Ajman plans contactless payments in public transport

The Transport Authority – Government of Ajman (TA) and Visa have signed an agreement to implement open-loop EMV technology for Ajman Bus which will allow passengers to pay for their journey using their contactless Visa cards or devices from everyday.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed during the Congress MOU and the Mena Transport 2022 Expo, the implementation of open-loop EMV technology would make the passenger experience seamless and reduce travel time eliminating the need to queue to purchase tickets or recharge their ticket.

Visa will also work with Transport Authority – Government of Ajman to enhance the existing Masaar card experience by leveraging Visa technology to enable acceptance of Masaar cards at non-transit merchants.

Dr. Saeeda Jaffar, Visa Senior Vice President and Group Country Director for GCC, said: “Visa is delighted to be working with the Transport Authority – Government of Ajman to drive the adoption of digital payments in transport. , especially as we see the entire UAE moving towards a cashless economy.

“As social distancing and low-contact payments become the new norm, Visa’s open-loop transit model has seen great results around the world. Already helping to power more than 450 live projects around the world, we look forward to bringing our expertise on contactless payments and urban mobility to this partnership. By providing people with safer, faster and more convenient ways to pay for their transport, we hope to co-create the future of seamless transport in Ajman and across the United Arab Emirates.

Visa’s urban mobility solutions such as the “Visa Known Fare Transit” model, the “Mobility & Transport Transaction” model and the “Visa Ready for Transit” model are catalyzing the transformation of mass transit globally by reducing infrastructure costs (ATMs and vending machines) and improving the overall customer experience to drive traffic and revenue growth.

Rasha Al Shamsi, Acting Director General of the Transport Authority – Government of Ajman, said: “The UAE, under their leadership, kept pace with development and innovation, until ‘they become one of the most important countries, developing and prospering in many fields.

“We aim to introduce the smart and safe payment solution to public transport users and strengthen the digital economy by encouraging the public to use modern payment methods, believing in the continuous development of services and adding value to our customers, we will work with Visa to extend the benefits of the current ATA Masaar Transit Card.”

Visa intends to share best practices with TA through knowledge sharing workshops to share its experience on delivering smart mobility solutions. – TradeArabia Press Service

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