Transportation companies begin trial smartphone as public transport chip card-replacement




Transport operators and providers KPN and Vodafone begin Monday a trial, where people can check into the public transport with their smartphone instead of a public transport chip card. The trial should show whether the smartphone is a good alternative to the public transport smartcard.

To check in at the gates and posts of the carriers, the smartphone supports NFC needed. In addition, a new type of SIM card is required which contains a protected part for communicating with the back-end-tls. KPN promises are these SIM cards from January in the store. Checking in and out is also possible if the phone is off.

Users can connect the SIM card to a bank account and the system of the public transport chip card and then subsequently Check via NFC on the smartphone. Associated SmartOV is an app for displaying the trip history and the balance, but it plays no further part in the check. An additional advantage of the app versus a public transport pass, according to the organizations that the user can see if it is checked or not.

The Smart-OV trial begins Monday with hundreds of customers who have enabled automatic recharge their public transport smartcard. Trans Link Systems, the partnership organization behind the OV-chip card, the test done together with KPN and Vodafone. Vodafone expands its own Wallet app with functionality, KPN uses the SmartOV app. The providers are required to provide and activate the SIM cards. Carrier Arriva tested several years ago a system with smartphones already.

It is not the only way operators look for ways to provide additional methods for Check to allow at ov. So do they include at about checking with debit cards, which often are also already have an NFC chip. Furthermore, they think about a system with bluetooth localization, allowing Check all superfluous is, although it will be realized only in the distant future.


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