23 Feb '18, 5pm

EXCLUSIVE: The rollout of contactless ticketing in Europe

London introduced smart cards just after the year 2000 and contactless ticketing in 2014. Based on earlier progress in cities such as Hong Kong with its Octopus card, London mapped out an early and long-term strategy to bring smart ticketing to its Underground network, and then, across all Transport for London (TfL) controlled public transport in the city, followed by London operating national rail services. This would offer Londoners a fully-integrated ticketing experience, simplify travel for the consumer, and provide a much lower cost ticketing solution for TfL. While the initial model was based on TfL’s own Oyster card product and technology, supplied by Cubic Transportation, it was realized that the longer-term strategy should be to move to a standardized banking solution that could be used with bankcards, as well as other devices, in particular, mobile phones. This w...

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