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HCE Ticketing App

Part of a comprehensive suite of transport products, the Rambus HCE Ticketing App, including technology from Ecebs, enables travelers to securely select, purchase, download and use a ticket, anytime and anywhere, on a mobile device.

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HCE for Ticketing

Enabling truly smart ticketing to arrive in the mobile era, the Rambus HCE Ticketing App delivers an out-of-the-box, secure mobile ticketing solution to transport operators and provides travelers with an easy interface to purchase and manage tickets.

Host card emulation (HCE), a technology proven in high-volume mobile payment applications such as Android Pay, offers the security of a smart card on a mobile device without relying on access to a secure element (SE). This is achieved through secure cloud storage of valuable credentials and keys, rather than the SE in phone – enabling broad adoption across NFC-enabled smart phones and mobile network operators.

When applied to transport, HCE enables operators to offer the mobile ticketing experience travelers have come to want and expect by providing a mobile app to securely store and use tickets directly on their mobile devices. Rather than storing tickets on traditional plastic smart cards, they are stored on a virtual smart card in a secured app that can then be used to tap through gates to travel.

HCE Ticketing App

HCE Ticketing App

Going Mobile with Rambus HCE Ticketing

The adoption of smart cards as an alternative to paper and magnetic stripe tickets continues to increase. Deployments such as Oyster in London and Octopus in Hong Kong illustrate the success of smart card-based ticketing systems for both transport operators and passengers. Despite the popularity of physical smart cards, the smart ticketing space is steadily evolving as transport operators introduce new payment and travel options for NFC-enabled smartphones. Host card emulation (HCE), which offers the same ‘shopper-friendly’ experience consumers have come to expect from their smartphones in a retail environment, is a key driver of mobile technology in the public transportation sector. This eBook explores the benefits of HCE mobile ticketing for transport operators seeking to modernize their fare systems.

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How the HCE Ticketing App works

The HCE Ticketing App enables quick and easy digital distribution to customers, removing the effort of inventory management, encoding and issuance of physical transport smart cards to your customers. The app also provides transport operators with access to valuable traveler data and analytics to optimize ticket offers, pricing, staffing and routes.

Customers can use the HCE Ticketing App in the same way they would a normal transport smart card, purchasing and loading tickets just as they would from a ticket vending machine. When combined with the Rambus Remote Ticket Download (RTD) software, operators can enable over-the-air (OTA) ticket download, anytime and anywhere, for easy delivery of tickets to the virtual smart card on the mobile device, expanding the ticket buying options beyond ticket vending machines. This can simultaneously reduce operator infrastructure cost and improve customer experience by offering the secure selection, purchase, download and use of a ticket on a mobile device.

The HCE Ticketing App is fully integrated with Rambus’ suite of smart ticketing products and features a flexible interface with a complete set of APIs ready to connect with third-party solutions, including CMS and ITSO HOPS solutions. In addition, the app features a skinnable user interface to easily customize the look and feel of the user experience to operator branding.

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The HCE Ticketing App also features a roadmap of additional value-added services such as account-based ticketing, integrated journey planning, real-time updates and third-party offers to bring additional value to operators and an enhanced user experience for travelers.

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