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Wearable transport ticketing for Rio

Gemalto : 08 August, 2016  (Application Story)
Gemalto has provided public transport operators in Rio de Janeiro with the means to deploy contactless wearable ticketing for its travellers
Wearable transport ticketing for Rio

Gemalto has announced a partnership with RioCard, Rio de Janeiro's public transport ticketing operator, to implement contactless transport ticket wristbands. When fully implemented, it will simplify secure payments and improve convenience ensuring smoother travel in any mode of transport (bus, ferry, subway and train) for more than 10 million residents and visitors to Brazil's second largest city.   

With Brazil and Rio de Janeiro hosting the most important sport events in the world, the RioCard contactless transport wristbands are one of the major innovations being introduced to improve the infrastructure for 500,000 foreign visitors. With a simple wave of their wristband near the contactless readers already deployed throughout the city, it is expected to increase use of public transport, transactions speed and simplify travel logistics, building a foundation for simple and secure contactless payments long after the event fanfare concludes.

Gemalto is supplying RioCard with its waterproof Celego Contactless MiniTag wristband and its Celego Contactless MiniTag Sticker both embedded with a contactless chip from Gemalto and certified by Visa and MasterCard enabling all the secure functions of traditional contactless EMV cards. Contactless transit cards were first adopted by RioCard in Rio de Janeiro in 2003 and they are now a part of daily life for millions of users.

"The new RioCard wristbands support our goal to create a more convenient and secure travel experience for all residents and visitors to Rio de Janeiro," said Cassiano Rusycki, CEO, RioCard. "The success of recent contactless projects with Gemalto, like the Lille project in France and Visa's wearable wristband in Brazil have motivated this which builds a technological legacy enabling streamlined transport and improved peace of mind for travellers."

"Gemalto's expertise in implementing contactless payment systems has allowed us to stay ahead in delivering successful wearable and sticker products," said Rodrigo Serna, President for the Americas at Gemalto. "Gemalto has worked with RioCard implementing a pilot programme in 2013 that used its NFC SIM card technology, allowing people to use their mobile phones as RioCard contactless transit cards. Together, RioCard and Gemalto are at the forefront of the wearable payment trend which is expected to grow more than six-fold reaching 126 million devices by 2019."

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