Indonesian mobile operator Telkomsel has expanded its TCash digital payments offering by conducting trials of its TCash Pass payment service for the Semarang Rapid Transit Bus (RTB).
Telkomsel developed TCash Pass 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 NFC technology developed by Youtap, a global provider of contactless mobile payments and financial services software.
Telkomsel’s sales director Sukardi Silalahi said the TCash Pass feature “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 digitization of transportation service payments.”
The new payment system is live on more than 100 buses. Semarang RTB has six corridors that can carry nine million bus passengers annually.