Snapper, the firm that developed Wellington’s transport card, note that the most request from their users is to top up their cards and see transactions on Apple phone. Their prayers have been answered because of 10 a.m. Wednesday, everyone in Wellington with at least an iPhone 7 will have access to an iOS application for this task.
With the app installed, users only need to place their phone over the card to read the balance, top-up, view passes, save payment information, and collect refunds.
Although the application has been around for about ten years, it’s just recently that Apple allowed developers to employ near field communication. This technology lets nearby devices to communicate with each other wirelessly.
Developers started working on this application after the lockdown. The firm’s chief executive, Miki Szikszai, noted that this application was topmost on the list of things asked of them by people in Wellington. The application has been under tests for the past 12 weeks.
The firm has been leading in this type of transport technology. It is the first time that technology is used in transportation in the country.