Long Island Railroad Rolls Out NFC Pilot Project - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Government // Mobile & Wireless
News
7/30/2012
10:06 AM
Connect Directly
Twitter
Facebook
Google+
LinkedIn
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%
RELATED EVENTS
Managing Multiple Clouds: Best Practices
Jul 26, 2017
Putting all your eggs in one cloud basket is risky, because clouds are not immune to denials of se ...Read More>>

Long Island Railroad Rolls Out NFC Pilot Project

Soon, commuters on the Long Island Rail Road might be able to use their smart phones to pay for passes. Test stations have been rolled out in the first step of an ambitious plan to use near field communications (NFC) for payments and information.

The Long Island Rail Road has begun posting test signs that transmit near field communications (NFC) to compatible devices. The signs are part of a pilot project that eventually will support payments over NFC.

The signs currently only beam the URL of the Long Island Rail Road help page, which opens on the phone when brought in close proximity to the sign. Eventually the program is planned to allow passengers to use an NFC phone much as they might show a pass or swipe a card.

NFC is a tempting technology for many businesses and public transportation may be an especially good one. New Jersey Transit recently began a crackdown on counterfeit monthly rail passes which became more popular following fare hikes. Properly implemented, NFC would be far more difficult to counterfeit.


NFC also can be a new source of attacks on phones. Click here to read about how security researcher Charlie Miller demonstrated such a hack at BlackHat 2012 in Las Vegas recently.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
IT Strategies to Conquer the Cloud
Chances are your organization is adopting cloud computing in one way or another -- or in multiple ways. Understanding the skills you need and how cloud affects IT operations and networking will help you adapt.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll