Sports fans visiting Japan for the Olympics and Rugby World Cup are to benefit from improved mobile ticketing systems after a deal was signed between NFC chip developer NXP Semiconductors and mobile tech leader FeliCa Networks.

With the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympic Games on the horizon, NXP announced that its new GlobalPlatform® based solution, PN81 series will support and integrate FeliCa, EMVCo, mobile transit MIFARE in a single solution.

This will allow smartphones and other mobile devices to conveniently bridge mobile payments in Japan and across borders, and feature mobile ticketing, access control, and loyalty programmes.

The integration will make it easier for those travelling to Japan to use their phones there as, until now, manufacturers have implemented NFC and embedded Secure Element (eSE) solutions tailored to the local market, resulting in a limited global compatibility of their devices.

“With anticipated global events in 2020 and beyond, people are looking for ways to manage crowds, reduce lines and bring more convenience to travellers,” said Rafael Sotomayor, SVP and general manager of secure transactions and identification at NXP.

“The NXP PN81 series with FeliCa support features near field communication (NFC), eSE technology, and supports worldwide security standards such as GlobalPlatform to help unlock the potential of secure seamless transaction and access use cases that many people can appreciate.”

Commencing with the PN81 generation, NXP’s solutions integrate FeliCa compatibility to enable smartphone and wearable OEMs to use the same NFC and eSE components across regional borders and networks.

That allows Japanese consumers to access global NFC applications, while worldwide travellers can securely perform FeliCa payment and ticketing services with their devices.

“FeliCa Networks and NXP share the vision to provide global travellers and mobile phone owners in Japan an integrated contactless experience for payment, ticketing, and other popular use cases towards 2020 and beyond,” said Tomoharu Hikita, president and CEO of FeliCa Networks.

“NXP’s PN81 series is the first chipset certified by the Mobile FeliCa Chipset Certification Program launched in 2018 and would also support the continuing evolution of FeliCa Networks’ Mobile FeliCa platform and solution for better security, utility and performance.”