SNCF, a French railway, and Orange have announced that they are experimenting with contactless services by mobile phones to aid passengers’ travel. Over a two-month period, 50 subscribing passengers will test a prototype contactless telephone integrating NFC (Near Field Communication) technology in the SIM card and providing access to various services, including transport ticketing, payment of purchases, timetable information and car-park access. They will also be able to buy and receive their coupon on line. The railway company also plans to install posters in stations allowing for travelers to receive direct information on the next trains arrival and departure times, according to the cellular-news article.
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