NFC bus ticketing trial to take place in Madrid

An NFC bus ticketing pilot is to be run in Madrid, Spain by Bankinter and Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid (EMT), beginning in mid-2010.

In the trial, the participants’ NFC phones will act as payments cards that can be reloaded over-the-air or via the internet.

The trial will use a Trusted Service Manager (TSM) solution developed by Ericsson. Bankinter will be responsible for handling the payments function, including managing the reloading of funds to the phones. The system used will be compatible with Mifare DESFire contactless tickets.

Vodafone Spain is also running an NFC pilot in Madrid, with Spanish rail operator Renfe. And, earlier this week, Telefonica announced it is to run an NFC trial in the Spanish resort of Sitges, in conjunction with Visa and La Caixa bank.

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