RioCard in collaboration with digital security firm Gemalto has unveiled a contactless ticketing wristband in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to simplify payments and improve public transportation.
RioCard, Rio de Janeiro's public transportation ticketing operator, said that new contactless ticketing wristband can be used to pay fares in any mode of transportation, including bus, ferry, subway and train, by over 10 million residents and visitors.
To execute the transaction, users need to tap a simple wave of their wristband near the contactless readers already deployed across the city.
Gemalto believes that the contactless solution will boost use of public transportation, transactions speed and simplify travel logistics, building a foundation for simple and secure contactless payments long after the event concludes.
Gemalto is providing RioCard with its waterproof Celego Contactless wristband and its Celego Contactless Sticker both embedded with a contactless chip from Gemalto and certified by Visa and MasterCard
The contactless wristband features all the secure functionalities of traditional contactless EMV cards.
RioCard CEO Cassiano Rusycki said: “The new RioCard wristbands support our goal to create a more convenient and secure travel experience for all residents and visitors to Rio de Janeiro.
"The success of recent contactless projects with Gemalto, like the Lille project in France and Visa's wearable wristband in Brazil have motivated this solution which builds a technological legacy enabling streamlined transportation and improved peace of mind for travelers."