Deutsche Telekom Chooses G&D for Development of NFC-enabled SIMs

Germany-based Giesecke & Devrient has announced it has won a contract from Deutsche Telekom to develop NFC-enabled SIM cards for the telco group's NFC wallet rollouts.

The contract is for development work, not for actual NFC-enabled SIM cards, but G&D is a major supplier of conventional SIMs for the Germany-based telco group, so orders of NFC-enabled SIMs are likely. 

“We work closely together with Deutsche Telekom to roll out NFC services internationally,” a G&D spokesman told NFC Times. “The first run is a development partnership, G&D is developing this Deutsche Telekom SIM card. Next turn is ordering of SIM cards.”

He declined to release the amount of the development contract or when the work is scheduled to be completed.

Deutsche Telekom announced earlier this year it plans to launch NFC services as part of mobile wallets in its home base of Germany along with its branch T-Mobile operator in Poland before the end of the year. It plans NFC launches next year with its T-Mobile branches in the Netherlands and Czech Republic. All the launches call for secure applications to be stored on SIM cards the group telcos issue. They would work in NFC phones that support a standard single-wire protocol connection to the SIM.

But there will also likely be customized parts of the wallet and its user interface stored on the SIM cards. This could be in the form of a Smart Card Web Server application running on the SIMs the operators issue. 

Banks in Poland in particular are gearing up to launch NFC services later this year, said sources, and T-Mobile Poland is expected to be among the first telcos to introduce commercial NFC services in that country.

In Germany, Deutsche Telekom is considering launching its own payment scheme with other mobile operators. Transit ticketing is also expected to be an application included in any Deutsche Telekom mobile wallet in Germany.

The telco group, one of the largest in Europe, also has had a tender request out to hire a trusted service manager for the mobile-wallet program at the four operators. The TSM would handle downloads and management of applications on SIM cards the telcos issue. Giesecke & Devrient’s TSM unit, formerly called Venyon, was a finalist for this contract, though sources said it probably has been awarded to France-based Gemalto. Deutsche Telekom could not be reached for comment to confirm the TSM contract award.

 

HEADLINE NEWS

‘No Way We were Going to Ask for Half a Billion Dollars…’

Unlike other major transit agencies in the U.S., which have spent hundreds of millions of dollars replacing or upgrading their fare-collection systems, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has taken a different approach.

UK Bus Operator Go-Ahead Reports Cash Usage has Plummeted Because of Covid, While Contactless Transactions have Surged

The Go-Ahead Group, one of the big five privately owned public bus operators in the UK, said today it has seen cash usage on board the nearly 3,000 buses it runs in England outside of London fall to 23% of transactions, down from 53% three years ago.

Transit Operator Arriva Launches MaaS App in Netherlands; Hints at Expansion to Other European Countries

Arriva, one of the largest private transit operators in Europe, has launched a mobility-as-a-service app in the Netherlands, using white-label software from Israel-based trip-planning app provider

Cal-ITP: Agencies in California Could Hold ‘Several More’ Open-Loop Fare Payments Pilots

The California Integrated Travel Project, or Cal-ITP, is “on track to have at least several more” open-loop pilots or demonstration projects, a spokeswoman for the program told Mobility Payments.

Exclusive: Australia’s Transport for New South Wales Sees ‘Significant Increase’ in Use of Mobile Wallets by Riders

Mobile wallets now make up more than half of all contactless payments for Transport for New South Wales, Australia’s largest transit agency, the agency confirmed to Mobility Payments.

Start-Up Aims to Encourage More Taxi Drivers to Accept Bank Cards for Fares in Turkey

A Turkish start-up hopes to entice more taxi drivers to accept contactless credit and debit cards using SoftPOS terminals on Android smartphones, under a scheme being rolled out by the local fintec

Moscow Metro Launches Test of Facial Recognition Fare Payments Ahead of Rollout; Agency Says Masks Can Slow Verification

Moscow Metro announced that it is officially testing facial recognition-based fare payments at turnstiles, with plans to roll out the technology by the end of the year.

Major Transit Agency to Test Virtual Closed-Loop Cards with Google Pay

Aug 8 2021

Moscow Metro is launching a trial of a virtual version of its closed-loop Troika card that will be added to the Google Pay wallet, the agency announced Wednesday.

WMATA in D.C. Rolling Out New Terminals but has No Immediate Plans to Support Open Loop

The Washington (D.C.) Metropolitan Area Transit Authority last month started to replace 1,200 aging fare gates for its 91-station metro system and starting next year will do the same with 20-plus year-old fareboxes on board 1,500 buses, including upgraded readers for its closed-loop SmarTrip cards.

Visa Touts Growth in Contactless, Continues to Push Open-Loop Payments

Visa reported this week that contactless payments continued to climb as a percentage of all face-to-face transactions with its brand, mainly at retail, and among the uses the network is continuing to push for contactless is to pay for transit fares.

MaaS Global CEO: Transit Agencies Should Not Control MaaS Platforms

Sampo Hietanen, founder and CEO of Finland-based MaaS Global, agrees with most other industry experts that public transit should form the “core” of the mobility services on offer in any MaaS app or platform. But he contends that it would be a mistake for the agency itself to control the platform.

Case Study: German City First to Go Live with Check-in/be-out System in Country

Despite the growing popularity of contactless, NFC and QR-code technologies for electronic fare-collection, some transit agencies are experimenting with other technologies to collect fares.