Changsha metro to start mobile-swiping pay
Changsha residents can soon take the metro by swiping a cellphone.
Changsha Metro Group is about to launch safer and more convenient travel services for passengers – residents can take the metro simply by swiping their smart phones. All they need to do is to change a SIM card for the phones.
The service, now in the testing stage, will be launched in two months. The metro company recruited 1,000 volunteers to join in the test on May 17. Each volunteer will be rewarded a metro card worth 100 yuan ($16).
According to Yin Guangming, vice president of Changsha Metro Group, the company is joining hands with CEC China Software and Service Company to develop and test Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, allowing a cell phone to work as a metro card.
Yin said that the NFC is in testing and 1,000 volunteers are needed to help finish the testing in two months. By then Changsha metro will fully put forward the service, which is oriented to smartphones only.
As Apple’s applepay mobile payment system hasn’t opened in China, iPhone users will be unable to use it.
Passengers enter a metro station in Changsha. [Photo by Chen Fei/Changsha Evening News]
Edited by Zhang Qiong, Andrew Ancheta
Source: Changsha Evening News