Beginning today, pre-selected trial participants will exchange their existing mobile phones for the Sprint trial phones embedded with the NFC enabled smart chip – a chip that will allow them to securely pay for both their fares and their fries. “In BART’s case, a participant will initially have a stored value of $48 worth of BART rides loaded onto their NFC enabled mobile phone,“ BART Director James Fang said. “Once the stored value drops below $10 the NFC technology automatically reloads the phone “˜over the air’ with another $48 worth of rides and the customer will automatically receive our high-value discount, so they will only be charged $45.“[From => BART Trial First to Use Mobile Phones to Pay for Fares & Food <=]
In case you’re interested, here’s one of the phones that I was playing around with in our office:
Many, many years ago I used to work at BART, so I couldn’t resist posting a picture over on one of my other cyberdens. If you want to see some truly shocking behaviour in the Bay Area in the 1980s, have a look over on my personal work blog.