Posts Tagged ‘transport’

Caltex Launches Singapore’s First Fuel Payment App

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

The CaltexGo mobile payment app offers fast, hassle-free fuel payment from the comfort of your car.

Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, at the launch of CaltexGo mobile fuel payment app in Singapore.

Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, at the launch of CaltexGo mobile fuel payment app in Singapore.

Chevron Singapore, which operates the retail brand Caltex, has introduced Singapore’s first fuel payment app.

“As part of its new digital transformation, Chevron has opted for an agile approach to its first mobile payment solution, listening closely to user feedback and learning from industry best practices towards developing a minimum viable product for fuel payment,” said Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, when I chatted with him during the app’s launch.

The CaltexGO mobile payment app is the front-end of an integrated digital eco-system that offers cashless payments and helps consumers locate a service station, enjoy automatic loyalty LinkPoints collection, exclusive mobile offers, and electronic receipts at their fingertips.

CaltexGO responds to key consumer pinch points identified in the retail brand’s recent consumer insights analysis.

Chevron notes that refueling can be seen as a chore which drivers strive to mitigate.

Having to wait for a pump, long payment queues, and the complexity related to loyalty and payment systems were the top inconvenience grouses by drivers at service stations.

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EZ-Link launches NFC transit SIM cards for contactless payments

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

All three local telcos will sell the new NFC transit SIM cards. Supported handsets can be used to pay for MRT, LRT and bus rides; as well as at retail transactions.

EZ-Link introduces NFC transit SIM for contactless payments.

EZ-Link introduces NFC transit SIM for contactless payments.

The NFC transit SIM is a next generation, full-service NFC (near field communication) SIM which can be used for public transport, as well as at more than 30,000 ez-link acceptance points islandwide including shopping, retail, food & beverage and taxis payments.

“Transit is the ‘killer phone app’ Singapore consumers have been looking forward to, and we are pleased to be the first to offer customers the convenience of making payment with the one device that is always with them, their phone,” said P. Subramaniam, Chief Marketing Officer, M1.

Jointly developed by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and EZ-Link, the NFC transit SIM will enable commuters to pay for public transit rides using just their NFC mobile phones.

M1 customers will be the first to enjoy contactless transit payments with their NFC transit SIM cards available at M1 Shops from today.

The NFC transit SIM card will cost S$37.45 (including GST).

As a launch promotion, the service activation fee of S$9.10 (including GST) will also be waived for customers signing up from tomorrow until 30 April 2016, while NFC transit SIM card stocks last.

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New arrivals: RYDE mobile app for carpooling in Singapore

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Home-grown company RYDE officially launches the app in Singapore and prepares to launch in Hong Kong next.

The home-grown company will be competing against the likes of UberPool and GrabHitch which offer similar carpooling apps for riders to split the cost of their paid journeys with fellow passengers.

Screenshots from the free app that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Screenshots from the free app that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

RYDE is an iOS and Android app that lets paying subscribing members carpool.

A driver offers rides based on the journey he/she is planning to make while a rider posts the journey he/she needs.

“Our approach has been to solve the two key challenges of carpooling methodically – poor information exchange and a lack of mutual trust. We are the number one carpooling app in Singapore and our focus is on the social aspects of carpooling,” says Terence Zou, Founder and CEO of RYDE Technologies.

The app matches the two of them, based on best match, offering each a list of close matches in terms of their planned timings and routes, as well as personal preferences each can set – such as gender, age, and other profile information.

Drivers pay a subscription fee of S$30 a year to RYDE and can offer an unlimited number of rides while riders pay S$15 subscription a year to receive an unlimited number of rides.

Riders can also choose not to subscribe but they will have to pay 1 credit (currently set by RYDE as S$1) for each ride.

The credits can be purchased within the RYDE app that runs on iOS and Android devices.

The app also recommends an amount of money for the rider to pay the driver, based on the journey.

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QNX tech powers MSI Global’s automated fare collection system

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

QNX Neutrino OS will be powering the fare collection system deployed in thousands of devices throughout Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand.

On bus terminal powered by the new automated fare collection system. “MSI’s experience with QNX Neutrino has been very favorable and we will continue to leverage the same secure OS for our future projects,” said Silvester Prakasam, fare system business unit head, MSI.

On bus terminal powered by the new automated fare collection system. “MSI’s experience with QNX Neutrino has been very favorable and we will continue to leverage the same secure OS for our future projects,” said Silvester Prakasam, fare system business unit head, MSI.

QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited, today announced that the QNX® Neutrino® OS is powering a new fare collection system in Southeast Asia.

MRT gates at a Downtown Line station in Singapore using the new system. “Creating a solution that could gain widespread adoption was also a key consideration in our choice of OS, and with QNX Neutrino we were able to create a design that is fast and reliable, yet affordable to customers in cost-sensitive regions.” added Prakasam.

MRT gates at a Downtown Line station in Singapore using the new system. “Creating a solution that could gain widespread adoption was also a key consideration in our choice of OS, and with QNX Neutrino we were able to create a design that is fast and reliable, yet affordable to customers in cost-sensitive regions.” added Prakasam.

The system includes automatic gates, ticketing machines, and onboard bus equipment, throughout the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including Singapore, the Philippines, and Thailand.

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GrabTaxi invests US$100m in its first R&D Centre in Singapore

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

With senior hires from Facebook, Amazon and Palantir Technologies, Singapore is slated to become GrabTaxi’s technology hub.

The GrabTaxi R&D Centre is located at 138 Cecil Street, Cecil Court, Singapore 069538.

The GrabTaxi R&D Centre is located at 138 Cecil Street, Cecil Court, Singapore 069538.

GrabTaxi, one of Southeast Asia’s largest mobile phone transport app, has opened its first Research and Development (R&D) Centre in Singapore.

“Though we remain focused on Southeast Asia, we know that talent is global. This new R&D Centre has put on us a level playing field with the largest technology companies in the world. In fact, we’ve recently hired great senior talent from companies like Facebook, Amazon and Palantir Technologies, as their experience and expertise with these global powerhouses will help GrabTaxi reach our true potential,” said Anthony Tan, GrabTaxi Founder and Group CEO.

This will become GrabTaxi’s technology hub and it will house the majority of its technical staff and engineers from around the world.

The 4500 sq. ft. centre is located in the heart of Singapore’s bustling Central Business District and will eventually house 200 engineers and data scientists, which is a specialised role focused on analysing data and spotting trends from multiple data sources.

This US$100 million investment over a few years is a milestone for Southeast Asian startups as very few brands – local or regional – has made such a significant investment in technology infrastructure and talent based out of Singapore.

Eventually, 200 engineers and data scientists will occupy the 4,500 sq. ft. GrabTaxi R&D Centre.

Eventually, 200 engineers and data scientists will occupy the 4,500 sq. ft. GrabTaxi R&D Centre.

The R&D Centre reinforces GrabTaxi’s commitment to the region and an acknowledgment that Southeast Asia has the infrastructure and capacity to become a global technology hub.

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