Boardwalk Inc., a Tokyo-based ticketing solution provider, has announced that it will begin NFC research and development for ticket-related applications.
Boardwalk provides a mobile ticketing solution based on Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet technology. According to Boardwalk, the Felica-compliant service turns the phone itself into a contactless electronic ticket that can be used in place of a paper ticket. The so-called “Ticket Board” solution also provides QR codes for those without an Osaifu-Keitai-enabled phone.
Following introduction of the service in Japan, Boardwalk plans to provide the NFC compatibility necessary to bring Ticket Board to overseas markets.
NTT Docomo, the largest mobile operator in Japan, is providing support for the research and development project.