Oyster Card May Soon Utilize Near Field Communications

Oyster Card May Soon Utilize Near Field Communications
Nicko Margolies

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.

[via Londonist]
[image via Flickr: nicohogg]