely involving mobile boarding passes with a major airline later this summer.
* Trusted Service Manager: Defined loosely to include companies or other organizations securely distributing, provisioning and managing applications, generally over the air, on secure elements in NFC mobile phones; or licensing their platforms for this purpose.
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Last update: May 2012