Around the world, nearly 30 cities of more than 1 million people use Gemalto's contactless transport cards
Gemalto, a provider in digital security, announced it was selected by “Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles” (STIB), the company managing transport in Brussels, for its MOBIB contactless transport card program. With Gemalto's Celego card, more than 400,000 inhabitants in Brussels will benefit from the speed and convenience of contactless technology when traveling on the subway, buses and trams. Deployment started in April 2009 and MOBIB cards will be extended to the whole of Belgium.
The MOBIB card is the size of a traditional credit card, is personalized with the holder's picture and is valid for five years. The card allows users to save time when accessing public transport and topping up balances. Travelers can avoid the queues at sales outlets and refill their cards at ticket machines or directly from the readers. Different transport formulas are available to address their needs: season tickets, 10-journey tickets or discount tickets. This multi-purpose card also gives access to public car parks. In the future, users will be able to access events equipped with MOBIB machines, such as stadiums, fairs and theaters.
“We selected Gemalto because it has more than a decade's experience in large-scale deployments of contactless transport cards,” said Etienne Graindor, General Secretary of the ticketing department at STIB. “We wanted to provide our customers with a reliable and sustainable product that they can use on a daily basis during five years. Gemalto was able to offer such a card, which met these requirements perfectly.”
“This deal with STIB is part of our strategy to develop Gemalto's transport activities,” said Philippe Cambriel, Executive VP Secure Transactions Business Unit at Gemalto. “Transport operators play a key role in the expansion of contactless systems throughout the world and Gemalto is proud to supply all the services and technologies required for this development.”