Smartphone NFC Not Fast Enough For London Tube And Bus Commuters
London’s Tube system may have lately presented commuters with the Wi-Fi and 3G features, but the underground metro has shown no such enthusiasm for the mobile payments system. According to the metro’s customer experience chief Mr. Shashi Verma, present NFC technology is not fast enough to pass the process below the 500 millisecond hurdle, which transport for the city currenlty provides with the existing RFID based Oyster card.
The concerns shown by the chief is only on about the NFC technology and not EMV as the service provider is interested to see any development the technology. London metro and bus commuters have used RFID based Oyster card since 2003, and it only takes 300 to 350 milliseconds to authenticate users. However, smartphones with NFC chip could change the whole scene as most of the manufacturers have already included the chip onto the new models.