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August 2017

Malaysia’s Cyberjaya to get smart city boost

A pilot programme slated to commence in the third quarter of 2017 will give Malaysia’s Cyberjaya the needed boost to realise its ambitions of becoming a smart city. Led by payments technology supplier Mastercard, the programme will test several applications, including e-payments, mobile ticketing in public transportation, bike-sharing and the use of chatbots in the food and beverage industry. Specifically in cashless payments, Mastercard will be rolling out Masterpass QR that lets consumers pay for goods and services from their smartphones using a QR code, without the need for a point-of-sale terminal. Participating merchants, such as food stalls and coffee shops in Cyberjaya and nearby Putrajaya, Malaysia’s administrative capital, are only required to display a Masterpass QR code at the point of sale to accept e-payments. At restaurants, consumers can build their orders through artificial intelligence-based chatbots, which will learn about user preferences and personalities, and facilitate one-click checkout of takeaway orders ...

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