Mobility, Identity & Transport

Mobility, Identity & Transport2019-12-13T15:15:10+00:00

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.

A Future of Public Transport Interoperability

The widespread adoption of NFC in Public Transport requires the assurance that NFC-enabled devices will interoperate with existing Public Transport systems throughout the world. Working with industry organizations, standards bodies, and Public Transport Operators, the NFC Forum has succeeded in providing this assurance by harmonizing the specifications of mobile device NFC interface with those of Public Transport readers and cards. Test specifications have been amended accordingly.

These actions have provided Public Transport Operators, Mobile Network Operators, and handset manufacturers with a roadmap for accelerating the implementation of NFC-enabled mobile ticketing. The pieces are in place to enable Radio Frequency interoperability for Public Transport systems – without changing Public Transport infrastructures.

The opportune time to start preparing to include NFC in your Public Transport system? Now!

NFC and the Transport Industry

Resources

Transport White Paper

Download your copy of the NFC-enabled e-Ticketing in Public Transport: Clearing the Route to Interoperability White Paper.

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Get Ready for Mobile Public Transport (PT) Services Informational Flyer

For the latest update on Mobility, Identity and Transport (MIT) Special Interest Group (SIG) progress and to learn how to get ready for mobile PT services read this flyer

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What does the empowered mobile traveler of the future look like?

View the ‘The Mobile Revolution – Accelerating Smart Travel’ infographic to learn how technology is changing the travel experience.

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NFC in Public Transport Case Study

JR East has recently turned to NFC technology to make public transport more open, versatile, and interoperable.

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The NFC Forum Mobility, Identity and Transport (MIT) Special Interest Group (SIG) is very active in the industry and has made tremendous progress in the past year. We welcome your input and participation.

Transport Events of Interest


Nine Out Of 10 Of The World’s Best Selling Smartphones Are NFC-enabled

Most of the top ten smartphones in the world last year by sales are NFC-enabled according to a recent study.  This uptick in NFC functionality in smartphones seems to be tracking to some degree an increase in NFC Forum certifications as well.  There has already been almost 30 NFC Forum certifications through the first two months of 2020.

March 25th, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

New NFC Forum Member Tapwow Takes NFC User Experience In Direct To Consumer Connection Space To The Next Level

Over the last 15 years the NFC Forum has laid the foundation for one of the most successful technologies in use today. It is a standard feature on smartphones and is involved in the daily lives of billions of people.  Over 20% of the world’s population has access to NFC technology.  It is the interface between humans and the digital world acting as the “great enabler” pairing and connecting devices and solutions for people.

March 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

“Terrific Ten” Innovation Award Judges Unveiled

It is truly an honor and pleasure to have such an outstanding slate of judges for the 2020 NFC Innovation Awards. The NFC Forum is grateful for the support and amazed at the level of expertise these judges bring to the effort.  It is arguably a “Top Ten” list of the most influential people in NFC technology today – but we prefer to call them the “Terrific Ten”.  This group will be responsible for deciding the NFC Innovation Award Winners in five categories.  For more information or to enter for free: https://nfcforum.secure-platform.com/a/.

February 27th, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Transport Blog Posts


Nine Out Of 10 Of The World’s Best Selling Smartphones Are NFC-enabled

Most of the top ten smartphones in the world last year by sales are NFC-enabled according to a recent study.  This uptick in NFC functionality in smartphones seems to be tracking to some degree an increase in NFC Forum certifications as well.  There has already been almost 30 NFC Forum certifications through the first two months of 2020.

March 25th, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

New NFC Forum Member Tapwow Takes NFC User Experience In Direct To Consumer Connection Space To The Next Level

Over the last 15 years the NFC Forum has laid the foundation for one of the most successful technologies in use today. It is a standard feature on smartphones and is involved in the daily lives of billions of people.  Over 20% of the world’s population has access to NFC technology.  It is the interface between humans and the digital world acting as the “great enabler” pairing and connecting devices and solutions for people.

March 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

“Terrific Ten” Innovation Award Judges Unveiled

It is truly an honor and pleasure to have such an outstanding slate of judges for the 2020 NFC Innovation Awards. The NFC Forum is grateful for the support and amazed at the level of expertise these judges bring to the effort.  It is arguably a “Top Ten” list of the most influential people in NFC technology today – but we prefer to call them the “Terrific Ten”.  This group will be responsible for deciding the NFC Innovation Award Winners in five categories.  For more information or to enter for free: https://nfcforum.secure-platform.com/a/.

February 27th, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments