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NFC ticketing in Grenoble

Thursday 1 March 2007

The pilot will be run with 200 passengers who have been selected by Semitag, the local transport operator. Passengers taking part in the trial program will download electronic tickets into their mobile handsets, and then contactless terminals will read the handsets, just as existing terminals read contactless tickets. As the contactless terminal checks the electronic tickets, it transmits timely and relevant information – line closures, delayed services, traffic flow, etc. – directly to the handset; it will even tell travelers when their next bus is due to arrive or depart.

Partners in the pilot include:

  • Sagem Communication, the project’s technical coordinator, integrated Gemalto’s and Inside Contactless’ components into prototype mobile handsets.
  • Bouygues Telecom developed the prototype terminals.
  • Gemalto developed a SIM card to run the contactless applications for transport, electronic ticketing and the contactless reader interface. Gemalto's new generation SIM card uses Inside Contactless’ eNFC technology.
  • Inside Contactless developed the eNFC (enhanced Near Field Communication) component which enables the contactless interface between the mobile handsets and the electronic ticket readers on public transport vehicles.
  • Transdev supplied the mobile ticket recharge server and the trip planner.
  • Mobivillage supplied a new trial version of the Mobitrans multimedia service, including intelligent maps, a trip planner and a mobile ticket recharge application.
  • Parkeon supplied the mobile ticket recharge server.
  • Aquitaine Valley supplied the trip planner application.