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Linux Rides Pillion on Mumbai City Buses

May 15, 2008, 15:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Suhit Kelkar)

"In the swarming Indian metropolis Mumbai, it can be a gymnastic exercise just to fish in your pocket on the packed city buses and stretch out your paying hand to the conductor. Many commuters have opted instead for a 'smart' and cashless way to pay, provided, in part, by Linux. Named Go Mumbai, it is a prepaid smart card for BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport) bus journeys.

"In the most advanced configuration, two fare collection devices are mounted in the aisles near the front and back bus doors. These devices require the commuter to hold the smart card against them (contactless interface) upon entering and while leaving the bus..."

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