Today, transport operators wish to deliver the best services and simplify people’s daily lives. Future tools may help them in reaching that goal: NFC phones will certainly become more widely used and stand out as the inevitable multi applicative media. Meanwhile contactless USB keys may increase home usage services, such as the reloading of transport rights.
Calypso is ready to accept these new challenges: a generic applet is already available, fully compliant with the GlobalPlatform API specifications, and is today widely used by SIM providers and bank card manufacturers. The applet is downloadable onto a Secure Element based on the Java Card environment and implemented in an NFC mobile phone or a contactless USB key. This enables new facilities for customers and retailers.
Rolling out an electronic ticketing project over time requires the ability to integrate new upgrade and technological capabilities on an ongoing basis.
Modern urban living is rapidly changing with new technological innovations, one of which is the possibility to integrate different electronic “on demand” services into one single medium. Therefore different applications can be brought together into one single device for the citizens of tomorrow in Europe or elsewhere: the "Urban Pass", will have the ability to integrate mobility and banking applications, local authority and public administration service access.
Calypso security technology and memory storage are tailored to meet multi-functional requirements. A transport application and a dedicated city application may, for example, safely reside on the same Secure Element of a portable object; moreover, they may live alongside third party applications, opening the road to the ideal urban pass.