Passengers will be able to pay with fares instantly using a sticker placed on their mobile phones
SEMARANG, Indonesia, Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobile operator Telkomsel has expanded its TCASH digital payments offering by conducting trials of the TCASH Pass payment service for the Semarang Rapid Transit Bus (RTB).
Telkomsel director of sales Sukardi Silalahi (middle) and Semarang Mayor Hendrar Prihadi (right) have launched TCASH for the BRT. Left: Putri, a BRT conductor.
Telkomsel developed the TCASH Pass feature to address the need for rapid and repeatable digital payments in the transportation sector. The technology enables bus passengers to "tap and pay" with TCASH mobile money easily and quickly using a sticker attached to their phone, without the need to enter a PIN. The service relies on near-field communication (NFC) technology developed by Youtap, a global provider of contactless mobile payments and financial services software.
Telkomsel's sales director Sukardi Silalahi said, "The pass feature in our TCASH service is an effort to accelerate the development of the Smart City concept, as well as to support the national non-cash movement initiated by the Indonesian government through the digitisation of transportation service payments."
Telkomsel's senior vice president of Mobile Financial Services Danu Wicaksana added, "The integration of the TCASH Pass for BRT Semarang answers the needs of customers who want to use TCASH as a means of payment in their daily lives. We also hope that TCASH Pass will make it easier for the people of Semarang to become a digital society in the midst of this rapidly growing technology."
The new payment system is live on more than 100 buses. Semarang RTB has six corridors that can carry nine million bus passengers annually.
Telkomsel launched the service at a formal event in Semarang last week attended by the mayor of Semarang.
About Telksomsel (www.telkomsel.com)
Telkomsel is Indonesia's largest mobile operator with more than 178 million subscribers. To serve customers all over Indonesia, including in remote areas, outer islands and border areas, Telkomsel has built more than 146,000 BTSs. Telkomsel has consistently implemented technology roadmaps of 3G, HSDPA, HSPA +, as well as being the first mobile operator in Indonesia to commercially launch the 4G LTE services. Entering digital era, Telkomsel has been continuously developing a wide range of digital business, such as Digital Advertising, Digital Lifestyle, Mobile Financial Services, and Internet of Things. To serve the needs of customers, Telkomsel operates a 24-hour call center and GraPARI service centers across Indonesia.
About Youtap (www.youtap.com)
Youtap is a global provider of contactless mobile payments and financial services software enabling mobile money and stored value wallet customers to tap and pay at any point of sale using any device. Youtap's secure NFC and QR code solutions support payment acceptance for contactless and non-contactless cards, NFC tags and wearables, and NFC phones. Youtap supports MNOs and retailers by incorporating loyalty programs and other responsive functionalities that benefit both consumers and merchants.
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