Motorola Inc. and its close ally, ERG Group of Australia, were awarded a $6.6 million contract for testing a smart card-based fare collection system on city buses in Groningen, the Netherlands.

More than 10,000 M-Smart dual-interface smart cards will be issued for a two-year trial involving about 80 buses. Additional applications such as parking could be added during the course of the trial, which is scheduled to begin in the second half of next year.

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