Mobile phones to be used on buses as an alternative E-Card; AG
13:02 Fri Mar 09, 2018
Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Maggie Boyle
The Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has today revealed in Parliament that there are several upgrades planned for the Electronic Transport Card services for buses.
This is expected to include MPAISA, the mobile wallet for top ups and the soon to be rolled out use of mobile phones to tap and go.
“We will very soon in the next few weeks Madam Speaker, Vodafone has also being looking at using the technology of topping up the phone using MPAISA, as you know a lot of people are used to MPAISA so now that’ll also make it easier. We are also looking at using NFC, what you call NFC which is Near Field Communications, some smartphones, the latest smartphones, you simply just tap your phones against the machine and it deducts the funds, so we’re looking at NFC also. Of course not everybody has the latest smart phone but those people who do will be able to use that, those people who don’t will be able to use MPAISA to do the top.”
Meanwhile the AG further explained to the house that there was rampant pilfering prior to the introduction of the E-Card system.
“As you know we spent approximately in excess of $15 million giving to bus operators and associated costs with it when we had the bus vouchers, the physical bus vouchers. We had at one stage a scam that was going one where some teachers together with some senior students in some schools were actually photocopying the vouchers and selling them at half price, so that system Madam Speaker does not work so when you have the Electronic transactions, it provides better accountability.”
The AG was responding to an oral question from the Leader of Opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa on whether the government had plans to introduce a dual payment system and what were the additional options for people to top up their E-cards.
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