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ICOCA IC card
ICOCA IC card

The ICOCA card is a rechargeable contactless smart card used on JR West rail network in Japan. The card was launched on November 1, 2003 for usage on the Urban Network, which encompasses the major cities of Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. Since August 1, 2004, in a reciprocal agreement with JR East, ICOCA is also usable in the Tokyo-Kanto area. Similarly, the Suica card of JR East can also be used on JR West rail services. Additionally, since January 21, 2006, ICOCA cards can also be used at all locations accepting Osaka PiTaPa smart cards. Image File history File links ICOCA_Japanese_IC_card. ... Image File history File links ICOCA_Japanese_IC_card. ... Smart card used for health insurance in France. ... West Japan Railway Company (西日本旅客鉄道株式会社 Nishi Nihon Ryokaku Tetsudô Kabushiki Gaisha), commonly known as JR-West (JR西日本 JR Nishi Nihon), is one of JR companies in Japan that covers western Honshu. ... November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 60 days remaining. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Osaka Castle Location in Japan Osaka (Japanese: 大阪市, ÅŒsaka-shi, â–¶ (help· info)) is the capital of Osaka Prefecture and the third-largest city in Japan, with a population of 2. ... This page is about the city Kyoto. ... Kobe ) is a city in Japan located on the island of Honshu. ... August 1 is the 213th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (214th in leap years), with 152 days remaining. ... It has been designated the: International Year of Rice (by the United Nations) International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO) 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization) Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar) See the world in... Yamanote Line, Tokyo JR Yamanote Line train in Tokyo, Japan Above Yurakucho in Tokyo East Japan Railway Company (東日本旅客鉄道 Higashi-Nihon Ryokyaku Tetsudo or JR東日本; JR Higashi-Nihon) (TYO: 9020) is a Japanese private railroad company, the largest passenger railway company in the world and one of the seven JR companies. ... Tokyo ) (help· info), literally eastern capital, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and includes the highly urbanized central area formerly known as the city of Tokyo which is the heart of the Greater Tokyo Area. ... Kanto can mean: The Kanto region of Japan. ... The Suica (Japanese: スイカ) card is a rechargeable contactless smart card used on the (JR) East network, Tokyo Monorail, and Rinkai Line in Japan. ... January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The card incorporates contactless radio frequency identification RFID technology developed by Sony, called Felica. The same technology is also deployed in the Edy electronic cash cards used in Japan, the Suica of JR East, the Octopus card in Hong Kong, and the EZ-Link card in Singapore. An EPC RFID tag used for Wal-Mart Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an automatic identification method, relying on storing and remotely retrieving data using devices called RFID tags or transponders. ... Sony ) is an international leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications, and information technology products for the consumer and professional market. ... The Suica (Japanese: スイカ) card is a rechargeable contactless smart card used on the (JR) East network, Tokyo Monorail, and Rinkai Line in Japan. ... Obverse side of a standard adult card. ... A standard adult EZ-Link card. ...


ICOCA stands for IC Operating CArd, but it is also a play on the phrase "Iko ka?" (行こか?), a friendly invitation meaning "Shall we go?" in the Kansai area spoken in the areas where trains of JR West run. The Kansai (Japanese: 関西) region of Japan, also known as the Kinki region (近畿地方, Kinki-chihō), lies in the middle of Japans main island, Honshu. ...


The mascots for the ICOCA program consist of a blue platypus, called カモノハシのイコちゃん (kamonohasi no ikochan), or Ico the Platypus, and his family. Binomial name Ornithorhynchus anatinus (Shaw, 1799) The Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is a small, half-aquatic mammal endemic to the eastern part of Australia, and one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young (the other four are echidnas). ...

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Where to buy the card

These cards are available at card vending machines at the train stations. The card costs 2000 yen, which includes a 500 yen deposit that will be returned if the card is turned in. The remaining 1500 yen is immediately available for train rides, and more money can be charged on to the card at similar ticket vending machines or fare adjustment machines inside each station. This is an article about the Japanese currency. ...


Functions/Services

Usage of the card involves passing it over a card reader. The technology allows for the card to be read at some distance from the reader, so contact is not required, and many people leave the card in their wallet and just pass the wallet over the reader as they enter the ticket gate.


The balance on the card is displayed when you enter the ticket gate this way. The balance is also displayed whenever the card is inserted into the ticket or fare adjustment machines as well. A travel record is stored on the card, and can be displayed or printed out as well.


On occasion, when travelling to a station where ICOCA is not supported, the card must be handed over to the staff at the exiting station, so that they can calculate the remaining fare, and also so that they can return a slip of paper which must be given to the staff at the next station where ICOCA is used.


Types of cards

  • standard ICOCA rechargable card
  • ICOCA 定期券 (teikiken) - rechargable card with added commuter pass
  • こどもICOCA (kodomo) - children's ICOCA
  • こどもICOCA 定期券 - children's ICOCA with added commuter pass
  • Smart ICOCA
  • Smart ICOCA 定期券

Technology

The card incorporates contactless radio frequency identification RFID technology developed by Sony, called FeliCa. The same technology is also deployed in the Edy electronic cash cards used in Japan, the Octopus card in Hong Kong & the ezlink Card in Singapore. An EPC RFID tag used for Wal-Mart Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an automatic identification method, relying on storing and remotely retrieving data using devices called RFID tags or transponders. ... Sony ) is an international leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications, and information technology products for the consumer and professional market. ... Sony FeliCa is a contactless IC chip smart card system. ... Edy logo Edy provided by bitWallet, Inc. ... Obverse side of a standard adult card. ... A standard adult EZ-Link card. ...


See also: mass transit systems, electronic money. A taxi serving as a bus Public transport comprises all transport systems in which the passengers do not travel in their own vehicles. ... Electronic money (also known as digital money, electronic currency, digital currency or internet money) refers to money which is only exchanged electronically. ...


External links

  • Official homepage
  • Wallet phone FAQ
  • Mobile FeliCa report
  • Mobile payment and keitai credit report
  • SUICA report
Electronic fare collection systems
Americas: CharlieCard (Boston) - Chicago card (Chicago) - GTA Farecard (Toronto) - MetroCard (New York City) - Multivia (Santiago de Chile) - SmarTrip (Washington, D.C.) - Translink (San Francisco Bay Area)
Europe: EasyRider (Nottingham) - Oyster card (London) - Readycard (Greater Manchester)
Asia: Beijing Municipal Administration and Communications Card (Beijing) - EasyCard (Taipei) - EZ-Link (Singapore) - ICOCA (JR West) - Octopus (Hong Kong) - PiTaPa (Kansai Region) - Shanghai Public Transportation Card (Shanghai) - Suica (JR East) - Touch 'n Go (Malaysia)
Oceania: SmartRider (Perth)

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