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Transit Technology for Urban Mobility Leaders

Enhance Passenger Boarding Efficiency with Ultrasonic Proximity Verification

Imagine a world where every journey is seamless, secure, and efficient, making every interaction count for both operators and passengers.

Public transportation is undergoing a significant transformation, and LISNR’s ultrasonic technology, also known as data-over-sound, is integral to building a more innovative and accessible approach to digital transformation in transit technology. 

Introducing Radius: All-in-One Data Transfer Solution

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Radius, engineered by LISNR, is the world’s leading data-over-sound solution for payment, mobility, and other proximity applications using ultrasonic technology. 

Leveraging cutting-edge transportation technologies, the Radius SDK allows transmission from a device’s speaker to a microphone on a receiving device, completing the authentication or communication function.

Macro Use Cases: How Urban Mobility Companies Use Ultrasonic Technology

Innovative transportation technologies such as data-over-sound play a crucial role in shaping the future of passenger vehicles and urban mobility within smart cities. Urban mobility leaders use LISNR’s ultrasonic data transmission for proximity verification, transaction authentication, and proximity marketing, allowing mobility companies to streamline passenger boarding, facilitate contactless ticketing, enhance transaction security, and offer personalized services.

Proximity Verification

Determine the proximity of passengers to optimize transit operations and improve service delivery. Seamlessly manage passenger flow and ensure efficient use of resources.

  • Enhanced Security
  • Seamless Integration
  • Real-time Detection

By integrating ultrasonic proximity verification, transit agencies can streamline the boarding process and enhance throughput, making it more efficient and less-prone to fraud.

This technology enables contactless, secure, and rapid transit access validation, creating a smooth and hassle-free experience for passengers, particularly during rush hour or during large events.

Transaction Verification

Authenticate ticketing and fare transactions securely and efficiently. Provide a trustworthy, contactless, hassle-free payment experience for all passengers.

  • Fraud Prevention
  • Efficient Processing
  • Customer Confidence

With ultrasonic technology, transaction verification becomes seamless and secure, and all fares are processed efficiently without the need for internet connectivity or specialized hardware.

This is especially beneficial in environments and cities with poor or no internet connection, offering uninterrupted service and enhancing passenger satisfaction.

Proximity Marketing

Use proximity data to deliver personalized travel information and promotions. Enhance passenger engagement with targeted communication based on their location.

  • Targeted Advertising
  • Increased Engagement
  • Data Insights

Ultrasonic technology also opens new avenues for proximity marketing and sales. Transit systems can offer tailored recommendations, from seat preferences to onboard services and even serve ads.

This level of personalization is difficult to offer in public transport with other proximity modalities that rely on internet connectivity or specialized hardware.

Accessibility Offline

Deliver services with or without online access for uninterrupted and accessible travel experiences for all passengers

Contactless Ticketing

Facilitate transit ticketing without physical contact so passengers can board and travel effortlessly and reduce waits times

Dynamic Pricing

Adjust fares dynamically based on demand to optimize revenue and provide flexible pricing options for different segments

Emergency Response

Use real-time data to respond swiftly and efficiently, ensuring the safety and well-being of all passengers.

Fraud Detection

Detect and prevent fraudulent activities in real time. Safeguard revenue and ensure fair access to transportation services.

Real-Time Presence

Detect passenger or employee presence in real time. Get accurate rider counts and make timely responses to issues.

Micro Use Cases for Urban Mobility Initiatives

What else can you do once proximity is established?

With LISNR’s ultrasonic technology, urban mobility leaders can create a smarter, more responsive public transportation system that meets the evolving needs of modern cities addressing everyday operational needs and customer expectations from ticketing and pricing to security and fraud prevention.

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Comparing Ultrasonic to Alternative Modalities for Transit

Which modalities are best suited for your urban mobility initiatives? See how they compare here.

When it comes to transit technologies, ultrasonic technology stands out as a versatile and reliable solution for mass transit systems. In a head-to-head of transportation tech, ultrasonic technology surpasses traditional modalities like Bluetooth (BLE), RFID, and NFC in terms of precision, versatility, reliability, accessibility, and battery consumption.

