NFC tapping into Brazilian transport market

Contactless technology was first adopted in Rio de Janeiro with RioCard transit card in 2003 and is now a part of the daily routine of millions of users. Now the idea it's to enhance the usage of NFC technology the same way.

Contactless technology was first adopted in Rio de Janeiro with RioCard transit card in 2003 and is now a part of the daily routine of millions of users. Now the idea it's to enhance the usage of NFC technology the same way.
For the first time in Brazil, smart phones will be used as mobile wallets with embedded NFC technology to enable secure payment for public transportation tickets. Rio de Janeiro will be the first city in the country to launch this kind of service to the citizens.

This innovative initiative is a pioneering partnership between RioCard Tecnologia da Informação – responsible for public transports in Rio de Janeiro – Gemalto, Motorola Mobility and the country's four leading mobile operators - Claro, Oi, Telefónica and TIM, supported by the GSMA.
Gemalto's UpTeq multi-tenant NFC SIM cards embedded with Mifare4Mobile technology enables NFC transactions for public transportation and will help to understand users' behavior and acceptance of mobile devices as a secure means of payment.

A three-month pilot with 200 frequent users of buses, trains and ferries was concluded in December 2013.

How does it work?

To pay for the ride, the user needs to place his/her smart phone (a Motorola RAZR D3 – which, as the first popular device offering NFC technology, has been exclusively selected for the pilot) within a few inches of the RioCard reader terminal. Then, an app allows users to easily check balances on the screen at any time or place. Soon, RioCard will also offer prepaid charges on the device itself.

"It is a practical and fast system that brings freedom to the customer." says Homero Quintaes, Director of RioCard TI.

Want to know more? Go to the transport web page.