As the saying goes, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. Contactless payments will be expanded enormously from Friday, as New York City MTA riders can pass through the turnstiles with just a wave of their wrist or a wave of their phone – as long as they wear an NFC with Apple Watch, Fitbit, Samsung or Android device .
One Metro New York from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority launches a new tap-and-pay program on various transit lines, including all Staten Island buses, and all stops on the 4, 5 and 6 metro lines between Grand Central and Atlantic Avenue -Barclays Center. The MTA plans to extend the OMNY program to the entire NYC public transportation system by 2021
While Tim Cook had already confirmed Apple's participation in the program and Google previously announced its partnership with the MTA "to provide more features with Google Maps and Google Assistant to make commuting even easier," OMNY also supports Samsung This is how they will work:
OMNY uses the Apple Pay Express mode, which allows you to tap the contactless terminal with your watch or phone without activating the device or Users must update to iOS 12.3 and watchOS 5.2.1 to use Apple Pay Express Transit on the iPhone SE, iPhone 6S and later iPhones and Apple Watch Series 1 and newer models.
Any Android smartphone with an NFC chip can take advantage of the OMNY system by tapping their phone at the terminal, but Google has not announced if Wear OS watches are still working. new transit functions, so you can ask when the next train arrives and Maps will tell you if your station supports OMNY.
Fitbit Pay launched in 2017 and since then expanded to approximately 40 countries and various Fitbit trackers: the Ionic, Versa Special Edition and Charge 3 Special Edition all support the OMNY system via the Wallet app. Fitbit also announced that it will roll out transit support in six other cities: Chicago, Singapore, New South Wales, Taiwan, Vancouver and London.
Samsung phones that support NFC or Magnetic Secure Transmission technology can pay the rates with the Samsung Pay app or the Google Pay app. Use with a Galaxy or Gear watch can also use OMNY, but must use Samsung Pay as their standard payment method.