SNCF and Gemalto Present Ticketing on Contactless Mobile Phones

The transport ticket carrying the rights to use the public transport network is stored in the SIM card of the NFC mobile phone. It is used in exactly the same way as any other contactless transport ticket; travellers simply swipe their handset over a reader to open the gates. Similarly, travellers only need to present their phone to the ticket inspector, who checks the ticket validity. This new service is the result of a project run jointly by the SNCF Proximités Innovation and Technologies Pole, the SNCF subsidiary RITMx, an expert in ticketing distribution solutions, and Gemalto. The project is based on Gemalto’s Trusted Services Management (TSM) dedicated offering of solutions and services. They enable the secure and convenient deployment of day-to-day applications such as transport and payment via a contactless mobile phone. Gemalto’s solution offers services for downloading and customizing the Calypso application, which provides a host of functionalities in the phone’s SIM card, such as incorporating transport ticketing. Gemalto also provides the user interface that allows travellers to view and download tickets onto their phones from the RITMx server. SNCF is considering offering a bundle of transport-related services on NFC-enabled phones, including ticket purchase and top-up, balance checking, real-time access to travel news and the use of tags (intelligent labels), etc. Phones may eventually become a channel for topping up contactless tickets. www.gemalto.com www.sncf.fr 

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