Transforming travel and transport

From smart ticketing and contactless payments, photo ID to season tickets and Drivers Licences, ID cards come into their own in the Travel and Transport industry.


Applications

Photo ID

Season tickets should be printed with a secure visual identifier to ensure they are being used by the permitted individual and are not being passed from person to person. Cards can be personalised with a photograph at the point of issuance, this can be backed up with a UV printed image or a tamper-proof visual security element such as a HoloKote watermark.

Physical access /season tickets

Smart cards, often based upon a MIFARE platform, are widely used for prepaid ticketing or for weekly, monthly or annual passes. These cards can be issued at the hub itself using a desktop ID card printer fitted with the appropriate smart card encoder. Cards can generally be topped up using kiosks located at the hub. Some transport networks are now permit EMV issued payment cards with contactless technology for instant payment at smart turnstiles.

Data /Drivers’ Licences

One of the major benefits of the Smart Card driving licences is cutting down the turnaround time – applicants can receive a licence in a very tight timeframe and with all data such as their biometrics, signature and photograph digitally stored on the card’s chip, it is forgery proof and completely authentic. They can be a real benefit for not only vehicle owners, but also traffic police or state road transport departments.

Payments /smart ticketing

For convenience, efficiency and speed, many transport smart ticketing solutions now also have a payment application loaded on the chip of the smart card. This enables passes to be used for low value contactless payments at transport hubs for items such as food, beverages and newspapers.

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