The ticket of the future will be contactless. RFID technology enables fast, secure processes in the public transport sector.
Access control and time recording (tickets and cards) will continue to be central fields of application for contactless communications. Public transport is also shifting into the focus of RFID applications to an increasing extent.
An RFID ticket has a wafer-thin transponder (combination of ship and antenna) between two layers of paper. This "sandwich" may be produced as an individual ticket or a fanfold Leporello ticket.
The smart ticket combines the advantages of paper tickets with those of contactless chip cards. Less expensive materials (paperboard compared with PVC etc.) result in lower unit costs without having to sacrifice the benefits of RFID technology: fast, convenient, secure data transfer – contact-free.
RFID tickets are the most recent innovations among the RFID media. They are rapidly taking the lead in areas that were previously the domains of paperboard tickets and contactless chip cards. These primarily include ski resorts, stadiums and event venues. The use of RFID tickets in public transport is the subject of particularly intensive discussion at the moment.
It goes without saying that RFID rickets can be printed in exactly the same way as conventional paperboard tickets. This means a thermal printer can also be used to post-print them in the usual manner.