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Contract Issued for Rail Passes with Beacons

  • NFC World, Wednesday, February 11, 2015 12:38 PM

UK rail passengers could soon have their tickets verified automatically as they walk through fare gates at a station, using a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)-enabled mobile ticketing app due to be built by Bytemark. The mobile commerce solution provider has been awarded a contract to create the app byFutureRailway, a collaboration between the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) andNetwork Rail established to “accelerate the uptake of innovation within the rail industry”. It could be used by the UK’s rail operators to enable travellers’ tickets to be verified by “simply walking through fare gates equipped with new wireless readers”.

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