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Paris transport authority to accept NFC payment

Thursday 25 June 2009

Passengers will be able to use their phones or other NFC-enabled devices to buy tickets, to get information on their journey and to validate their travel. STIF will coordinate the Paris transport operators (Optile, RATP and SNCF Transilien) and the participating telecoms operators (Orange, Bouygues Telecom and SFR) to create this new service for users, which will meet the requirements of public transport (equal treatment of users, accessibility and continuity of service). STIF also announces it will be particularly careful to preserve the anonymity of travel. The service will be able with mobile handsets, or with NFC devices with other form factors such as USB dongles.

With all its partners, STIF objective is to finalize in 2010 a program for the implementation of NFC-based services in the Paris region ready to begin deployment from the end of the year.

Expected benefits from the project include :

  • Users will be able to purchase and load their transport tickets independently from their current location : they will buy tickets from home, or on the move, without having to queue in front of an automat and being at risk of missing their train or bus,
  • Users will be able to validate their ticket in the same manner as with Navigo passes today,
  • Users will be able to manage their transportation tickets and subscriptions : they will be able to know in advance what types of tickets they own, and how may of these tickets they own, and also to pre-select with ticket to use in case of multiple choices.

In the mid term, users will able to get itinerary information, timetables, and to purchase the corresponding ticket directly, and to obtain a full information about tariff plans, before starting their trip.