Gemalto collaborates with RioCard for contactless transport ticketing at the Olympics

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International digital security provider Gemalto has collaborated with Rio de Janeiro’s public transportation ticketing operator RioCard to implement contactless transport ticket wristbands in Brazil’s second largest city. The application of this contactless payment solution will make it easier for users to make secure payments, and will benefit them in various modes of transportation such as, bus, ferry, subway and train.

Gemalto will provide RioCard with its waterproof Celego Contactless wristband and Celego Contactless Sticker. Both the wristband and the sticker are embedded with a Gemalto contactless chip, which is certified by Visa and MasterCard, allowing all the secure functionalities of traditional contactless EMV cards.

Along with the 10 million Rio residents, the implementation of the solution will also benefit the expected 500,000 foreign visitors who will arrive in the city to attend the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics. Contactless readers have already been deployed throughout Rio, which is expected to increase the use of public transportation, transactions speed and simplify travel logistics.

Rodrigo Serna, Gemalto Americas president, said: “Gemalto's expertise in implementing contactless payment systems has allowed us to stay ahead of the curve in delivering successful wearable and sticker solutions. Gemalto has worked with RioCard implementing a pilot program in 2013 that leveraged its NFC SIM card technology, allowing people to use their mobile phones as RioCard contactless transit cards.

“Together, RioCard and Gemalto are at the forefront of the wearable payment trend which is expected to grow more than six-fold reaching 126 million devices by 2019,” Serna added.

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