GlobalPlatform Launches Transportation White Paper

22 April 2014

Latest paper introduces on-card transactions to simplify public transportation ticketing payment process

GlobalPlatform, the organization which standardizes the management of applications on secure chip technology, has published a free to download white paper which specifies how stakeholders can work within the existing transportation network infrastructure to offer innovative ticketing payment solutions using a contactless card or near field communication (NFC) enabled handset.

The white paper, entitled:On-Chip Services: Seamlessly Performing Payment Transactions within the Existing Transportation Ticketing Infrastructure’ will be of interest to payment schemes, public transport operators and application developers. The document examines the current transportation network infrastructure and explains how a contactless card or secure element (SE) can generate a ticketing transaction without any updates being made to the existing network infrastructure using a new concept called ‘on-card transaction’.

An on-card transaction can be carried out on either a contactless card or an NFC-enabled mobile device when the device is online or offline. To undertake an on-card transaction, a payment application and a transit application are both downloaded and hosted on the same contactless card or SE – a tamper-resistant platform capable of securely hosting applications and their confidential and cryptographic data – within a mobile device. This allows direct communication between the two applications enabling a payment transaction to be undertaken within the secure environment of the SE.

“The increased global adoption of contactless payment cards and NFC-enabled mobile devices provides an opportunity for the transit sector to offer simplified and streamlined access to transit networks via this payment method,” explains Stephanie El Rhomri, Chair of GlobalPlatform’s Transportation Sub-Task Force and NFC & Payment Vendors Business Line Manager at FIME. “For any solution to gain mass market traction, however, it must work within the existing infrastructure to avoid costly updates.”

An on-card transaction enables a ticketing payment to be initiated by either the payment or transit application to accommodate any business model. The paper therefore examines how GlobalPlatform’s existing specifications can be leveraged to implement all on-card transactions and supporting services. The paper concludes by listing the potential additional standardization efforts that GlobalPlatform could support to encourage market adoption.

Gil Bernabeu, Technical Director of GlobalPlatform, comments: “This solution allows transit and payment applications to interact inside a SE, while limiting the impact on the public transport operators legacy infrastructure. It enables passengers to access a transit network with no change to gates, ticket validators or the fare collection system. GlobalPlatform play a collaborative role within the marketplace and its specifications can support applications residing on the same platform but from different markets. Service providers, therefore, don’t need to adapt their business model in terms of security for different audiences and environments. As in the case of on-card transactions, this saves money and time to market.”

On-card transaction not only has the potential to streamline the transaction time for transportation users, but can offer value to other markets such as payment and loyalty, where two applications benefit from direct interaction and authentication. 

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