German Networks Using QR Codes to Grant Access to Museums
Published on: 2nd Oct 2011
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Three of Germany's mobile networks Telefonica, T Mobile and Vodafone are launching a new offer for their shared mobile payment service, mpass. Smartphones can now be used as digital admission tickets for a special exhibition at Berlin's Museum Island.
The tickets are paid for on the next mobile phone bill while a QR code on the mobile's display opens the museum turnstiles. Other museums are planning to offer the mobile payment service in the future.
No app is needed. Paying for tickets is just as easy as buying them: the amount is simply added to the monthly mobile phone bill.
Michiel van Eldik"With the mpass mobile ticket to the Pergamon Museum, we have demonstrated that paying by mobile phone is already a reality," says Michiel van Eldik, Managing Director Wholesale & Partner Management at Telefonica Germany. "Smartphones are the wallets of the future: they will let customers pay conveniently, securely and without cash wherever and whenever they want."
Once a ticket is purchased, it is immediately sent to the mobile phone by MMS as a QR code. This is then automatically read from the mobile phone at the entrance turnstiles.
The mpass service for the Pergamon exhibition is the starting signal for further mobile ticketing offers. The National Museums in Berlin (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), which include the Pergamon Museum, aim to equip all their museums with similar systems in the future. The New Museum is next on the list for mobile ticketing.