Programme launched for primary school pupils to pay using smartwatches, manage their spending

Admiralty Primary School pupils show off their POSB Smart Buddy watches.
Admiralty Primary School pupils show off their POSB Smart Buddy watches.PHOTO: DBS
Pupils can use the POSB Smart Buddy watch to pay for purchases at all merchants with Nets contactless terminals.
Pupils can use the POSB Smart Buddy watch to pay for purchases at all merchants with Nets contactless terminals.PHOTO: DBS

SINGAPORE - Some 6,000 primary school pupils can now use smartwatches to make cashless payments in their school and at selected retailers such as Cheers and Popular.

POSB on Wednesday (Aug 16) officially launched a savings and payments programme that uses these wearables for pupils, at Admiralty Primary in Woodlands.

The smartwatches, issued by the bank, are paired with a mobile app that parents can use to remotely allocate their children's allowances and track their kids' spending.


Daily transactions are tracked on the POSB Smart Buddy app (with a three-month transaction history provided), so pupils can monitor their savings and spending patterns over time. Pupils can create their own savings goals on the app, with completed goals recorded as badges. PHOTO: DBS

Through the initiative, called the POSB Smart Buddy Programme, the bank said it hopes to contribute to Singapore's Smart Nation push, in which transactions become cashless.

Besides helping parents to manage their children's daily expenses, the programme also aims to educate pupils on money management. Pupils can create their own savings goals on the app. 

By tapping the smartwatches on payment terminals like an ez-link card, pupils from 19 primary schools - including Bedok Green Primary and Henry Park Primary - can pay for purchases in the schools, such as for canteen food and books.

The smartwatches can also be used at retailers that accept an updated version of Nets' contactless payment technology.