Skybus rolls out contactless payments

Australian airport bus service, SkyBus, has introduced contactless payments, powered by transit payments processing firm, Littlepay. The solution is available initially on SkyBus’s Hobart Airport-City route, giving passengers the flexibility to simply tap for rides, removing the need to buy tickets before boarding.

The deployment has been achieved in collaboration with Masabi, Commonwealth Bank, Mastercard Gateway and Fujitsu. SkyBus is a part of the Kinetic family which also includes Go Ahead a significant Littlepay customer in the UK.

Littlepay’s cloud-based, PCI-compliant platform accepts incoming card taps, integrates with payments schemes, and provides a full-service open payments solution for transit. Littlepay’s modular platform integrates seamlessly with third party transit back office solutions such as Masabi’s Justride, allowing operators to quickly and easily switch on cEMV acceptance.

While Littlepay has been introducing contactless open loop payments around the world, with live deployments in the UK, Europe, North America and Latin America, this is only its second deployment in Australia.

“This deployment demonstrates that collaborative partnerships can deliver greater innovation and superior customer outcomes for public transport,” said Littlepay CEO, Amin Shayan. “We’ve collaborated with Masabi on a number of exciting projects and we are proud to see this relationship hit another milestone with Skybus.”