Student bus pass goes hi-tech

Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: The new-age bus pass, which looks like a credit card, is being introduced in Mysore city to overcome complaints of tampering of bus passes. The data retrieved from the chip after the pass is swiped in the ticket-vending machine will give feedback to KSRTC authorities on how to improve the system.

In August, students will get bus passes having the hi-tech feature of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). Such passes are being introduced on an experimental basis in Mysore city and Chikmagalur.

When an RFID bus pass is swiped in the ticket-vending machine, it reads the data stored in the chip and confirms the user, that is the pass holder, thereby preventing misuse, said KSRTC Divisional Controller Ashok Kumar.

He said that RFID passes are being prepared by an agency, which has expertise in the field. “No additional money will be collected from students for these hi-tech passes.

Processing fee

The processing fee of Rs. 60 will be collected in addition to the fare for the monthly pass,” he said, adding that RFID bus passes will help the KSRTC in preventing misuse as it contains the photograph and other necessary details of the student.

Once the RFID bus passes are issued, the card-type bus passes will be discontinued and whoever applies for student bus passes will get RFID bus passes, he said.

Last year, the Mysore division of KSRTC had distributed 50,000 student bus passes. “We may end up issuing as many as 40,000 passes this year taking into consideration the students who have passed out of colleges in 2006-07,” he said.

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