RFID gets all-clear for German national roll-out

Germany is set to roll out a national radio frequency identification (RFID) ticketing system for its public transport systems...

Germany is set to roll out a national radio frequency identification (RFID) ticketing system for its public transport systems after the success of a government-sponsored trial.

Hundreds of German transport companies are set to use a core application system, with passengers using smartcards to travel and vechicles incorporating RFID technology to collect journey data. 

T-Systems, the IT services subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom and the German Mass Transit Authority (VDV), which represents regional bus and train companies, worked on the trial.

Using the VDV core standards, RFID technology captures passengers' travel data, which is then loaded onto VDV’s back-end servers to allow passenger invoicing and charging to take place. 

T-Systems has already trialled a system on buses, and says it is ready to go commercial with it.

The standard is set to be rubber-stamped by the German government later this year, and transport companies are expected to adopt the technology in time for next year’s World Cup football tournament, which is being staged around the country.

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