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Germany: Transit Officials Enable Users to Tap or Scan in New Trial

FrankfurtGermany
Scope: 
Trial
Launch: 
Apr 2010
Main Application: 
Service discovery
Mobile Operator: 
N/A
Service Provider (application): 
Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund, RMV, (Service discovery)
Service Provider (application): 
Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main, VGF, (Service discovery)
Merchants: 
N/A
Users: 
N/A
NFC Handsets: 
Nokia 6131
NFC Handsets: 
Nokia 6212
NFC Handsets: 
Samsung S5230 (possible)
TSM*: 
N/A
Other Vendors: 
Hansaprint (Posters, tag embedding and coding) UPM Raflatac (RFID tags supporting Mifare), NXP Semiconductors (NFC phone chip).

Users will be able to tap their NFC phones or scan 2-D bar codes on posters in trains on five metro lines in Frankfurt to get fast updates on scheduling changes, as well as information on points of interest along the line and restaurants and other venues that accept a discount-card program. Tapping or scanning automatically connects to mobile Internet pages for the RMV transit authority or transit operator VGF.

NFC Times Take: 

The fact RMV, a pioneer in the use of NFC for ticketing, is adding bar codes to its NFC service-discovery trial is recognition of the scarcity of NFC phones. It has, however, long-supported network-based mobile ticketing alongside its NFC ticketing service.

 

 

 

* 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.

N/A: Not available or not applicable.

 

 

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