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 newand 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
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
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
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.