London Underground: NFC mobile payments ’too slow’ for the tube

NFC Mobile Payments has been tested several times in the past, London’s Tube system won’t be getting mobile-based payment technology any time soon. Customer Experience Director Shashi Verma said that existing NFC technology wasn’t able to drop below the 500 millisecond barrier – something which Transport for London demands from its high-churn Oyster card-based turnstiles. Verma added, “The concerns are only around NFC technology and not EMV. We are keen to see any progress the industry can make in this area.”

Very strong and interesting point-of-view, it’s all about the experience. I know a few companies are trying to crack this, and some already have … but I guess it’s not always up to the tech provider, if the OEM phones cannot guaranty the desired response time.