Zimbabwe’s second largest mobile network operator by subscriber base, NetOne will through its mobile money platform, OneMoney incorporate its subscribers into the ZUPCO tap card payment system, 263Chat Business has learnt.
The tap card payment system, an electronic ticketing innovation from the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) was introduced on all ZUPCO buses in May this year to mitigate cash challenges commuters were facing and is currently limited to Ecocash and bank card platforms.
Speaking at the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between HIT and NetOne today, Director at HIT Technology, Transfer Licensing and Commercialisation Centre, Dr. Eng. Talon Garikayi said the two entities were currently working on the inclusion of the Onemoney payment platform on the Zupco buses payment system.
“On the ground we are currently working with NetOne to bring the OneMoney mobile platform on the mass bus transport system for the payment of ZUPCO buses so that when you have got OneMoney you can pay and get into the bus,” Garikai said.
Prior to this, HIT and NetOne have been working together on various projects including installation of the tracking system on ZUPCO buses where NetOne is providing connectivity through its fast 4 G internet service while HIT developed and maintains the software system.
The addition of OneMoney comes as relief to NetOne subscribers who were facing challenges in accessing cash to meet transport costs at a time cash liquidity remains dire in the economy.