Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has teamed up with Singtel, Sony, EZ-Links, NETS and TransitLink to test trial an ingenious public transport fare payment system.
The trial consists of 200 commuters and is currently underway. Participants are each issued with Sony SmartBands that are equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and encoded with a digital CEPAS card - which will provide frictionless payments when taking public transport. This six month trial has already begun and will cease on 29February 2016. If the trial is a success, we can kiss EZ-Link cards goodbye for good!
Checking your stored value in the SmartBand is also easy. The band has an in-built Bluetooth feature that will allow you to connect with the Singtel mWallet application. This application will allow you to check on your balance on-the-go, so you no longer have to rely on memory, or make that extra trip to a top-up machine just to check on your balance or transactions anymore.
The Sony SmartBand also doubles up as a wearable which is able to keep track of your daily activities and sleep quality. The measurements recorded by the band can be monitored via a companion mobile application.
Keep a watchful eye on fellow commuters in Singapore for a chance to check out this really nifty wearable!
By Geralyne Kaye Ong / September 3, 2015 2:50PM GMT+8
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