The NFC Forum have released a new Certification Program and, related to it, the publication of the NFC-enabled e-Ticketing in Public Transport: Clearing the Route to Interoperability white paper. Certification Release 10 (CR10) provides support for functionality introduced in the NFC Forum’s Analog Technical Specification 2.0. CR10 ensures interoperability between an NFC device and the ISO/IEC 14443 and ISO/IEC 18092-based infrastructure and cards that are in use in many of the contactless transportation systems worldwide.
The white paper complements the certification release by providing solutions to interoperability issues that affect the deployment and use of NFC-enabled smartphone eTicketing services in the contactless transportation systems. The white paper is free to download and was created with input from eight key transportation organizations including Public Transport Operators (PTO) and global standards bodies.
With the technology and standards now available to enable radio frequency (RF) interoperability, PTOs, Mobile Network Operators (MNO) and handset makers can rely on certification by the NFC Forum to ensure that a tested and certified device will interoperate with public transport systems and deliver a positive user experience. Organizations planning implementations of NFC technology in public transport will find the white paper a helpful resource to guide that effort. Implementing this solution will increase consumer use of NFC-enabled smartphones for simplifying and accelerating fare purchases, providing one-touch entry to ticket gates, supporting ancillary applications (such as real-time travel updates and loyalty programs), and enabling use of the same means of payment and access to multiple modes of public transport (rail, bus, subway, etc.).
“With our new Certification Program release and white paper, the NFC Forum has provided the Public Transport industry and device makers with the information and the assurance they need to deploy NFC-enabled smartphone eTicketing services with confidence,” said Paula Hunter, executive director of the NFC Forum.
According to the World Health Organization, over 50 percent of the world’s population lives in cities. This population density combined with over two billion NFC-enabled devices in use is an ideal environment for deploying NFC eTicketing solutions and services. Automatic fare collection systems or electronic ticketing and innovative transport ticketing solutions were created as a way of meeting this growing demand and creating a better travel experience.