St. Petersburg Railway Extends NFC Ticketing Trials
Published on: 13th Jan 2011
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USA based Ambiq Technology and the St. Petersburg Transportation Authority in Russia have signed a Technology Cooperation Agreement covering products and services based on Ambiq's proprietary NFC mobile payment platform. Ambiq has developed a complete solution that enables passengers to use mobile phones to buy tickets to ride the public transportation system, and it has been undergoing testing in the St. Petersburg Metro since October 2010.
The system utilizes secure element Near Field Communication (NFC) devices, which are designed and manufactured by Ambiq, that are installed in standard mobile phones that work with the existing Metro turnstiles, ground transport readers and connect to the City's ticket management system.
"The technology offered by Ambiq Technology is of interest to St. Petersburg because it simplifies the procedure of buying tickets and paying for transfer in public transport for passengers in St. Petersburg. We know that this solution will be in demand among citizens and guests of the city," said S.V. Popov, Deputy Chairman of the Transportation Authority.
St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia and has over four million daily public transportation riders. The Transportation System deployment is the first step in implementing Ambiq's unified services platform, Secure-Z, along with a unique hardware solution, as part of enabling a mobile payment infrastructure in St. Petersburg, to include other services, such as utility payments, mobile banking, retail and other consumer payment services.