Smart phones and NFC in the world of public transport

The increasing use of smart phones and the transformation from classical to mobile service offers is one of the major global trends. Compared to other sectors that have to build up mobile infrastructures from scratch, the Public Transport industry is in a unique position because current contactless eTicketing systems are in principle compatible with NFC-enabled mobile devices. It is possible to introduce mobile services based on these existing systems.

NFC Mobile Devices (NMD) may be used as Public Transport fare media (substituting the customer’s card or token), as personal mobile sales terminals (pPoS) by which the customer may obtain information about services and products, purchase products and make payments or for new service offers (e.g. multi-modal travel planning and travelling) that take advantage of a smart phone’s capability to integrate and access online-applications.

NFC tags may be used to provide customers access to traffic, schedule and fare information or as an alternative approach to classical reader-based infrastructures.

The mobile enhancement of classical fare management systems requires that NFC Mobile Devices are technically interoperable with the contactless readers and the fare media that are used for ticketing and payment in Public Transport.

This document shall support the implementation of certified technical interoperability between NFC enabled mobile devices and Public Transport systems. This shall be achieved by documenting the way that NFC Mobile Devices are used in Public Transport and by identifying the relevant requirements on this basis.

The report Documentation of Use Cases for NFC Mobile Devices in Public Transport has been produced by VdV eTicket Service together with ITSO Ltd.
ITSO Limited: Luminar House, Deltic Avenue, Milton Keynes, MK13 8LW, UK.
VDV eTicket Service GmbH & Co. KG. Hohenzollernring 103, 50672 Cologne. Germany

The report has been adopted by the NFC Forum.