Gemalto is enabling speedy transport in Wuhan, China by supplying wristbands embedded with its Optelio Contactless Chip for NFC transport. This pilot will bring significant change in the capital of Hubei province, one of the most populous cities in central China with a population of more than 11 million.
All these wristbands will be preloaded with the transit application, which allows users to ride buses and metro by waving their hand. A fitness tracker integrated in the wristbands will enable consumers to analyse data such as steps taken, distance covered, and sleep pattern. Balance check and account top-up can be done through a smartphone application.
"China wearable device market is expected to exceed 10 billion Yuan," said Suzanne Tong-Li, president for Greater China and Korea at Gemalto. "With extensive experience in contactless deployments, both in transport and payment domains, we can offer innovative wearables that contribute to Wuhan's vision to become world-class transportation hub."
Contactless transit system
The transit system in Wuhan is rapidly moving towards contactless and more than 13 million such cards are already in use in the city. Commuters can expect easier times ahead with this simple and secure wristband, which can be enhanced to include payment and other value-added services in the future.
An easier and faster way to travel will eventually lead to increased user satisfaction, operator efficiency and regional growth.
Gemalto and Wuhan already share a business partnership and the company has been providing contactless transport cards to this city for more than three years now. An extension of these advanced cards these new wristbands are customised at pre-personalisation level and meet the city's local infrastructure's requirements.
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