The first contactless payments to be made on
Brazil’s public transport system are being powered by INSIDE
Contactless’s MicroPass 4003 payment processor.

MasterCard cardholders in Rio de Janeiro can
use their MicroPass-powered key fobs to pay at various points
including: the Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) lift, Supervia
train stations, UCI cinemas, McDonald’s fast food restaurants,
Estapar/Riopark parking lots throughout the city, and will soon be
able to use them at the Rio de Janeiro Metro system. Redecard, the
Brazilian acquiring company, plans to add more PayPass merchant
acceptance locations in the near future.

“Since its introduction last fall, these key
fobs have enjoyed wide acceptance, especially amongst the city’s
younger cardholders, and we are already preparing the next shipment
of inlays to keep up with the demand,” said Bertrand Moussel,
executive vice president of sales, EMEA and LATAM at INSIDE
Contactless.  “We worked closely with Giesecke & Devrient
to develop the key fob and to create a product that will enhance
the user experience through the speed and convenience of
contactless technology.”

The program, which was launched in autumn
2009, is soon to be extended to Rio’s metro system