Munch Goes Cashless

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With NP's mobile app, mStudent, students can now check if canteens are “Comfy”, “Busy” or “Crowded”. | Photo by Jilliane Lee

Ngee Ann Polytechnic tests online cash payments at one of its school canteens

By Jilliane Lee

“Cashless Canteens” was piloted at the Munch Canteen (Block 73) of Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) in May.

With Liquid Pay, a mobile payment platform launched in 2016, NP staff and students can now make payments via a snapshot of a QR code.

Payments can also be made through Singtel Dash, which was re-launched in 2016. Unlike Liquid Pay, Dash uses a ‘Tap and Pay’ function in users’ Singtel Dash phone application, which supports transit payments.

Samantha Fuentes, 18, a final-year student from the School of Film & Media Studies feels that with Liquid Pay, buying food has become more convenient.

She says: “Especially since the POSB ATMs only deposit $50 notes, this makes it easier for me when I just want to purchase small items that cost less than $5 during lecture breaks. I don’t have to go down to the ATM and draw out a large amount of money just to pay for it.”

In conjunction with the launch of “Cashless Canteens”, the polytechnic also launched a new Smart Crowd Sensing technology that determines how crowded each of the four school canteens are. This is NP’s latest collaboration with technology companies CISCO and GreenKoncepts,

Using NP’s mobile student app and wifi, students and staff can now find out if canteens are “Comfy”, “Busy” or “Crowded”.

Mark Francisco, 17, a first-year student from the School of Business & Accountancy finds the technology helpful to his daily routine.

He says: “With this new implementation, I can skip the lunch crowds and queues. It also makes it easier for my friends and [me] to decide where to eat.”

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