SIA introduces contactless to Rome transport

Financial infrastructure specialists SIA has announced the availability of contactless payments at subway and railway turnstiles in the Italian capital Rome.

Through the use of its Tap&Go service, passengers will be able to utilise the modern payment method using contactless credit and debit cards (MasterCard, Visa and American Express), also virtualised on smartphones and wearable devices.

“We are particularly proud to have contributed to the launch of this new Tap&Go system,” commented Eugenio Tornaghi, Marketing & Sales Director, SIA.

“From today Rome too can be counted among the most innovative cities in Italy thanks to SIA’s technology already adopted for contactless payments in the Milan subway system and on board ‘vaporetto’ boats in Venice.”

Contactless cards can be used to open the turnstiles of the A, B/B1 and C metro lines and of the Rome-Lido, Rome-Viterbo and Termini-Centocelle railway line stations as well as payment circuits and Atac’s fare calculation system.

The move is said to be a “significant step towards digital transformation in public transport” having already established its Atac payment system in Milan and Venice

“Our country is gradually accelerating the process of digitalisation of the Public Sector and above all in the area of mobility and public transport,” continued Tornaghi.

“Indeed, the hi-tech platforms we have developed can certainly promote the creation of further initiatives aimed at improving the user–experience of citizens by simplifying their daily life through reliable and secure payment services.”