Sitting on the UK’s M4 corridor, Reading – like many neighbouring towns – has built a reputation as a base for digital innovation. So it’s only natural that it has started to make moves into the contactless world.
The local bus network simplyBus has launched a smart card-based contactless ticketing system in the town and nearby Newbury and Thatcham. The cards – which cover single, daily or weekly rides – can be purchased online or from simplyBus outlets. They can also be topped up at simplyBus locations as well as at 200 PayPoint outlets locally.
UK mobile network operator Orange has already trialed transit ticketing in Reading. Back in 2008, it issued participants with a Sony Ericsson handset which could be used to pay fares on a limited number of buses. Users could also check their phones for a record of their journeys including the day and time of the trip and how long it took.
And countactless technology may get a look in at major music events such as the Reading Festival. Here, preloaded contactless wristbands are a potential winner, acting both as tickets to gain access the event and as contactless payment devices. Events organizer Festival Republic, which manages the festival, has already successfully introduced the technology at Hove Festival in Norway.
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