The Network for Electronic Transfers Singapore, commonly referred to as NETS, and telecommunication operator Nera Telecommunications Ltd. on Aug. 2 launched a contactless smart card payment system for one of Singapore’s private bus networks.

Commuters on the Plus1 bus service now may pay their fares using their contactless NETS FlashPay cards, and bus drivers no longer are accepting cash for their daily routes.

Plus1 operates four premium bus routes in Singapore, and it plans to expand the service to include more routes soon.

Consumers may use the NETS FlashPay card for the Mass and Light Rapid Transit rail networks, public and private buses and tolls, and at more than 8,000 retail acceptance points across the island for small-value purchases.

NETS issues the FlashPay card, and consumers may load up to SG$500 (US$367 or 281 euros) in value into the card account at kiosks, bank counters and retail stores. The card, which is valid for seven years, uses the Singapore contactless standard known as Contactless ePurse Applications, or CEPAS.

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