FIME, provider of consulting and market integration services for near field communication (NFC) solutions, has contributed its expertise to a virtual car key access system using NFC technology launched by Valeo and Orange Business Services.
The solution makes it possible to temporarily transfer a car key to a mobile phone, manage a booking system online and finally, open the car door and start the car using this mobile phone.
FIME has offered its application development capabilities to the innovative project being delivered by Valeo, a provider of components, systems and modules for the automotive industry, and Orange Business Services, an entity within the France Télécom Group dedicated to global business telecommunications.
The solution is based on mobile phone and web technology and can be used by a company or privately by a group of friends. The process works as follows:
The owner of the vehicle featuring NFC technology logs in to the car sharing site.
They build up their user community by inviting participants to the scheme using SMS. Once the invitation has been accepted, the participant’s mobile phone can be used as a virtual key.
The participant reserves a time slot using their mobile device to access the vehicle. Once the slot has been confirmed, they will receive a one-time virtual, temporary key on their mobile phone. The participant brings the handset close to the vehicle door and dashboard featuring Valeo NFC readers to open and start the car.