Masabi, a UK-based developer of public transport payments software, has introduced a multi-format ticket validation device to facilitate contactless tap and ride ticketing.

Dubbed Justride Validator, the new offering supports multiple ticketing formats such as paper and mobile barcodes, contactless bank cards and smartcards, and bluetooth

It enables commuters to travel in buses and trams by tapping a contactless payment card, linked smartcard or mobile device.

The new proposition incorporates GPS and cellular connectivity.

It supports key card brands like MasterCard, Visa, American Express, along with mobile payment platforms Apple Pay and Google Pay.

Masabi said that the device is easy to install and maintain.

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Masabi CEO Brian Zanghi said: “Ticketing using contactless bank cards and smart devices – it’s what passengers are expecting and what transport providers are demanding. However, the reality is that the hardware requirements have made it cost-prohibitive for many transit authorities around the globe.

“By failing to make tap and ride ticketing accessible to all transport agencies, the industry has been failing passengers.

“Through combining our SaaS approach, together with this innovative affordable hardware, we are fundamentally changing the economics of Account Based Ticketing, opening it up to cities and transport authorities of any size and budget.”