Smartcard manufacturer Gemplus has announced what it claims is the first commercial mobile e-purse service to allow users to re-load cards via mobile phones, writes Caroline Davis
Holders of the Cashcard electronic purse smartcard in Singapore can re-load their cards by inserting them into a dual-slot mobile phone together with a smart cash machine card and typing in their PIN.
Visa, Barclaycard and Cellnet ran a similar trial in Leeds, where users could download money over Cellnet's GSM network on to their Barclaycard by inserting it into a modified Motorola Startac mobile phone.
However, the Gemplus scheme is the first commercial application of this technology. It uses Gemplus' 32k Gemxplore SIM card together with Motorola, MobileOne and Network for Electronic Transfers in Singapore. The Cashcard is widely used by motorists and other consumers in Singapore to pay for road tolls and other small value purchases.
Meanwhile, Southampton will become the first European city to use an interoperable smartcard for trans-portation, entertainment, education and public service. The scheme is part of the EU-supported SmartCities pilot.