SNCF, a French national railway company, and Orange, a telecommunications provider, are experimenting contact less services by mobile phone to facilitate travel for passengers of SNCF, Keolis and Effia, the latter two being subsidiaries of SNCF in the region surrounding Rennes.
Over a two-month period, 50 subscribing passengers will test a prototype contactless telephone integrating NFC (Near Field Communication) technology in the SIM card and providing access to various services, including transport ticketing, payment of purchases, timetable information and car-park access. Customers will be able to take the TER train (suburban train), bus or metro of the local network, using the mobile as the sole medium for all transport tickets. They will also be able to buy and receive their coupon on line.
In addition, SNCF Proximites will install NFC labels (the size of a calling card) on posters in the stations where the trial takes place. All test customers will have to do is position their mobiles against the NFC label. They will then receive direct timetable information on the next trains arriving and departing.