Rambus Ecebs has launched a host card emulation (HCE) mobile ticketing solution that enables transport operators to replace physical smart cards with secure digital travel wallets housed on passenger smartphones.
According to Russell McCullagh, managing director at Rambus Ecebs, the comprehensive solution utilizes existing ITSO transport infrastructure and current mobile technology to provide a frictionless travel experience for passengers.
“Most people today do not leave home without their smartphone. The devices are practically indispensable as they are used for voice calls, emails, navigation, online shopping and in-store mobile payments,” he told Rambus Press. “Our HCE mobile ticketing solution offers the same ‘shopper friendly’ convenience consumers have come to expect from their smartphones in a transport environment, as it effectively replaces a physical smart card with a secure digital travel wallet.”
Passengers with near field communication (NFC)-enabled smartphones can choose, purchase and download smart travel tickets onto their devices with the Rambus Ecebs HCE Ticketing app. The smartphone can then be used in the same way as a traditional smart card when passing through a station entry barrier – the device is waved or tapped against the station gate, the virtual ticket is validated and the gate opens.
As McCullagh notes, the Rambus Ecebs HCE mobile ticketing solution also saves transport operators significant costs by reducing the need for physical tickets while leveraging pre-existing infrastructure.
“The Rambus Ecebs HCE ticketing solution features an HCE Ticket Wallet Service that utilizes Rambus Ecebs technology as well as Rambus Bell ID’s HCE cloud-based payments platform,” he continued. “The HCE Ticket Wallet Service enables the issuance, key management and lifecycle management of a virtual smart card and ticket wallet stored on NFC smartphones.”
Additionally, says McCullagh, a new HCE Ticketing App is available and has been integrated with the Rambus Ecebs’ suite of smart ticketing products. The ticketing app features a flexible interface with a complete set of APIs to support seamless integration with third-party transport systems – and can also be provided as a white label application.
Future plans for the Rambus Ecebs HCE ticketing app include additional value-added services, such as account-based ticketing, integrated journey planning, real-time updates and third-party offers.