System with bluetooth to make check-in public transport redundant




Carriers dubbing over it to allow it to travel through the smartphone, where passengers check in and check out automatically via Bluetooth beacons in trains, buses, trams and subways. The system would come in addition to the existing public transport smartcard.

The system has been named Be to Be Out and carriers, united in the National Public Transport Consultation, seeing it as one of the promising methods to pay for public transport for travel, in addition to the public transport chip card and pay with the debit card if which is a public transport chip card. It is a long-term plan. Within five years, the problem is not in every case.

The system works via Bluetooth low-energy, version 4.0, on smartphones. Presumably carriers will use a higher version of Bluetooth, as Bluetooth 4.0 and 4.1 may not offer the security needed for transactions. The system should work in each case with at least AES-128 encryption.

Beacons in public transport locate where the passenger boarding and alighting and travelers can check real time in an application or the system correctly detects. The carriers say that there is also an option for anonymous travel, but how it will look like is unknown.

However, there are still a number of technical hurdles. Although an hour trips according to research of TU Delft showed that the system requires about 0.1 percent of smartphone battery, it is still unclear what happens when the battery of the smartphone while traveling is empty or the smartphone to another way off automatically, for example, to do a system update. It is also unclear what’s going to happen to the already some stations closed by gates. The system with Bluetooth requires no active checking, so travelers should again have to drive without locked gates to allow access.

In addition to Be Be Out carriers also consider a system with newer bank cards, which often have an NFC chip on board for contactless payments. By making payments with EMV chip bank cards possibly could settle as travelers using the debit card the same way now a public transport chip card is in use.

That also requires modifications to the system. So it is not possible to write data to the chips of bank cards, making the whole process of the journey in the backend to take place. Thereby conductors for instance can not be on the debit card itself check whether a passenger is checked-in, but that should be checked in the system itself.

There is already a test run with the checkout in public transport with the smartphone, but it is a system with NFC and mobile payment, not a localization system via Bluetooth.

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