Stagecoach, one of the UK’s largest bus and rail operators, and mobile operator Everything Everywhere have teamed up to launch an NFC payments initiative in Cambridgeshire.
The project is still on trial, but it is said to be “the UK’s first government-standard commercial deployment of mobile contactless transport ticketing,” according to Everything Everywhere.
The new service is being tested by a small group of passengers that can receive, store and authenticate their bus ticket via NFC enabled mobile devices, which are built-in with an app designed for the pre-existing local bus network’s smart card readers.
The trial takes place on Cambridgeshire bus routes, including the Cambridge Park & Ride and Guided Busway, and might be extended nationwide in 2013, depending on the success of the experiment.
Martin Griffiths, Stagecoach finance director said:
“Once this trial is complete, we will carry out a review of the findings and assess the potential to expand the scheme further for our passengers.”