The worldwide demand for smart card and limited use disposable contactless ticketing solutions continues to grow. We are now beginning to see the demise of the memory smart card and improved uptake of microcontrollers as transport authority’s look at implementing higher end security alongside multi-application functionality to enable added value services through both smart cards and NFC.
Disposable, limited use ticketing solutions remain in demand, a cost effective solution deployed to those cost sensitive regions and to those transit authorities that wish to offer a more cost friendly solution to occasional travelers. Overall, ABI Research forecasts that combined shipments of memory, microcontroller and disposable limited use ticketing solutions will ship 1.15 billion units in 2013, growing to shipments totaling just over 2 billion in 2018.
This Competitive Assessment presents full year 2011 and 1st half 2012 market shares based on unit shipments of the key smart card and IC vendors operational within the contactless transportation and ticketing market. Market share analysis is provided for memory, microcontroller, and disposable limited use contactless ticketing solutions. Also included is a smart card and IC vendor matrix where companies were judged and scored under both an implementation and innovation category with a set of criteria and score weightings set out for each. This report provides ABI Research’s opinion on which vendors have the most relevant infrastructure, innovative product lines, and future proof strategy in place to win out in a market which is rapidly evolving.