Pass Navigo second generation
Early this year, Sophie Mougard General Director of STIF and
Jean-Paul Huchon President of Region Ile de France along with
designer Philippe Starck presented the second generation of
the smart card pass ‘NAVIGO’.
The pass NAVIGO has been in use since ten years, today it
represents the key for mobility for nearly six million commuters
in Ile de France Region.
To accompany the upgrade to NFC technology of the smartcard
and mobile phones, pass ‘NAVIGO’ enjoyed a new design from
the well known designer Philippe Starck who graciously volunteered
for the work “[…] when STIF asked me, I didn’t hesitate
to accept. To me being a citizen means also that talents of
individuals be requested to serve the community1’ says Philippe
Starck. In fact designer Starck project was to raise the prestige
of this ordinary object of daily use although not trivial so that citizens living in the Region Ile de France so called Franciliens
“be proud of their card [pass Navigo] as well as of the value of
common interest that [public] transport enshrines”.
The Franciliens are continuously exposed to the branding of the
public transport system, be it on the vehicles, at bus stops, at
metro stations, on the network maps and therefore very
familiar with the pass ‘NAVIGO’. It is the responsibility of STIF
to bring consistency in the branding activity at regional level,
making sure whatever the place in Ile de France the signals are
the same and belong to the transport network system of the
The second generation pass ‘NAVIGO’ based on ISO 14443
type B technology (as opposed to type B’ in the first generation)
compatible with NFC phones will allow a broader use of the
smartcard with new applications notably to reload the pass
NAVIGO from a NFC cell phone.
The second generation pass ‘NAVIGO’ will be introduced from
1 January 2013.
Key facts and figures on pass ‘NAVIGO’:
- one single smart card for the whole region of Ile de France
(8 counties in total);
- to be used on any of the different transport modes
composing the network (metro, tram, bus, train and soon
- allows transfer from one operator to the other across the
- gives access to complementary services (such as Velib
public bike rental, Veligo secured bike parking at main train
stations, Park and Ride for private cars at main train stations).
* Navigo classique is the pass most used where owners are registered on a client file. As opposed to the Navigo découverte where there is no inscription on a client file in order to respect privacy.
Updated : August 16, 2012