(Manila, Philippines - November 2020) Under the country's largest and integrated telecommunications company PLDT, PLDT Enterprise and Smart have entered into a strategic partnership with AF Payments, Inc. (AFPI).
AFPI will bundle its Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS) with PLDT’s Smart Tracker solution to provide a complete fleet management and fare collection solution to public transport operators. Public transport operators will now have the option to get fleet management and fare collection functionality from AFPI without the need to contract with multiple suppliers.
The strategic partnership goal is to make it easier for Public Transport Operators to meet the demand for effective fleet management and modern fare collection. As it becomes easier for Public Transport Operators to implement fleet management and fare collection systems, the riding public will benefit from more convenient fare payment options, better vehicle scheduling and passenger information systems.
Jojo Gendrano, FVP & Head of PLDT Enterprise Core Business points out that the Smart Tracker solution powered by Vectras (provider of GPS tracking and fleet management solutions) “aims to simplify the management of fleets of public transport vehicles With the Smart Tracker solutions, Public Transport Operators can track transport sector’s assets and in real time via a GPS tracker, and commuters will get access to information about the schedule and location of the buses.”
With the guidance of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), AF Payments, Inc. (AFPI) has been working with the Public Transport Operators of train, jeepney and bus fleets, including the three light rail systems of Manila and the EDSA bus consortiums, to help make public transport more convenient by introducing modern fare collection based on contact-less cards and QR codes. “Through this strong partnership with PLDT Enterprise, we continue to build on the efforts of modernizing the public transport sector and making modern fare payment accessible to all,” said Sharon Fong, Chief Commercial Officer of AF Payments Inc.
Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT President & CEO and SVP & Head for PLDT and Smart Enterprise says that “we at PLDT and Smart are confident that this strategic partnership enables strengthened a more modernized transportation management and cashless payment system for Filipino commuters. Bus companies can manage their operations better and the public will be assured of a simplified and safer way to commute with contactless payments.”
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