Feeds

Germans to get pay-by-phone public transport

Bus tickets today, cash payments tomorrow?

Top three mobile application threats

Residents of the German town of Hanau, near Frankfurt am Main, will soon be able to pay for bus rides using their mobile phones following the successful conclusion of a trial conducted by Nokia, Philips, Vodafone and the local transport authority, the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV).

The system is similar to the Oyster electronic ticket offered to Londoners. Nokia will be offering through Vodafone shops a version of its 3220 handset equipped with near-field communications (NFC) circuitry. When you get on the bus, you brush the phone against the sensor and your journey is recorded. At the end of every month, RMV sends you a bill covering all the trips you've made.

NFC is an established technique for contactless data transmission - it's been touted as an alternative to Bluetooth for wireless headphones, for example. Changing levels of current in the wires of an electric coil wrapped around a magnet generate fluctuations in the magnetic field of a second, nearby coil, generating a signal.

The roll-out of the service as a commercial endeavour follows a ten-month trial in which the tweaked 3220s were provided to 160 Hanau residents, more than 144 of whom gave the system the thumbs-up. Now, all 95,000 Hanau-ites will be able to use the system.

The special handsets will also operate as loyalty cards, allowing users to claim discounts at local shops, bars and eateries.

How soon before users will be able to pay for goods using the handsets. Transport for London, the quango overseeing London's public transport is already pondering how to take Oyster to the next level and offer it not only as a way of paying for bus and tube tickets in advance but as a quick - transactions take mere milliseconds - alternative to cash, albeit replacing loose change rather than big-denomination notes and credit cards. ®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.