EasyCard to be usable in Singapore in near future
By Chi-hao James Lo ,The China Post
June 3, 2014, 12:04 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) in Singapore yesterday presided over the collaboration ceremony between the EasyCard Corporation and the Land Transport Authority of Singapore's subsidiary company EZ-Link Pte. Ltd.
The bi-annual World Cities Summit took place in Singapore on June 1 with the mayor in attendance. Hau later presided over the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony with Singapore's Land Transport Authority Representative Lew Yii Der. Taiwan's top envoy to Singapore Hsieh Fa-dah (謝發達) and Group Director Danny Lim Ban Hoe of Transport & Logistics/Marine, Oil & Gas at International Enterprise Singapore was also in attendance.
The MoU was signed and exchanged between contactless smart card corporation leaders EasyCard Chairman Chang Chia-sheng (張家生) of Taiwan and EZ-Link Chief Executive Nicholas Lee of Singapore. EZ-Link is the current Singaporean counterpart of the EasyCard Corporation and manages the EZ-Link card used for transportation on local buses and the MRT system in Singapore.
Set to be a milestone in cross-national tourism, the MoU seeks to develop a 2-in-1 contactless smart card in the future that will enable travelers from both nations to access buses and metro stations in either country. The cards can also be used to make purchases in limited consumer outlets and will save travelers the trouble of needing to purchase an extra card while abroad in either country.
Chang stated that EZ-Link is currently the most widely used contactless smart card in Singapore; used in over 10,000 convenience stores, supermarkets and restaurants as well as for transportation. EasyCard has been very successful in Taipei since its launch in 2002 and will develop even further with its connections to EZ-Link through the MoU.
Hau also applauded the MoU during his speech, stating that the collaboration is a positive development between Taiwan and Singapore. The mayor later stated that he has confidence and high hopes for the cross-nation contactless smart card, which will provide convenience to business people and tourists alike from both countries.