Stagecoach is launching a mobile contactless transport ticketing service through Everything Everywhere that could be rolled out nationwide across bus and rail services next year.
The trial is underway in the Stagecoach bus network in Cambridgeshire and allows a small section of bus users to receive, store and validate tickets using handsets provided by Orange that run its Near Field Communications (NFC) service Quick Tap.
The Government, along with transport operators and public sector bodies, is aiming to provide the infrastructure to enable people to pay for journeys using smart ticketing by December 2014.
Everything Everywhere chief marketing officer Gerry McQuade said: 'We’ve already started a new movement in the way we make payments and receive retail rewards on the high street, so this really is the next step – providing customers with additional simplicity and convenience to help improve their public transport experience.
'As Britain’s biggest communication company, we’re proud to be working with Stagecoach to help bring public transport ticketing into the 21st century and start a trend towards a future where ultimately the traditional paper and card tickets of today will eventually become a thing of the past.'
Stagecoach group finance director Martin Griffiths said: 'Smartphones are playing an increasingly important role in helping people manage their busy lifestyles and are already used across many areas of life. We believe this technology can also make public transport easier and more convenient to use. Once this trial is complete, we will carry out a review of the findings and assess the potential to expand the scheme further for our passengers.'
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