Thursday, July 03, 2003

Railways contract East-West to use chipcard for access control

The Dutch Railways today announced that it contracted East-West consortium to do a trial with its OV-chipcard (chipcard for public transport). The chipcard should serve for access control on the railway Rotterdam-Hoek van Holland (often used to go to or return from the UK by boat). After this first trial, two more will follow near Schiphol and Almere.

The idea is that this chipcard (which in the future will also be used for payments) may help reduce the number of not-paying travelers and thus serve to reduce violent behaviour in and near trains.