Gemalto has announced its selection by Italian telecom company Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) to support the launch of a transportation-related NFC program in Trento. The program will enable TIM customers to use their mobile phones to access public transit.
TIM-issued phones will have SIM cards embedded with Gemalto applications, enabling the remote purchase of tickets at anytime. Travelers will also be able to validate their transport pass even when the battery of their mobile phone is off.
Working with several telecom operators, Gemalto has launched transit-related NFC programs in several locations throughout Europe, including the French cities of Grenoble, Rennes and Paris. The TIM system will be the first such NFC system in Italy.