How RFID-enabled Smart Card Changes Taipeiness’ Daily Life

Taiwan-Easycard-smart-card-RFID-blogNowadays, Easycard, a smart card equipped with RFID tag, makes up part of Taipeiness’ daily life. People here use it to open office door, buy coffee at a corner shop, pay for parking, check out a library book, so on and so forth.

Taiwan introduced its RFID-enabled smart card in 2002, following the examples of Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.

The card was first used on buses and Taipei’s Tube, the MRT. Later it expanded to cover high-speed rail and some taxis, in addition to hospitals, shops, renting bicycle and even on domestic flights.

Today, Easycard is one of the world’s most multifunctional smart cards. Other cities are now considering equipping their citizens with something similar.

The card brings countless convenience and benefits to users.

Most schools in Taipei use the RFID technology, both to track students’ attendance and to reassure parents that their children are safe. For example, when a student arrives at school, he/she touches the Easycard to a sensor at the entrance to the school, and the student’s parents will receive a message, telling them that their child is safely at school.

Hundreds of shops around Taiwan, and especially supermarket chains 7-Eleven and Family Mart, are equipped with the Easycard payment system.

The technology reduces the amount of cash in the till, which discourages robbers.

The Easycard is currently in talks with smart-cards providers in other Asian countries and areas, including Octopus in Hong Kong, Ez-link in Singapore and T-Money in South Korea.

It could be possible that in a couple of years, you might need just one card to travel around Asia.