NFC mobile payment trial to be launched in Guatemala

“ViVOtech says its NFC provisioning software for mobile payments is being used in the first NFC mobile payment trial in Latin America. The Visa-led Guatemalan deployment marks Latin America’s first NFC-based mobile payment pilot and use of payWave-enabled mobile handsets at hundreds of merchants that have installed the ViVOpay 5000 contactless payment readers.”  Link to […]

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Abu Dhabi to introduce personal rapid transit

“Driverless, rail-guided pod cars running on clean energy? In Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City, the transportation fantasy is set to become a reality with the first of its pod cars due to arrive next summer, and other communities are following suit and exploring how to build their own PRT (personal rapid transit) networks.”  Link to full […]

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Visa to improve payment experience for commuters in Los Angeles and Paris

“Visa today announced it is working with the Los Angeles transit authority to allow train, subway and bus riders to speed through turnstiles and past fare boxes with a simple wave of their Visa payWave-enabled contactless card. In parallel, Visa Europe has announced it is collaborating with the Regie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP), the […]

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Future NFC uses showcased in MIT project

“The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Mobile Experience Lab, along with Nokia’s NFC Business Development department, have produced a video and white paper featuring some future applications of near field communication around campus.”   Link to full story  in CR08News.

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South Korea uses web technology to boost transit use

“If you work in a big city and don’t use public transportation, there’s a good chance that’s because it’s a hassle to use. Seoul wants to make its system more accommodating. The city will create a platform of Web-delivered software, in conjunction with several vendors, which will combine information from the city’s various transportation fleets […]

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Ontario’s London Transit is keeping passengers in the know

“For more than a month, London Transit’s 192-bus fleet has been alerting its 75,000 passengers each weekday about upcoming stops with internal verbal displays and verbal announcements. In addition, outside audio announcements are made by the buses, aimed at passengers waiting at the more than 2,500 stops in the city.”  Link to full story in […]

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Next generation iPhone to include Google Transit?

From Palluxo.com: Apple has seeded iPhone 2.2 firmware beta 2 to developers, adding Google Street View support including the mass transit directions and schedules offered by Google Transit. Rumor has it, more exciting features are coming. Click to read entire post. And from TG Daily: The company seems to be focused on the Maps application […]

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Tampa to create transportation website

“The city’s transit czar is creating a transit-themed Web site. Transit Manager Elaine McCloud said Mayor Pam Iorio’s rail vision will be front and center of a city-run Web site devoted to mass transit.The mayor wants light-rail trains operating from New Tampa to Tampa International Airport with stops at the University of South Florida, downtown […]

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Where’s GEORGE? Just ask Martha

Transit riders in Falls Church, Virginia, will soon be able to find out where their bus is with a phone call. The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) is sponsoring a pilot project to equip the GEORGE bus with low-cost Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) technology using cell phones. The two-route, four-bus system feeds two MetroRail stations […]

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