UK moves closer to NFC tickets

British government-backed transportation ticketing standards organisation Itso has certified Paragon RTD, a technology developed by Ecebs that lets consumers download and top up rail, bus and other public transportation tickets via smart cards and NFC phones.


Once installed, says Ecebs, the system “will represent a big change in the way consumers buy and use travel tickets. For example, visitors from overseas will be able to purchase their travel needs in advance, download them to their mobile phone, arrive in the UK and travel immediately by simply swiping their phone at a gate.”

“We’re already speaking to a number of transport operators and integrators about putting systems in place during 2012,” says David Burdett, managing director of Ecebs.

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