Virtual tickets bring in the Age of the Digital Wallet
by Mark R
I think we all know that everything that we do now, from communication to commerce, will all be done from our personal cell phone. In other words, that cell phone that we do everything on will do even more as it becomes our digital wallet.
In fact, this technology is already in place in Japan. In some places, all you have to do is touch a certain electronic sensor with a cell, and your payment is processed. I’ve heard that these devices have been in place since 2000.
San Francisco is trying to make strides in this technology with an experimental ticket-taker on the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). Passengers of the Bay City’s famed rail train can now walk through and scan their cell phone instead of buying a separate ticket. Not only can certain phones get you a ticket on the BART, but you can make purchases from Jack-in-the-Box. So far, they are only testing it out with 230 people with Samsung phones.
Well, if this little experiment works out, it won’t be long before we won’t be carrying credit card plastic anymore, but you will just scan your phone. You better hope that no one steals your phone or all your financial information will be lost. Fortunately, you should be able to call and report it, but wait, you don’t have a phone!