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IOTApass: Enabling Public Transport Payments with IOTA

Bartolomeu, P. ; Vieira, E. ; Hosseini, SMH ; Ferreira, J.

IOTApass: Enabling Public Transport Payments with IOTA, Proc IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things WF-IoT, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, Vol. , pp. - , April, 2020.

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The extensive use of smartphones combined with the rise in the Internet of Things adoption has fostered the emergence of several use-cases to provide added comfort and peace of mind in our everyday life. Public transportation payment in large cities, where frequent commuters and generic users often spend a significant amount of time buying and validating tickets, can become a cumbersome process. This paper presents the design and implementation of a seamless payment system named IOTApass, which handles payments through the usage of a smartphone and a distributed ledger technology to avoid the limitations of centralized payment solutions. The IOTApass enables a user to seamlessly pay for public transports using a smartphone App without explicit (user) interface interactions, thus reducing payment complexity. Besides describing the architecture, operation, and implementation of IOTApass, the paper documents its experimental validation and confirms its feasibility.