By integrating transit software solutions powered by ultrasonic technology, transit agencies can stay ahead of emerging transportation trends and address passengers’ evolving needs.


Ultrasonic vs Bluetooth (BLE)

Ultrasonic technology offers several advantages over Bluetooth (BLE), including the ability to work without internet connectivity and compatibility with a wide range of smartphones and devices. Transit agencies can seamlessly integrate ultrasonic technology into existing systems without significant investment into infrastructure.

Unlike BLE, ultrasonic is not reliant on specialized hardware, providing a more flexible, scalable solution for global applications in urban mobility.


Ultrasonic vs RFID

Ultrasonic technology offers greater flexibility and global accessibility compared to RFID technology, commonly used for access control and payment systems. RFID systems often require specialized hardware and infrastructure, whereas ultrasonic technology can operate seamlessly using existing infrastructures without internet access.

Transit systems can overcome RFID’s constraints with ultrasonic technology for more efficient and accessible services in smart cities and urban mobility initiatives.


Ultrasonic vs NFC

Ultrasonic technology outperforms NFC in several key aspects in the realm of contactless communication. Unlike NFC, which relies on hardware-specific devices and is not globally available on all mobile devices, ultrasonic tech is accessible on any handheld device with a microphone and speaker.

Ultrasonic technology operates reliably in limited to no connectivity environments, providing uninterrupted service for transit passengers and supporting innovative transportation trends.


Ultrasonic vs Ultra-Wideband

Ultrasonic technology provides a more practical, cost-effective solution for transit agencies compared to Ultra-Wideband, which offers high precision but requires specialized hardware and infrastructure. This dependency can hinder scalability and accessibility in mass transit environments.

Ultrasonic technology enables seamless integration into existing vehicles, transit software, and infrastructure without extensive hardware upgrades, supporting urban mobility and the transit and logistics industry.


Ultrasonic vs QR Codes

Ultrasonic technology offers a more versatile, secure alternative to QR codes, which have long been used for access control and payment systems in transit terminals. QR codes rely on visible identification methods that are easily spoofed and compromise security in transit agencies. Additionally, QR codes require cameras and online connectivity for data retrieval.

Ultrasonic technology eliminates the need for visible identification and internet access, enhancing efficiency and security in transit technology.

Why Use LISNR's SDK for Urban Mobility Transit Software

LISNR’s Radius SDK, powered by ultrasonic technology, offers next generation accuracy, security, and accessibility to facilitate secure data transfer for urban mobility transit software, operators, and passengers. With its ability to transmit data over sound across different distances, LISNR’s ultrasonic SDK facilitates seamless communication and authentication in a wide range of mobility applications.

\Whether it’s improving proximity accuracy, enhancing transaction security, or facilitating offline transactions, LISNR’s Radius SDK for transit applications is evolving the way urban mobility solutions are developed and deployed for smart cities all over the globe.

Transaction Control: Better Proximity Accuracy with Ultrasonic
Ultrasonic technology provides superior proximity accuracy compared to other modalities. It can transmit data over sound across short, mid, and long ranges between virtually any two hardware devices with speakers and microphones, ensuring reliable performance in various environments.
Fraud Control: More Secure Than Other Modalities
Ultrasonic technology is one of the most secure modalities available. LISNR’s ToneLock feature adds an extra layer of security by locking the payload with a unique identifier that can only be demodulated by the intended recipient company, significantly reducing the risk of unauthorized access or data breaches.
UX Control: Universal Accessibility
LISNR's Radius SDK is designed to work with all major platforms and operating systems, making it universally accessible. As long as a mobile device has a microphone, it can use ultrasonic technology, providing a versatile solution for various mass transit applications.
Data Control: Works in Remote Areas (No Wi-Fi Necessary)
One of the standout features of ultrasonic technology is its ability to function without internet access. This makes it an ideal solution for the whole transportation industry, infrastructure, and mass transit systems operating in areas with intermittent or no internet connectivity.
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Ultrasonic Transit Technology FAQs

As transit agencies explore the benefits of ultrasonic proximity technology, it’s essential to address common questions and concerns about its functionality, security, and accessibility.

