Oyster Card May Soon Utilize Near Field Communications
Tired of having your wallet crammed with dozens of old cards? Thanks to the success of a recent study of consumer use, we all may soon be seeing more implementation of NFC (Near Field Communication) in our daily lives. NFCs enable a wireless transfer of information to a nearby enabled hub from personal devices like cell phones. The range is around 4 inches and is ideal for mobile ticketing.
Transport for London started trying this technology last year and after a lengthy study it looks like this technology may be heading into the mainstream. According to the six month O2 sponsored study, 67% of users said that they found it more convenient to use than a standard Oyster card and 87% said that availability of the service would be likely to influence their purchase of a new mobile phone. As long as the system proves secure, it will be a no-brainer to lighten the load of our wallets.