Gemalto, Orange, RATP and SNCF have formed a joint venture dedicated to developing contactless mobility solutions.
Wizway Solutions is supported by France’s Ministry for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs and Ministry for Transport.
The heads of four public services sat at the table including Elisabeth Borne, Chairman and CEO, RATP; Guillaume Pepy, Chairman, SNCF Executive Board; Olivier Piou, CEO, Gemalto; and Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO, Orange.
Wizway Solutions is the world’s first consortium dedicated to contactless mobility, harnesses the expertise of each of its four partners to offer Transport Organising Authorities (TOAs) and transport companies a modern and simple ticketing solution that will facilitate door-to-door travel.
Advances in technology and increased use of mobile devices together create an environment conducive to contactless solutions. These solutions are also a major vector for promoting door-to-door mass transit options and paving the way for ever more sustainable mobility.
Using mobile devices that are compatible with NFC (near field communications) technology, passengers will be able to purchase all types of tickets”single fares, rail cards and more”anywhere, anytime with their carrier’s or TOA’s app, and store these tickets securely on their SIM card. When traveling, passengers will simply pass their cellphones over readers or terminals, or present them to agents checking tickets. A mobile device will suffice for travel, even if it is out of battery or switched off.
The solution offered by Wizway Solutions incorporates two industry standards: Calypso, a contactless international standard that is widely used in France, and NFC (near field communications) technology for mobile phones. It will be compatible with the various operating systems used by mobile phone manufacturers as well as those of telecoms operators in France and, in the medium term, on international markets.
The four founding members each hold 25% of Wizway Solutions, which remains open to other operators and carriers. The current timeline calls for its products to be made available to TOAs and transport companies in 2016, and to be deployed in the general public in 2017.
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