From April this year, customers will be able to pay for their food and drinks using EZ-Link and concession cards at all NETS-enabled hawker centres, both companies said in a joint release on Wednesday (24 January).
This collaboration marks the first time that EZ-Link and NETS have come together to provide an interoperable payments system, the “start of a growing relationship [that] will extend the partnership beyond hawker centres”.
“This partnership is a significant milestone in our efforts to build a cashless ecosystem at hawker centres because we are now able to offer all Singaporeans, young and old, a ‘single interface’ payments experience at hawker centres. They can choose to pay via mobile phone (QR code) or cards,” said NETS CEO Jeffrey Goh.
More than 1,000 stalls across over 30 hawker centres currently accept NETS payment – both QR code and card – including those at Beo Crescent, Tanjong Pagar, Yishun Park and Zion Road, as well as food courts and canteens at Singapore Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Nanyang Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic and the National Technological University.
EZ-Link CEO Nicholas Lee said: “This collaboration opens up many opportunities for EZ-Link and concession card holders to make cashless transactions across the island with a single interface, starting with hawker centres.”