Russian Networks Test NFC Based Payments for Transport Tickets
Published on: 13th Feb 2014
Russia's four big mobile networks are testing NFC based mobile payments with the public transport operator in the city of Kazan.
The NFC SIM card for the mobile tickets are being provided by Oberthur Technologies and the project has been jointly implemented by the four top mobile operators, MTS, MegaFon, Vimpelcom and Rostelecom alongside the local transport system operator.
In addition to the transport ticketing service, some of the operators offer subscribers a combination of transport and payment services based on NFC technology.
OT participates in this project as the sole supplier of NFC SIM cards in the first phase of project with embedded transport and payment applets. The electronic transport purse released on the SIM card is compatible with the current MIFARE-based ticketing solution "Transport Card".
"We are very proud to participate in this unique NFC launch in Russia with the four major Russian mobile operators, to provide modern and convenient access to public transportation for all" said Thierry Siminger, RMEA President at Oberthur Technologies. "Our NFC expertise is an undeniable asset that enables us to offer a secure and convenient service that will facilitate national adoption".