AIS and Oberthur prep Bangkok public transport mobile NFC trial

AIS and Oberthur prep Bangkok public transport mobile NFC trial

Thai telco Advanced Info Service (AIS) has selected an Oberthur Technologies SIM card for its upcoming mobile contactless payments trial on Bangkok's public transport network.

The new Oberthur DragonFly NFC SIM card, with embedded Mifare DESFire technology, will enable customers to use their mobile phones as e-purses to pay for public transportation and goods in the Thai capital.

Pilot participants can also directly top-up credit on their SIM card and check both their balance and transaction history using their mobile phones.

Oberthur claims that its new NFC SIM card range boasts increased speed, security and convenience as well as best-in-class certifications and an integrated anti-virus.

Supreecha Limpikanjanakowit, MD at AIS subsidiary Advanced MPay, says: "The major decision for us to select Oberthur Technologies was dragonFly's speed because it is key for transport, in order to offer to our customers a best-in-class experience."

Oberthur is also working with telco Etisalat in the UAE to offer NFC-enabled transit ticketing on the Metro, ahead of the roll out of a full mobile wallet later in the year.

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