The EXPO 2020 World Expo is being held under the theme of Opportunity, Sustainability and Mobility, where participating countries showcase their innovations, achievements and ambitions, exploring these sub-themes in different thematic weeks. Reem Al Hashimy, Executive Director of Expo 2020 and Minister of International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, said:
“The aim of the event is to encourage us to come together to tackle the challenges we face, as this is the only way to guarantee a better future for humanity.”
During the Urban & Rural Development Week, launched on 31 October 2021, the National Mobile Payment Plc. was also given the opportunity to present its existing national services in line with the general – national and global – sustainability and digitalisation efforts, as well as its future goals and national and regional conceptual directions at a series of presentations in the Hungarian Pavilion.
The Public Transport Mobile Ticket service, which connects cities and urban ecosystems, enables the electronic redemption of tickets and passes for local and interurban public transport, simply and cashlessly for the travelling public, using a smartphone application.
Mobile parking in Hungary, a public service, has been unified since 1 July 2014: charges levied by parking operators in pay parking zones can be settled quickly and conveniently via a mobile device and an app. The GPS built into the phone is used to locate the device (the parking zones are divided into numbered zones) and then the position of the device is displayed on the map, which can be used to start the parking process.
The common features of the services are that tickets purchased electronically do not need to be printed, validation is done by a smart device – thus significantly reducing the amount of cash needed – and paper circulation – significantly reducing the environmental impact.
In addition to national services available nationwide, regional cooperation opportunities were also discussed: The V4 Smart Platform Project 2 (V4SP2) aims to develop common interoperable e-services in the V4 member countries for the convenience of the population and public administration, such as interoperability between mobility (transport) and tourism services, a common, unified electronic and mobile payment infrastructure, a new generation of digital services in a single open model, and new market opportunities for V4 companies.
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