The ongoing advancements in smart technology are changing the way we travel. Travelers and operators alike will benefit from paperless tickets and seamless journeys across multiple modes of transportation.
The infographic below highlights the growing demand for smart ticketing in mass transit and how it can enable a future of frictionless travel.
As part of the continued adoption of smart technology, Nevis Technologies recently announced that it has issued over 100,000 Bramble smartcards to Glasgow Subway passengers. Bramble – jointly developed by SPT and Rambus’ Ecebs under the auspices of Nevis Technologies – is fully compliant with the UK’s interoperable open security standard for transportation and ticketing known as ITSO.
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“The Nevis Technologies system was first introduced on the Glasgow Subway in 2013 as part of a £300m modernization program,” Simon Blake-Wilson, a VP at Rambus’ Cryptography Research Division, explained. “Its Bramble smartcard is designed for use across multiple transportation systems; securely storing travel data for various ticket types, including pay-as-you-go journeys, season tickets and carnets.”
As Blake-Wilson notes, secure smartcards represent a giant leap forward for public transportation systems that have relied on outmoded paper tickets and tokens for decades.
“The global smart city of the future will be defined by public transport systems that offer convenience and ease of travel,” he said. “This is precisely why public transport operators are working together to ensure journeys become as simple as possible for passengers.”
According to Blake-Wilson, the mass adoption of interoperable smartcards such as Bramble marks a critical milestone for both FinTech and the public transportation sectors.
“Smart ticketing will continue to evolve along with consumer expectations for frictionless commerce,” he continued. “Ultimately, passengers should be able to use their device of choice to travel seamlessly across smart cities, whether it be a smartphone, smartwatch, or even 3D printed clothes with embedded chips.”
Of course, buying and storing train or bus tickets is only part of the smart ticketing equation for future smart cities. Using a smartphone or wearable as a hub, passengers will be able to purchase food and other items, reserve parking spaces, update travel plans in real-time, interact with augmented reality (AR) and Bluetooth beacons, view luggage status and even replace current paper travel documents, such as passports.
“Bramble’s success heralds the start of our journey towards more intelligent and intuitive public transportation systems which will help define the contours of smart cities,” Blake-Wilson added. “We look forward to providing secure technology for future smart transport, both in Europe and around the globe.”