SINGAPORE: Payments provider NETS on Thursday (Feb 18) announced a new service for FlashPay and Autopass Card users which allows people to top up their cards using Android-based smartphones with Near-field Communication (NFC).
In a joint press release with the Land Transport Authority (LTA), NETS said this is helpful for foreign motorists as they could use credit cards issued by Singapore or Malaysian banks to top up their Autopass Cards on the go. Previously, these motorists could only top up at specific locations in Singapore, it said
The service is currently limited to Android smartphones, and motorists can download the app from Google Play. Cardholders will receive a one-time password (OTP) on their phone, where they can authenticate the transaction and place the card on the phone for the top up to take place, according to the press release.
NETS said there will be a S$0.25 fee charged for each top-up by Autopass or FlashPay cardholders using a Singapore-issued credit card by DBS/POSB, OCBC and UOB. For credit cards from other banks, a S$0.50 fee applies and the maximum top-up is S$50 per transaction, it added.
The app will be extended to iOS users once NFC functionality is available to iOS users, it added.
Mr Joseph Chua, Head of Business Services at NETS said: “About 55,000 foreign vehicles arrive in Singapore daily. This new feature on the FlashPay Reader app offers great convenience and enhances visitor experience for motorists driving into Singapore, be it for business or leisure."