The NFC Forum and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), announced the publication of a document that will help the air travel industry better understand and evaluate the potential benefits, costs and use cases of NFC technology.
The document, entitled “NFC Reference Guide for Air Travel,” is the result of a partnership between the NFC Forum’s Air Transport Task Force and IATA’s Fast Travel Working Group. IATA members offered their expertise regarding the requirements for NFC’s use in various aspects of air transit, while NFC Forum members provided implementation options.
“IATA’s Simplifying the Business program aims to set standards and drive innovation projects that enable a seamless passenger journey,” says Stephan Copart, IATA head, strategy, industry services transformation. “NFC holds substantial promise to provide a smoother and faster airport experience for travelers. The NFC Reference Guide for Air Travel will be a valuable guide to help stakeholders identify potential opportunities from adoption of NFC technology.”
The document contains a number of detailed illustrations, tables and charts as well as numerous practical applications of NFC as they relate to the air traveler’s journey. A particular area of focus within the document is core use cases of NFC in air transit, including:
- Secure provisioning, storage and reading of boarding passes on mobile devices
- “Tap-and-go” access to elite lounges
- Access to secured areas for staff via their mobile devices
- Embedded luggage tags to quickly access information and better track progress
- Parking garage access and payment
- Airport shops and on board aircraft purchases