Russia: Airport Shuttle Service and Mobile Operators Trial NFC Ticketing

 

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MoscowRussia
Scope: 
Trial
Launch: 
Jun 2011
Est. Launch: 
(First phase: Nov. 2010)
Main Application: 
Transit ticketing
Mobile Operator: 
MegaFon
Mobile Operator: 
MTS
Mobile Operator: 
Vimpelcom
Service Provider (application): 
Aeroexpress (airport shuttle tickets)
Merchants: 
N/A
Users: 
200 (first phase: 40)
NFC Handsets: 
Nokia 6212, other
Secure Element: 
Other
Other Vendors: 
Processing Technologies (systems integrator), Gemalto (flexible antenna, likely)

During the first phase of the trial, held between November 2010 January 2011, about 40 participants could tap their Nokia 6212 NFC phones on smart posters to buy a ticket.

After tapping, customers would be sent an SMS message asking them to confirm the ticket purchase. They would download the ticket to their phones by following a link to a mobile Web site, then show the ticket on their phone screens to a conductor. It was apparently possible also to tap the phone on readers at turnstiles or on portable terminals carried by conductors.

Users also could buy the ticket by directly open an “AeroexpressMobile” application on the phones to buy and download the tickets.

A second phase beginning in June 2011 adds NFC bridge technologies, a flexible antenna linking to the SIM issued by mobile operator MTS and contactless stickers issued by telco MegaFon.

NFC Times Take: 

The pilots test an application trialed years earlier in Austria–mainly tag reading to simplify the steps for riders buy and download tickets on their phones. The service provider, Aeroexpress, which runs shuttle trains between Moscow and the city’s three airports, is interested in rolling out the NFC. But with few full NFC phones available, Aeroexpress is testing NFC bridge technologies in the second phase of the trial. The systems integrator on the project, Processing Technologies, said plans call for a commercial launch with Russian major mobile operators by the end of the year. Other service providers, including the Moscow Metro and Russian banks also are interested in NFC.

 

 

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Last update: June 2011

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