Secure Element Issue Weighs on Airline Industry Evaluation of NFC
The International Air Transport Association, which represents 240 airlines worldwide, plans to finish its evaluation of NFC technology this year and could propose standards to its members in October, the group has told NFC Times.
The association, known as IATA, set up a task force under its Fast Travel initiative and has been evaluating NFC technology as a way to flow passengers more quickly through airports.
It is looking at six major uses for NFC–to enable passengers to tap NFC mobile devices at check-in kiosks, boarding gates and security checkpoints; to identify them to drop off bags and enter lounges; and to allow them to make payments for services, such as onboard meals and ground transportation.
IATA is working with both mobile operator trade group the GSMA–with which it co-authored a white paper in 2011 setting out the six major use cases for NFC; and with the NFC Forum standards and trade group–with which it signed a collaboration agreement in 2012.
“They (IATA and airline representative) just like the speed and ease of NFC, and the potential to cross sell services, pay onboard, get people into the lounges,” Debbie Arnold, director of the NFC Forum, told NFC Times, who said the forum has met at least five times with IATA since last May and plans to host IATA representatives in two weeks at its general meeting in Seoul, South Korea.