Paying for your ride? It's all in the wrist

The Land Transport Authority (LTA),has launched a trial that could see commuters using Sony SG50 SmartBands with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to pay for public transport rides in the future.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA),has launched a trial that could see commuters using Sony SG50 SmartBands with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to pay for public transport rides in the future. PHOTO: LAND TRANSPORT AUTHORITY

SINGAPORE - Two hundred commuters will take part in a six-month trial to test a public transport fare payment device which they wear on their wrist.

The Land Transport Authority said on Monday the trial, which starts today (Aug 31), is conducted by Singtel, Sony, EZ-Link, Nets and TransitLink.

The 200 users will wear a near-field communication wristband encoded with a digital Cepas card. Cepas stands for contactless e-purse application.

They will only need to hold up their wrists to the farecard reader on buses and at train stations to pay for their journeys.

To top up the stored value in the band, participants simply need to place the band on the card reader of a top-up device, just as they would a transit card. They can also opt to register for automatic top-up services .

For greater mobility, participants can establish a Bluetooth connection with the Singtel mWallet app to check their band's stored value balance and transactions while on the move.

Such payment modes have been used successfully in Hong Kong for some time now.

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