Russia: St. Petersburg Metro to Trial Contactless-Mobile Ticketing

 

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St. PetersburgRussia
Scope: 
Trial
Launch: 
Sep 2010
Main Application: 
Ticketing (transit)
Mobile Operator: 
N/A
Service Provider (application): 
St. Petersburg municipality (fare-collection)
Service Provider (application): 
Bank St. Petersburg (top-ups)
Merchants: 
N/A
Users: 
500
NFC Handsets: 
N/A
TSM*: 
N/A
Other Vendors: 
Ambiq Technology (contactless platform), Bladox (SIM overlay and flexible antenna), Toro (mobile application-likely)

The trial would enable riders of the St. Petersburg Metro to tap their phones to pay fares. A Mifare application would be stored on a SIM overlay chip connected to a flexible antenna. The thin overlay chip would make contact with the SIM in the user’s mobile phone, offering communication with an application on the handset. Bank St. Petersburg would enable users to top up their transit purses over the mobile network.

NFC Times Take: 

Project backers believe they will be able to roll out the technology to millions in Russia, including those who use the giant Moscow Metro. That remains to be seen, but some Russian banks and at least one mobile operator, MegaFon, are interested in the project and the prospect of offering related services to transit ticketing, such as top-ups of transit purses over the air, mobile payment of utility bills and contactless-payment at the retail point of sale, said Ambiq Technology, which is providing the contactless platform for the project. Ambiq tested a range of NFC bridge technologies, including contactless microSD cards, before settling for the trial on devices with flexible antennas connected to a chip that communicates with the SIM. Other technologies did not communicate well with the installed base of contactless readers at metro gates. 

 

* 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.
 N/A: Not available or not applicable.
Last update: Sept. 2010
 

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