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No ID technology is creating a bigger splash than Near Field Communications (NFC). It holds the promise of true revolution in the way we initiate and conduct transactions, authenticate for services, or access facilities and information. In this issue we explore NFC and look at some of the premiere trials of the technology.
Pay for a train ticket with your mobile phone or tap the phone on a special poster to download a song from a new album … these are some of the real applications being trialed as contactless NFC technology goes ‘primetime.’
Caen France hosts world’s premier NFC trial with mobile phones enabling host of contactless applications
Residents of this Northern France town are participating in what is being called the most advanced NFC trial to date, with applications including payment, access, and information delivery.
The pervasiveness of mobile phone makes it an ideal complement to the powerful authentication and flexible application capabilities of contactless technology. The convergence of these well-accepted technologies holds incredible potential for a wide range of service delivery.
Using mobile handsets to purchase and redeem tickets on Paris trains, subways, and metros is the aim of a new pilot program in the French capital. It is another in the series of important NFC trials currently underway around the globe.
Just east of Frankfurt in Hanau, an NFC pilot project is underway on the city’s buses. E-ticketing via mobile handsets is the second pilot, complemeting the initial tests that could lead to a nationwide contactless fare system for Germany.