As Toronto transit officials continue to battle with local legislators and residents about the best payment system for its transportation lines, Vancouver’s transit authority has already set in motion a plan to introduce “off the shelf” contactless smartcard technology, the Globe and Mail reports.
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A Lebanese University recently updated its student IDs to feature smartcard technology, in a move that will offer more payment options for cardholders.
After a number of recent debacles over its public transportation system, which currently employs tokens as a method of payment, the city of Toronto is considering implementing a smart card fare collection system. The smart cards are being tested and would be launched in 2013.
Data collection at Canadian border crossing is receiving a technological boost, thanks to the Full Page Document Reader. The device captures data from traveller’s documents (including contactless passports and magnetic stripes), therefore boosting security.
The transit system of British Columbia’s Lower Mainland area is getting a contactless technology boost. Current forms of tickets and passes will be replaced with smart cards by the year 2013. The smart cards will be pre-loaded and scanned in front of an electronic card reader for payment.
Smart card technology has been chosen to form a secure access system and ensure the safety of those who visit the German House during the 2010 Olympic games. LEGIC will supply the contactless cards to control who has access to the meeting place for German athletes, coaches, officials, and other personnel.
A new electronic fare system is replacing Saskatoon transit’s current paper system. With the new system, contactless smart cards will be pre-loaded by riders and flashed in front card readers installed on the city’s entire bus fleet.
Canada is joined by the U.S. in the sharing of identity information such as fingerprints to crack down on unlawful immigration. The use of biometric technology is a powerful tool for preventing terrorists and criminals from crossing the shared borders of the two countries.