Mobile ticketing firm, Corethree and bus operator, First Group, have teamed up with ITSO Transit Hub, Google Pay and Ticketer to deliver Near Field Communication (NFC) ITSO-on-Mobile ticketing with Google Pay. The solution is currently being trialled under a pilot scheme in Glasgow and will be subsequently rolled out across the First Group network, consisting of more than 1.6 million passengers.
Host Card Emulation (HCE) technology allows for the digitisation of tickets and smart cards into the customer’s Android phone and conveyance via NFC, allowing for a more convenient way to travel. The joint venture will allow First Bus passenger tickets to be created and fulfilled by ITSO Transit Hub’s cloud-based ticketing service and then stored in Google Pay, allowing passengers to validate their journey by simply tapping on NFC-compatible readers.
The solution uses Corethree’s Core Engine platform to provide a modern, frictionless mobile ticketing experience and moves bus travel a step closer to a frictionless experience (fewer cards and tickets and speedier boarding).
This project shows how our Core Engine platform is the ideal choice for transport operators to modernise and innovate their offerings, to provide the best travel experience for millions of customers and keep up with the latest trends in lifestyle. With smart digital cards showing no signs of abating and the appetite for customers to rely on their smartphones for virtually any aspect of their daily lives, we expect this solution to grow in demand.
Ashley Murdoch, CEO and Founder, Corethree