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Touch-Free Travel Introduced to Cannes’ Transport System With Littlepay Integration

With its world-famous film festival just around the corner, Cannes goes contactless as Littlepay integrates with providers of the city’s public transport sector.   

Littlepay, which provides payments infrastructure for transport and mobility, has launched contactless EMV (cEMV) ticketing on the Palm Bus network in Cannes, France.

The Cannes Lérins Agglomération has given its support of this modernisation of the ticketing system, in collaboration with Palm Bus, Kuba, Littlepay and La Banque Postale.

Riders across the network, which supports over 200 buses, will now be able to pay for trips with either a contactless bank card or through their smartphone.

The city sees the introduction of this payment infrastructure, which doesn’t require knowledge of local ticketing systems, as a vital improvement for both residents and the many tourists that visit the city during its annual film festival and peak summer season.

Littlepay has integrated Kuba’s Vix CP6500 validator and automated fare collection (AFC) back office to its payments platform, so that cEMV can be added to a range of ticketing options Kuba already provides for Palm Bus, including mobile QR codes and closed-loop smart cards.

“The deployment of the open payment solution in our region is the result of a long-standing collaboration between our agglomération, our transport company Palm Bus and our technology partner Kuba,” said Frederic Marandon, DGA mobility of the Cannes pays de Lérins Agglomération. “The addition of this service, with the support of Littlepay, responds to our mission to simplify access to public transport for our regular and occasional customers.”

Minimising fare evasion

Kuba has used Littlepay’s Inspect API to develop a fare inspection app that will be used to deter fare evasion. This is installed on NFC compatible Android mobile devices, which Palm Bus’ fare inspection staff can use to check passengers’ cards against a list of known taps.

The app removes the need for expensive, PCI-compliant fare inspection hardware to establish whether passengers are travelling with a valid cEMV ‘token’ for travel.

Ticketing and payments 101

Littlepay provides a modular payments infrastructure that allows integrations with a range of ticketing systems and acquiring banks.

The partnership with Kuba is an example of how APIs can be used to integrate with any compatible payment reader and back office, providing cEMV processing within a wider ticketing ecosystem.

Tarik Dinane, managing director of Kuba France.
Tarik Dinane

“The deployment of our KubaPay solution integrating open payment in partnership with Littlepay on the Palmbus transport network of the urban community of Cannes Pays de Lérins facilitates access to public transport,” comments Tarik Dinane, managing director of Kuba France.

“Our solution, based around the single validator, is the result of our know-how, expertise and a remarkable collaborative effort. We are particularly proud of the addition of this reference which has undoubtedly contributed to new successes to come.”

Amin Shayan, CEO of Littlepay
Amin Shayan

Amin Shayan, CEO of Littlepay, added: “It’s been fantastic to develop a contactless system in partnership with Kuba and Palm Bus that co-exists seamlessly with other payment options.

“This location is also a great place to see how creating a universal payment experience with tap-to-pay can help cities make travel simpler for overseas visitors. Increasingly, transit users understand they can use their bank card as their ticket to ride, wherever they are.”


  • Tyler is a fintech journalist with specific interests in online banking and emerging AI technologies. He began his career writing with a plethora of national and international publications.

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