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Airtel, HNB launch e-bus ticketing

Bharti Airtel Lanka, Hatton National Bank (HNB), Sony Felica and the Matara Passenger Transport Company Ltd launched one of Sri Lanka's first NFC (Near Field Communication) enabled multi-functioned payment system.

This payment system will be available on 'HNB One Card', the pioneering NFC enabled payment card launched in December 2013. With the provision of the e-bus ticketing facility, HNB becomes one of the first bank's to deploy such a service commercially in Sri Lanka.

The connectivity technology for the complete system will be provided by Airtel through Airtel Lanka Enterprise Solutions. The launch of the NFC system took place in Matara.

Investment Promotion Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma, Sanath Jayasuriya MP, Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka Nobuhito Hobo were present.

The NFC enabled systems will be used in 225 long distance buses of the Matara Transport Passenger Company. The card uses a simple 'tap and go' system. It will soon be available for ATM transactions, transport facilities islandwide, toll stations at the two expressways, drive-through food outlets, supermarkets and fuel stations.

Bharti Airtel Lanka, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Suren Goonewardene said, "This project is the first of many more related projects to be launched by Bharti Airtel Enterprise Solutions. COO, HNB, Dilshan Rodrigo said, "This is yet another step for HNB in the electronic banking space and HNB One will complement many innovations including mobile banking, HNB 'MOMO' and Pay Fast introduced in the recent past in the retail banking sphere."

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