Project Citysort icon Service Provider Mobile Operator
Netherlands: JCB Trial Tests International Contactless App Amsterdam JCB (J/Speedy) KPN
U.S.: Trial Tests Payment and Content Downloads at Stadium Atlanta JPMorgan Chase (Visa contactless credit) Cingular (now AT&T)
U.S.: Bank of America launches Second M-Payment Trial with microSD Cards Atlanta, New York, San Francisco, Charlotte, Dallas Bank of America (Visa payWave, MasterCard PayPass) N/A
France: Transit Operator Takes Lead In French NFC Trial Aubagne and Bouches-du-Rhône Region (Dept.) Veolia Transport Various
New Zealand: Airline Uses Stickers To Speed Boarding Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington Air New Zealand (ePass boarding pass) None
New Zealand: Vodafone and Bank Launch Employee Trial with Galaxy S II Auckland, Wellington Bank of New Zealand (Visa payWave) Vodafone New Zealand
Australia: Bank Launches iPhone App Supporting Contactless and P2P Payments Australia Commonwealth Bank (MasterCard PayPass) N/A
Outdoor NFC Campaign Promotes Australian Launch of Zero Dark Thirty Australia Vizeum, for Icon Films (Promotion of film) N/A
Australia: Commonwealth Bank to Add Galaxy S5 as part of Groundbreaking Embedded Chip Project Australia Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Mastercard PayPass) None
Australia: Westpac Poised to Launch payWave on Samsung Embedded Chips Australia Westpac (Visa payWave) None
Australia Credit Union Gets First to the Starting Gate In Asia-Pac for HCE Payments Australia CUA (Visa payWave) N/A
Austria: Bank Plans Launch of payWave on microSDs and iPhone Sleeves Austria Raiffeisen Bank International (Visa payWave) N/A
India: Citi Goes For Scale With Bangalore Trial Bangalore Citibank (MasterCard PayPass) Vodafone Essar
Thailand: Closed-Loop Payment Test In Bangkok Bangkok Payzy (e-purse) N/A
Thailand: Bank Launches Mobile payWave Trial Bangkok Kasikornbank (Visa payWave) None
Thailand: Bangkok Bank Holds Small payWave Trial Bangkok Bangkok Bank (Visa payWave) AIS
Thailand: Telco Issues Contactless SIMs for e-Money and Other Services Bangkok True Group (TrueMoney, other) TrueMove
Thailand: Bank and Telco Hold Follow-Up NFC Trial Bangkok Kasikornbank (Visa payWave) AIS
China: Unicom Offers Beijing’s Transit-Payment Service on a SIM Beijing Beijing Municipal Administration and Communications Card Co. (BMAP card) China Unicom (Beijing)
Germany: Bank Plans Employee Trial with iPhone and microSDs Berlin and Frankfurt Landesbank Berlin (Visa payWave) N/A
Germany: Three Telcos Join National Railway In Touch&Travel Project Berlin and other cities Deutsche Bahn and other public transit agencies (transit ticketing)
Vodafone Germany
T-Mobile (phase 2)
Telefónica 02 Germany (phase 2)
France: Trial Puts Contactless Version of Moneo E-Purse on Phones Besançon Credit Agricole and BMS (Moneo e-purse)
France: SIM-Based Security Passes to Get Test Run at French Airport Blagnac Toulouse-Blagnac airport (airport security pass) France Telecom-Orange
France: Internal Trial Prelude To Canceled Precommercial Launch Bordeaux Veolia Transport (transit ticket) France Telecom-Orange
France: Contactless E-Purse Gets Tryout in Bordeaux Bordeaux
Moneo Payment Solutions (Moneo e-purse)
City of Bordeaux (access to city facilities, information for tags)
France Telecom-Orange

HEADLINE NEWS

First Transit Agency to Sell Tickets Through Uber App Sees Relatively Few Takers Two Years on

Apr 21 2021

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The Regional Transportation District of Denver was the first transit agency to work with Uber to sell its bus and light rail tickets through the Uber app in the spring of 2019. RTD later that year expanded the service to trip-planning app Transit and then last fall to the app for another ride-hailing service, Lyft.

Sydney to Test Multimodal Payments Involving Private Mobility Providers Using Digital Closed-Loop Card

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – A trial to be held later this year in Australia’s largest city, Sydney, if it proves successful, could offer one example for how agencies can encourage customers to take multimodal transport combining public and private operators. The economics behind the New South Wales government’s trial offer are unclear, however.

Rome Transit Operator: Covid Accelerates Demand for Contactless Payments but Customer Habits Hard to Change

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The CIO of Italy’s largest public transit operator, ATAC SpA, said the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated demand for open-loop contactless and mobile payments, but added that old habits are hard to break for customers and use of cash and paper tickets are still popular.

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.

Case Study: Transit Agency in Portugal Combined NFC with BLE for Mobile Ticketing; Faced Challenges

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The agency that runs ticketing for 19 public bus, tram and train operators serving Porto, Portugal’s second largest city, says it has had success–and faced several challenges–with the rollout of its Anda mobile-ticketing app.

OMNY Hits New Usage Milestone as Open-Loop Payments Rollout Continues

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or MTA, says it continues to see steady growth of its open-loop fare payments service, OMNY, announcing 50 million taps by customers using NFC wallets and bank cards to ride the massive New York City Subway and the city’s buses.

In-Depth: Contactless Open-Loop Pilot in Spain First Project from Vendor Partnership

Mar 11 2021

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Bilbobus, which operates bus service for the city of Bilbao, in northern Spain’s Basque region, says it launched its recent trial of con

Moscow Metro Plans Rollout of ‘Face Pay’ Technology for Fare Collection

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The Moscow Metro plans to roll out facial-recognition technology at every station by the end of 2021 to enable customers to pay fares, officials say. The project, while delayed, would be the largest of its kind globally.

Stockholm Transit Agency Launches Open-Loop Fare Payments for Multimodal Rides

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Stockholm Public Transport, or SL, the city-owned company that oversees major public transport in the city, is the latest agency in Europe to launch open-loop fare collection, offering multimodal rides with a tap of a contactless EMV bank card or NFC device.

Case Study: Amsterdam Transit Operator Seeks to Go Nearly 100% Digital for Ticketing to Cut Costs and Enhance Service

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – GVB, Amsterdam’s largest public transit operator, says it seeks to replace an aging closed-loop fare card system and go to open-loop and other digital tokens with the planned rollout of its new account-based ticketing system.

Google Announces Plans to Enable Public Transit Ticketing in Maps App along with Rollout of Parking Fare Payments

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Google has announced plans to launch public transit ticketing for more than 80 cities globally in coming weeks from its trip-planning Maps app and also to enable users to buy virtual closed-loop fare cards–starting with the Clipper card in the San Francisco Bay Area–directly from the app. That’s in addition to enabling payments for parking in more than 400 U.S. cities.

UPDATED: U.S. Federal Government Awards Grants to Help Transit Agencies Roll Out Contactless Payments and Mobile Ticketing

Feb 18 2021

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – U.S. public transit agencies have been keen to remove cash and paper tickets from their buses and trains and to keep more distance between customers and agency staffers because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now they are getting a new boost from the U.S. federal government in the form of grant funds to enable them to enhance contactless and mobile payments systems, among other measures.