Dutch transport companies begin testing by debit card as public transport smartcard

Mar

15

2016

Dutch transport companies begin this year with a pilot for the use of debit cards as public transport smartcard. Users can return their OV-chip card and check-in gates and bollards in public transport with the bank card.

Transport NS, HTM public transport smartcard company Translink do Tuesday morning a demonstration of the technology in a tram in The Hague, says HTM. For trial users need a bank card with NFC. This chip, which is also used by banks for contactless payment, now is in millions of Dutch bank cards. Next year it should be possible to check in with the bank card, writes De Telegraaf based on anonymous sources.

The trial takes place later this year. It is part of a larger project to check in at alternative ways in public transport. Late last year began a trial to use a smartphone with NFC SIM as public transport smartcard. It has long been known that operators are working on alternative ways to check in at the ov.

Even with this new way of using the bank card check is still required. For long-term look carriers to incheckmethode that works automatically via your smartphone via Bluetooth and beacons in the ov. This system would make it impossible to forget check in or check out.

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