O-City gets a boost through the Visa tie-up. Image Credit: O-City

Dubai : O-City has joined the Visa Ready for Transit programme for mass transit systems. It is now a certified partner to cities intent on accelerating their digital transformation and get over public transport challenges.

With Visa Ready, O-City can bring together all players in the ecosystem to drive the adoption of open-loop systems.

Transit authorities traditionally use their own proprietary systems to accept payments for bus, metro, train or tramway journeys. These systems use closed-loop cards, which are built solely for a specific transport mode and cannot be used to pay for anything else.

According to Tokhir Abdukadyrov, SVP of smart city and transport solutions at BPC, said: “The world is rapidly embracing contactless payments across all public transport; a situation that will only be accelerated by the COVID-19 global pandemic. The traveller’s experience is significantly improved and you see a significant increase in the adoption of contactless digital payments to access citywide transit systems.

“Digital ticketing can increase loyalty and revenues. Acceptance into the Visa Ready programme represents a key milestone in O-CITY’s plans to drive digital transformation in collaboration with transport operators worldwide.”