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Rio de Janeiro launches pilot of NFC ticketing with smartphones for public transportation
18 October 2013
Rio de Janeiro will be the first city in Brazil to launch a pilot program enabling mobile near field communication (NFC) ticketing for public transportation. This initiative is a partnership between RioCard Tecnologia da Informação, Gemalto, Motorola Mobility and the country’s four leading mobile operators—Claro, Oi, Telefónica and TIM—supported by the GSMA (GSM Association). Two hundred users of buses, trains and ferries have been selected to collaborate with these companies in this three-month pilot, which is expected to conclude in December 2013.
Smartphones will be used as mobile wallets with embedded NFC technology enabling secure payment for public transportation tickets. NFC allows contactless data exchange when two compatible devices are placed within a few inches of each other. Contactless technology was first adopted in Rio de Janeiro with RioCard transit card in 2003 and is now a part of the daily routine of millions of users.
To pay for the transportation, the user needs to place the smartphone Motorola RAZR D3—exclusively selected for the pilot—within a few inches of the RioCard reader terminal. An app allows users to check balances on the screen at any time or place. Soon, RioCard will also offer prepaid charges on the device itself.
Digital security company Gemalto is providing its UpTeq multi-tenant NFC SIM cards with embedded Mifare4Mobile technology. The card protects the users’ credentials enabling them to pay for their journey securely with nothing more than a tap of their handset. With the addition of Gemalto’s Trusted Service Manager (TSM) platform, the solution will be able to support the introduction of a range of value-added services.
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