These FAQs provide valuable insights into the transformative potential of this innovative transportation technology, from understanding how ultrasonic technology works to ensuring its compatibility with existing transit systems.

Do You Need Wi-Fi to Use Ultrasonic Proximity Technology?

No ultrasonic proximity technology can function both online and offline. No internet access is required to conduct the transition; it’s only needed once per day or at a time or frequency of your choosing to sync the data to online systems, making it a reliable solution for mass transit systems in areas with poor or no internet connectivity.

Can Urban Mobility Solutions Help Me With My Financial Inclusion Initiatives?

Yes! Providing travelers with a faster, more frictionless way to get around a city can support financial inclusion initiatives. Ultrasonic technology offers a cost-effective mode of transportation for both riders and fleet of vehicle operators, allowing greater access to local resources for community members.

Is Ultrasonic Technology Secure?

Yes! Ultrasonic technology is highly secure. Each payload is secured with a unique ID that can only be unlocked by the intended recipient, ensuring that data is transmitted safely and securely.

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Transportation Trends That Will Drive the Industry In 2024

What’s defining the new landscape of urban mobility?

Several leading transportation trends are driving significant changes in the urban mobility. From the widespread adoption of electric vehicles to the emergence of autonomous vehicles and ride-hailing services, innovative transportation technologies are reshaping the way people move within communities and urban areas. These trends reflect a growing emphasis on environmental responsibility, safety, and efficiency in transportation systems, paving the way for a more sustainable and connected future.

Shared Mobility

Shared mobility services, such as ride-hailing and car-sharing, are becoming increasingly popular. These services offer flexible transportation options for consumers, reduce the need for personal vehicles, and contribute to reducing traffic congestion and environmental concerns.

Shared mobility services are experiencing a surge in popularity as urban dwellers seek flexible transportation options. These services provide individuals with convenient access to transportation without the burden of vehicle ownership, offering a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to traditional modes of transit.

By leveraging shared mobility solutions, drivers and passengers can optimize their travel routes, reduce commute times, and minimize the environmental impact of their vehicles on their journeys. Additionally, shared mobility services play a crucial role in alleviating traffic congestion in urban areas, as they encourage the efficient use of existing transportation infrastructure.

Mobility-on-Demand (MOD)

Mobility-on-Demand (MOD) is another emerging trend that provides passengers with flexible, real-time transportation options. MOD services are designed to meet passengers' immediate needs, offering customers a convenient and efficient alternative to traditional public transit.

MOD services enable individuals to request transportation as needed, providing an on-demand alternative to fixed-route transit systems.

This flexibility empowers passengers to tailor their travel experiences to suit their schedules and preferences, enhancing overall convenience and satisfaction. Moreover, MOD services contribute to the optimization of transportation resources by matching supply with demand in real-time, resulting in more efficient use of vehicles and infrastructure.

Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS)

Mobility-as-a-Service integrates various forms of public and private transport into a single accessible service. Through technologies like ultrasonic and vehicle proximity verification, MaaS platforms can offer seamless intermodal travel experiences, making it easier for passengers to switch between different modes of transport without hassle.

By integrating ultrasonic and vehicle proximity verification technologies, MaaS platforms offer seamless intermodal travel experiences, allowing passengers to seamlessly transition between different transportation modes without logistical hurdles.

This integration streamlines the travel process, simplifying route planning, ticketing, and payment across multiple services. As a result, passengers benefit from enhanced convenience, reduced travel times, and improved accessibility to diverse transportation options.

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Get Started With LISNR's Ultrasonic Software for Transportation Today

The future of urban mobility is here, and it is powered by ultrasonic technology. 

With its superior accuracy, security, and global accessibility, ultrasonic proximity verification is set to revolutionize the mass transit industry, creating a more efficient, personalized, and connected public transportation software system for all.

Contact us now to embrace the future of transit technology with LISNR and discover how data-over-sound can transform your urban mobility solutions today.

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