NFC Projects – Portugal

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Small number of users will be able to tap to pay for rides on the metro in Lisbon during the planned two-month first phase. A second phase is to expand the number of users to 100 and also the number of transit operators. According to reports, the second phase would have begun in November and would have used Nokia’s planned NFC phone supporting applications on the SIM, the 6216. The model, however, has been delayed. It was unclear whether the Sagem my700x was also planned for the second phase.

NFC Times Take:
Though small, any trial involving all major mobile operators in a country is significant. And this could be one of the first uses for the Nokia 6216, which enables secure storage of applications on the SIM card, like the earlier Sagem phone reportedly being used. Reports say organizers intended to launch commercially in early 2010, provided NFC phones are available. We’ve heard this before—stated plans to go commercial after the announcement of a trial.

Launch: Oct 2009
Mobile Operator: TMN, Vodafone, Optimus
Service Provider (application): Metro de Lisboa (transit fare payment)
Users: 25
NFC Handsets: Sagem my700X (reported)
TSM*: N/A
Secure Element: SIM
Other Vendors: Oberthur Technologies (ticketing application-reported)

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