Dubai Transit Authority Plans to Launch Its Closed-Loop Card in More NFC Wallets

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority, or RTA, which in December first launched mobile fare payments with a digital version of its closed-loop card in Huawei smartphones, says it plans to expand the service to other OEMs, including Apple and Samsung.

The December launch and planned expansion makes RTA one of the latest transit agencies to enable NFC mobile fare payments with closed-loop cards. Apple in particular has been active in recent months in adding closed-loop cards, in such cities as Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Apple Pay and other NFC payments services, such as Google Pay and Samsung Pay, support open-loop fare payments in even more cities than they do with closed-loop cards. 

Mohammed Al Khayat, director of automatic collection systems at RTA, speaking at a Transport Ticketing Digital virtual conference Wednesday, said the agency now puts its “nol” closed-loop cards onto embedded secure elements in Huawei NFC-enabled smartphones. Huawei Mate and P series smartphones and the Nova 5G model currently support the digital nol cards.

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