For release: 20 Jan 2011
Near Field Communication Forum Publishes White Paper on Use of NFC in Public Transport
WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA - Jan. 20, 2011 - The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, has published a White Paper entitled "NFC in Public Transport," which is available for download free of charge from http://www.nfc-forum.org/resources/white_papers/NFC_in_Public_Transport.pdf.
Produced by NFC Forum members who are involved in the transport ecosystem, the 33-page illustrated White Paper will be of interest to transport operators, transport authorities and other stakeholders, offering an introduction to the potential uses, benefits, and setup of NFC technology in public transport programs.
The paper applies a broad definition of transport, ranging from trains, buses, and subways to taxis, ferries, automobiles, and bicycle rentals, and it includes a variety of descriptive use cases and best practice examples of implementations in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Appendices cover technical aspects of NFC deployment, Frequently Asked Questions, and a Glossary, with a list of other documents that can assist in planning the use of NFC in transport programs.
NFC technology can provide many benefits to both transport operators and travelers. For example, the use of NFC in mobile phones, transit contactless readers, and smart posters enables fast and easy ticketing, speedy access control, the downloading of pertinent travel-related information, and much more. Many NFC-enabled phone transactions can be implemented with existing transport contactless infrastructure, requiring only minor additional updates.
The paper describes several ways to introduce NFC into a transport system, from simple point-to-point "pay-as-you-go" schemes to more complex implementations that include multiple operators and multiple payment options, for all forms of ticketing systems.
An important section of the paper shows how transport operators can realize both financial and operational benefits from adopting NFC. There are cost savings from eliminating equipment, ending use of paper and plastic cards, and reducing cash handling. Increased efficiencies can lead to higher customer satisfaction, which in turn can mean increased travel and retention. New revenue streams from advertising and promotional opportunities can benefit an operator's bottom line as well.
The "NFC in Public Transport" White Paper is one of a series produced by NFC Forum members to educate the public and the industry about various aspects of using NFC technology.
About Near Field Communication Technology
NFC technology makes life easier and more convenient for consumers around the world by making it simpler to make transactions, exchange digital content, and connect electronic devices with a touch.
A standards-based connectivity technology, NFC harmonizes today's diverse contactless technologies, enabling current and future solutions in areas such as access control, consumer electronics, healthcare, information collection and exchange, loyalty and coupons, payments, and transport.
NFC technology is supported by the world's leading communication device manufacturers, semiconductor producers, network operators, IT and services companies, and financial services organizations. NFC is compatible with hundreds of millions of contactless cards and readers already deployed worldwide.
About the NFC Forum
NFC ForumThe NFC Forum was launched as a non-profit industry association in 2004 by leading mobile communications, semiconductor and consumer electronics companies. The Forum's mission is to advance the use of Near Field Communication technology by developing specifications, ensuring interoperability among devices and services and educating the market about NFC technology. The Forum's 130 global member companies currently are developing specifications for a modular NFC device architecture, and protocols for interoperable data exchange and device-independent service delivery, device discovery and device capability.
The NFC Forum's Sponsor members, which hold seats on the Board of Directors, include leading players in key industries around the world. The Sponsor members are: Broadcom Corporation, INSIDE Secure, MasterCard Worldwide, Microsoft Corp., NEC, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Inc., NXP Semiconductors, Renesas Technology, Samsung, Sony Corporation, STMicroelectronics and Visa Inc.