U.S.: Nokia and New York Transit Authority to Test Tag-based Ticketing
The pilot will involve 20 Metropolitan Transportation Authority, MTA, employees, who will be able to tap NFC tags with Nokia smartphones upon entering and exiting train stations on one commuter line of the Long Island Rail Road. Users won't need to open the transit app on their Nokia smartphones before tapping the tags. After tapping at the departure station, the back-end system will calculate riders' fares and, if they were real customers, would charge the fares to riders’ preregistered pay-as-you-go accounts or weekly or monthly passes. The MTA plans to expand the trial to real customers.
The trial uses NFC’s tag-reading function to reduce the steps for what is basically a network-based ticketing transaction. But it’s the first trial of its kind believed to be held in the United States. Other tag-based ticketing projects have been launched in Germany and Austria. There have been other NFC transit-ticketing trials in the United States, and elsewhere, involving ticketing applications stored on secure elements in NFC phones. They use NFC’s card-emulation function.
* 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: Oct. 2011