French city pilots ticketless public transport payment by smartphone

French local transport authority Valence Romans Déplacements (VRD) in south-eastern France, is piloting Xerox Seamless, an easy-to-use technology for public transport mobile payments that enables passengers to make payments by smartphone.

Between now and the end of June 150 customers will use the Xerox Seamless app on their smartphones to travel on the city’s buses, operated by Citéa for VRD.

Xerox has installed near field communication (NFC) tags on VRD’s local and intercity bus lines. Users download the app to their NFC-enabled smartphone and register with Xerox Seamless to activate an account. Passengers simply tap the smartphone on any Xerox Seamless NFC tag to create and store an encrypted transaction and relay it to the smartphone. Constant network connection is not required – the transaction is transmitted when network connectivity is available.