Tuesday, April 30, 2013 | 10:36 AM
The bus is a great way to get around, but it can be frustrating if you don’t have enough money for the journey, or the conductor forgets to give you change from your fare.
So Google has teamed up with Equity Bank, the largest bank in East Africa, to launch BebaPay, a payment card that makes it easier and more convenient to pay for bus travel in Kenya.
With BebaPay, you’ll never again have to worry about carrying change for the bus, or keeping stacks of bulky tickets and receipts in your bag. Instead, people travelling on key Nairobi bus routes such as Riruta, Karen and Jogoo Road will be able to pre-load money onto their BebaPay card, and swipe or tap it on the card reader when boarding a bus to pay for their journey.
BebaPay cards are available for free from major bus stops like Kencom House, Pipeline and Yaya. Once you get your card, you can load money onto your card at select Equity Bank agents, or using mobile money. You can also use the BebaPay site to keep an eye on your spending. Every time you use your BebaPay card to pay for a journey, you will be sent a free receipt by SMS.
BebaPay uses smart cards powered by Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, plus software from Google. The NFC technology means that payment can take place offline, even when there is no power or network connectivity.