Tuesday, 27 November 2018 04:52

Sydney contactless payment trial extended to metro trains

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Commuters in Sydney will now be able to use their credit cards or mobile phones to tap on and off on metro train services, instead of using their Opal cards, after the contactless payments trial run by Transport for NSW and the Commonwealth Bank, Cubic and Mastercard was extended.

A statement from the CBA said it had developed the core payment infrastructure and also was the acquirer and back-end processor for the transactions.

Commuters have been able to use their credit cards and smartphones and watches to tap and go on the Manly F1 ferry since July last year. That was extended to all public ferry and light rail services in March.

Visa, Mastercard and AMEX cards are accepted, and commuters using contactless payments will now also enjoy daily, weekly and Sunday travel caps in line with Opal caps. However, other Opal benefits such as the weekly travel discount, concessions and the transfer discount will not be available.

CBA’s Business Customer Solutions executive general manager Clive Van Horen said, “Nearly all of an individual’s daily transactions across the city can now be accessed with a single card or device. This is in direct response to a growing demand for contactless payments, and the use of digital wallets.”

The bank says it will now use its partnership with Mobeewave – a company specialising in mobile contactless payment acceptance – to allow transit officers to validate contactless payment fares using off-the-shelf devices.

It said with the support of IDEMIA – a payment and identity solutions company – Mobeewave had adapted its patented payment acceptance platform to create a new contactless validation solution that provides a cost-effective way to mitigate the risk of fare evasion.

The trial may be extended to other transport networks across Australia.

“Cities and public transport authorities across Australia are realising the value this payments technology can deliver for both customers and transport providers alike," Van Horen said.

"It demonstrates the future capability for commuters across the states and territories, and will ultimately make commuting across the country, and across transport networks, a simpler and easier day-to-day process."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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