More than 100 users in a 10-month trial of NFC transit ticketing in Málaga, Spain, tapped for a total of 7,500 rides and got information from smart posters at bus stops more than 3,000 times, France Telecom-Orange has announced.
Orange Spain and Málaga transit operator EMT launched the trial in February of 2012, and 110 users participated, using an NFC-enabled Samsung phone with an “embedded EMT-Orange virtual wallet.”
The transit application was likely loaded on NFC SIM cards, and users could top up their tickets over the air. They could tap to ride on EMT’s fleet of buses in the Andalusian city. There were also NFC tags deployed at more than 700 bus stops. By tapping, users find out how soon the next bus would arrive.