Mobility, Identity, and Transport are increasingly intertwined. Electronic identities that represent and identify persons, organizations or technical components in the digital world are also of increasing relevance in mobility and transport. In the past, seamless travel was often limited to local or regional transport ticketing schemes which supported mainly public transportation. Today, multi-modal travel and Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) is a major global trend. Customers demand transport services that include all legs of their journey from the start to their final destination. In addition to public transport services, modes of transportation such as taxi, car rental or car sharing, bikes, scooters or ride-sharing must be supported.
NFC technology is playing a key role in these trends. By allowing a mobile phone to act as a contactless transport card (or as a card reader), NFC enables the millions of NFC-enabled devices in the marketplace to work seamlessly with the millions of contactless readers that Public Transport Operators (PTO) and Mobile Network Operators (MNO) have deployed globally.