Rio de Janeiro will be the first city in Brazil to launch a pilot programme enabling mobile NFC ticketing for public transportation due to a partnership between RioCard Tecnologia da Informação, Gemalto, Motorola Mobility and the Brazil’s four leading mobile operators – Claro, Oi, Telefónica and TIM, supported by the GSMA.
For the first time in Brazil, smartphones will be used as mobile wallets with embedded NFC technology enabling secure payment for public transportation tickets. Contactless technology was first adopted in Rio de Janeiro with RioCard transit card in 2003 and is now a part of the daily routine of millions of users.
To pay for the transportation, the user needs to place the smartphone Motorola RAZR D3 – which, as the first popular device offering NFC technology, has been exclusively selected for the pilot – within a few inches of the RioCard reader terminal.
Gemalto, is providing its UpTeq multi-tenant NFC SIM cards with embedded Mifare4Mobile technology. The card protects the users’ credentials enabling them to securely pay for their journey with nothing more than a tap of their handset
“Transportation is emerging as one of the major applications for NFC technology, and our UpTeq multi-tenant NFC SIM card is fully scalable to host an extensive range of services now and in the future,” explains Damien Bullot, Telecom Director for Gemalto in Brazil. “As more and more banks, merchants and service providers introduce leading edge mobile payment technology, Gemalto’s scalable solution can seamlessly accommodate the addition of new service providers as the marketplace evolves.”
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