Suretap, EnStream Take ‘Major’ Step Forward in Mobile Ticketing

­Suretap and EnStream have successfully completed a proof-of-concept that would enable transit users to pay their fares with a smartphone.

Suretap, an open mobile wallet company, and Enstream, a mobile payments technology company, say the work was conducted in a controlled environment for the Société de transport de Montréal as part of ongoing research and development activities.

“We are excited to be collaborating with STM on this mobile ticketing prototype,” said Almis Ledas, President of suretap and Chief Operating Officer of EnStream. “Enabling the suretap wallet to support transit access is the next major step in the evolution of the mobile wallet, which today offers mobile commerce support for credit cards as well as gift and loyalty cards.”

Suretap and EnStream reproduced the purchasing and validation features of STM’s OPUS smart card on Android mobile devices using near field communication technology.

Downloading an app that virtually reproduces Calypso-type smart cards such as the OPUS card, the initiative tested multiple components of a quick and secure mobile ticketing solution for commuters:

Suretap and Enstream are both jointly owned by Canada’s “Big Three” telcos, Bell, Rogers and Telus.