VeriFone Systems has announced it has been hosting mobile payments for France’s national rail operator SNFC since April.

One thousand hand-held devices using the PAYware Wynid technology are being used to power on-board passenger ticket purchases.

Over three months that number is set to increase to 12,000 devices which are expected to handle 1.65m payment transactions annually.

Conductors are able to accept domestic and international EMV card payments and process other functions on mobile handheld devices carrying the PAYware Wynid managed services platform.

Carole Morere, department director for trains information systems with SNCF, said: "VeriFone’s unique managed payment solution makes it possible for SNCF to further improve efficiency and productivity on our trains by adding on-board payment to our mobile solution."

Olivier Guiot, country manager, VeriFone France, said: "SNCF is at the forefront of transformation of the passenger experience and has undertaken the largest project in Europe to provide an all-in-one mobile payment and information service that accommodates payment systems from multiple vendors. We look forward to completing the full-scale implementation as SNCF brings these new services to its passengers."

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