French Passengers may have the option for USB tickets

by Mark R

Riding the train is always a time consuming process of waiting to buy a ticket, then waiting in line to use the ticket. French public transportation company SCNF is testing out a way to make this entire process easier for passengers.

This system involves the use of Weneo ID Smart, a USB card that gives the passenger the power of paying for a ticket before he or she arrives at the station. All a user needs to do is plug in the USB card onto their computer, and he or she can pay for their tickets in advance online, withdrawing funds from their own bank account.

As long as the passenger does not forget his or her USB card, the fare will be deducted from it via RFID reader or from an attendant with a handheld tool.

So far, this program is in the trial stage, as SCNF is trying it out on 1,000 passengers at this present time. If it is successful, they fully intend to implement it to all customers by 2010.

Is there any reason why this process can’t be used for something like movie tickets, bus tickets, or sports tickets? If this Weneo ID Smart works, I can completely see the entire world of tickets changing as we know it. No more slips of paper or ticket stubs.

Of course, what do you do with the guy who says: “I paid for it, I did. I don’t know why your RFID reader isn’t reading it.” I guess he’ll have to go in a different line.


4 reviews or comments

Memo Says: September 3, 2008 at 12:38 pm

Yay! One step closer to a world bank dominated existence. The solution to forgetting your card at home? Subdermal RFID chip!!! How wonderful!

Gallery of posts up to 09-04-2008 » Coolest Gadgets Says: September 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm

[…] French Passengers may have the option for USB tickets […]

Neagle Says: September 6, 2008 at 7:19 pm

USB & RFID, the security exploits are limitless.

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