Commuting to get simpler thanks to contactless technology.
Contactless technology could improve office worker commuting.
London workers could soon enjoy a simpler commute into the office thanks to contactless technology.
Transport for London (TFL) has announced that it will upgrade its smartcard system and car readers so that they accept contactless payment on London buses and the tube.
“It is tip-top news that from next year a simple tap of a contactless bank card will be enough to whizz you from A to B in this great city,” commented London mayor Boris Johnson.
TFL will utilise contactless technology that is already in place that allows customers to use their Oyster smartcard for payment. The software will be developed throughout 2011 and be ready in time for the 2012 Olympics.
Once completed the technology will support contactless credit and debit cards from Visa, American Express and Mastercard. They will be accepted on all London buses, trams, tube lines and even overground trains.
This new technology will mean that commuting to the office in the morning will be much easier as you don’t have to carry loose cash or various cards. It will also reduce waiting times and other smaller issues.
“London leads the way in so many different fields and we will be the first in the world to allow the millions using our tubes, trams, busses and trains to benefit from the ease of using this technology,” commented Boris Johnson.
Other developments in place for the Olympics include offices being built to house media and press companies during the games. These offices will then be made available to companies looking for space.