NFC Trial at French Airport to Test SIM-Based Security Passes

May 24 2012

Fifty passengers at French regional airport Toulouse-Blagnac will test an application that puts a security pass to access airport facilities on SIM cards in BlackBerry NFC phones.

Mobile operator France Telecom-Orange, along with Research In Motion and airline industry IT and communications services provider SITA plan to hold the trial at the airport this summer.

In an announcement Tuesday, the pilot organizers said 50 frequent flyers would be able to tap their NFC-enabled BlackBerry phones to access an airport parking lot, then enter the departure area through a “premium access zone.” They could tap again to enter a passenger lounge. All the while, they will receive real-time information on their schedule, departure hall and boarding gate.

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