EZ-Link, the public transit card program in Singapore, has now added NFC mobile payments functionality to its users through a partnership with Wirecard Group.
Today, there are over 12 million contactless cards in use in Singapore. And they are accepted at a rapidly expanding network of acceptance points across the country – from retail to private transport, even for Electronic Road Pricing and Electronic Payment System (EPS) in car parks.
With the NFC mobile application and a smartphone with NFC SIM-card capabilities, consumers can store EZ-Link’s prepaid card accounts on their phone; top-up their electronic purse in real-time and make payments. Today the service can be used at over more than 20,000 point-of-sales accepting EZ-Link payments including taxis, supermarkets and fast food chains.
Adding NFC mobile capability will also enable EZ-Link to get a jump-start on the expected arrival of mass NFC deployment within the next year or two.