French railway network, SNCF, announced it has selected VeriFone Systems' PAYware Wynid payments solution to enable customers to purchase tickets through mobile payments, reported Banking Technology. The deployment commenced in April 2013, and distributed 1,000 handheld devices. The rail system estimates this number will result to over 12,000 by the end of August 2013.
The payment device accepts both domestic and international EMV card payments, processes ticket purchases and gives customers invoices as well as passenger information.
“VeriFone’s unique managed payment solution makes it possible for SNCF to further improve efficiency and productivity on our trains by adding on-board payment to our mobile solution,” said Carole Morere to Banking Technology, department director for train information systems at SNCF. “Mobile payment further enhances passenger convenience and is a natural complement to existing capabilities of access to real-time information such as train schedules and seating availability.”