Ridango brings contactless payments to Tallinn public transport

Technology company Ridango has developed a novel and innovative interface for public transport ticketing system that enables payment by waving a contactless bank card. 

Tallinn is one of the first European capital cities to introduce contactless payments with bank cards for public transport. The new solution was created through collaboration between Ridango, Tallinn Transport Department, LHV and Mastercard. 

Contactless payment will be available in all Tallinn trams, buses and trolley buses in November at the latest by which time the software of ticket sales equipment in all vehicles will be updated, with all necessary configurations for the adoption of contactless payments undertaken. 

According to Erki Lipre, CEO of Ridango the development and implementation of contactless payments has been a lengthy but extremely interesting and educational process that started back in 2014 when Ridango participated in Mastercard's Start Path Programme, held in Dublin, Ireland. 

"This, followed by long-lasting collaboration with Mastercard gave us a good understanding of execution of contactless payments for public transport. The joint efforts by Ridango, MKM, representatives of city councils, banks and other partners resulted in development of a specification for using contactless bank cards for Estonian public transport, which was followed by extensive development by Ridango team to bring the new system to the market," explained Erki Lipre. 

According to Erki Kilu, CEO of LHV Bank the new payment method is an innovative solution. "As an innovative bank we are keen to participate ourselves as well as through our partners in the development of new and convenient payment solutions. Ease of payments simplifies people's lives. The transport payment system created through collaboration with Ridango is a good example, as innovativeness of this solution has been recognised by card organisation Mastercard," commented Erki Kilu. 

Thanks to this innovation occasional users of Tallinn public transport no longer need to buy a ticket from the driver or possess  the Public Transport Card (Ühiskaart). Contactless payments by bank cards will initially be possible by using a validator by the front door, which has a sticker to help passengers recognise the contactless payment option. 

Ridango thanks Mastercard, LHV, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and NETS for cooperation as well as Tallinn Transport Department and Tallinn City Council whose focus on innovation helps to offer passengers increasingly convenient payment options. 

Ridango's novel and innovative solution to use bank card contactless payments for public transport was launched on Wednesday 15 August with Kadri Simson, Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure making the first contactless payment to buy a ticket by waving a bank card.