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Specialist timetable signage displaying QR codes and containing NFC tags have been in use in various cities in France since summer 2010. The principle is that mobile phone access points are deployed throughout public transport networks such as bus stations, the Metro, stations, airports, etc. Content for each access point or for each network of access points can be customized in real time via the content management solution developed by the private French company, Connecthings, in Paris. Types of information available for display on a passenger’s mobile phone are:
* real time information about transport connections near to or at a specific station,
* timetables at a specific station,
* real time location-based messaging or advertising.
This is acheived by travellers accessing one of Connecthings’ four petals. Indeed, it is from this street graphic that MOGO’s four coloured petals have been developed.
Seventeen cities shortlisted for 20m Euro French government NFC grant The funding will be used to build out an NFC transport ticketing infrastructure in Paris and other major French cities as national NFC standards are finalised and carriers prepare to rollout NFC payments services across France this year.
Another use of NFC tags in France: Paris gets interactive NFC mailboxes
In Germany, an ititiative between Vodaphone and Deutsche Bahn allows customers to pay for train, subway, tram and bus tickets with their mobile phones.
Customers can now use their mobile phones to make payments on public transport services and at more than 2,000 other businesses.
“This is a new opportunity to put technology at the service of citizens, improve public transport and encourage its use,” says the region’s minister of public works.
Norway’s transport minister has called for a national standard for mobile ticketing based on NFC technology, and urged the mobile phone industry to help the country achieve that goal.
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