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April 19, 2012


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We're working with the people who 'did' Poland to launch a prepaid in Wigan to deliver personalisation service (cooperative member based) that links and individual's contribution to community with their entitlement.

think of it as a unified entitlements card that delivers personalised pricing.

Working with Nesta to scale it up. I know you know David Birch etc let me know if you're interested in learning more ;)


In general I think the success of Oyster, the Polish experience you describe and so on suggest that touch and pay is an acceptable model for many - generally more convenient than fetching cash from your pocket. However I have encountered a problem, in that it seems these things can interfere with each other. My Oyster had worked fine then Barclays sent me a contactless card and suddenly my Oyster had a problem about 3 times out of 4 when I touched my wallet on the reader. The only way round it was to take one or other card out of the way. I tried another Oyster we had in the family but the problem persisted. If this is an inherent problem it raises the question of whether once we have more than one NFC card in the wallet is juggling cards much more convenient than juggling cash ?


It's good, but you still have to get your mobile out of your pocket just like you would your wallet.
I'd like to see sub-dermal RFID implants that can be used by just touching your hand to the scanner. Amal Graafstra (amal.net) and others are already blazing a trail here.

Fritz Thomas Klein

Let me add an anecdote of many years ago with the first cotactless experiment in Switzerland. It involved public transport and a bus company. When walking on the pavement, your card got charged everytime a bus passed....

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