Mr Assad A Umar received his BSc in Business Information Technology from Coventry University UK, in 2010 and his MSc in Information Security from Royal Holloway in 2012 with a distinction. Prior to joining the ISG as an MSc student, he worked for a year in the Information Security department of the Nigerian Communications Commission NCC. His research interests include: smart cards, Near Field Communication, smartphones security, transport ticketing, network security & security architectures. He has recently started a PhD conducting research in transport ticketing systems under the supervision of Professor Keith Mayes on a project funded by Transport for London.
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Assad describes his research:
There has been a radical shift in the way ticketing is done in transport. In terms of the fare media, users want to pay with a medium they already possess, for example bank cards, and smartphones. The transport operators on the other hand are increasingly moving away from proprietary ticketing systems (also known as closed loop systems) to open ticketing systems that utilize contactless bank cards and other mobile payments technologies. This transition saves the transport operator cost in terms of managing the closed systems, and can focus on the core business of transit. My research focuses on the security and functionality of the fare media, and how it fits into the bigger picture of smart and integrated transport ticketing. My research also involves payment mechanisms/ technologies, and their impact on transport ticketing with specific interest in areas such as Host Card Emulation (HCE), Tokenisation, Integrated Ticketing, Execution Environments, NFC devices and Contactless Payments