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Light Rail News: Issue Issue 30 13 Jul 2012

NFC reading ‘too slow for London underground’

NFC technology does not yet have a fast enough read speed for use in ticketing on the London Underground, according to Transport for London (TfL) director of customer experience Shashi Verma. Speaking at the recent Open Mobile Summit in London he said TfL carried out tests in 2007 and 2008, using a Nokia phone.

Whilst these proved popular with users, according to Verma, he believes the read speed has to be faster than 500msto do its job and not impare system efficiency. The existing contactless...

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