Garmin, EZ-Link team up to offer dual-use wearables
By Digital News Asia January 20, 2017
- Two wearables offer commuters convenience of paying for rides
- Contactless payment chips used in ez-link cards integrated with devices
GARMIN and Singapore’s EZ-Link Pte Ltd have collaborated to offer more convenience to commuters with the launch of the new EZ-Link wearables that offers EZ-Link payment functions.
Wearable devices that would integrate with EZ-Link’s cashless payments include the Batman v Superman Fitness Tracker X EZ-Link that was made in collaboration between EZ-Link and Watchdata Technologies. The solution also extends to Garmin’s Vivosmart HR fitness band (pic).
Both wearable devices carry the EZ-Link CEPAS purse for fast, convenient and reliable contactless payments on public transport and EZ-Link acceptance points island-wide.
“Our vision for EZ-Link Wearables is to give our users new possibilities and freedom, by blending an essential part of their daily journeys,” said EZ-Link’s chief executive officer Nicholas Lee.
With a tap of their wearable devices, commuters can pay for their rides without having to take out their EZ-Link card.
The solution definitely would benefit fitness enthusiasts who only need to wear their fitness band to travel and purchase goods.
“Integrating the latest smarts, such as innovative payment solutions, into our wearable devices is one of the key pillars of our ongoing efforts to help consumers experience new ways of convenience in their daily life,” said Al Sundoro, General Manager, Garmin South Asia.
Last year Garmin had integrated a similar contactless chip into its Vivosmart HR bands in Taiwan to allow commuters to pay for public transport and select outlets.
The Batman v Superman Fitness Tracker X EZ-Link is available exclusively on My EZ-Link Online Shop from 24 Jan 2017, onwards at S$42.80 while the Garmin VivoSmart HR with EZ-Link will be available at major retailers from end March 2017 at US$181 (S$259).