RFID in Seoul: first impressions

I’m in Seoul, South Korea looking at the use of mobile technology and RFID.

The first encounter with RFID came only an hour or so off the plane by the Metro ticketing machines, a kind lady showed a mobile phone strap that contained a T Money card:

First encounter with RFID

Within a few minutes I had a charged up T Money card and figured out the over-designed ticket gates. Quite good for a totally new system with new languages and currency.

T Money

Later, at a ‘Family Mart’, there was a hastily placed payment terminal that offered payment for mobile phones.

The touch indicator is very HAL-like, I imagine it glows softly red when a payment is made. More to investigate…

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