Saturday, April 21, 2012

National Common Mobility Card - More

This news isn’t really news - the proposal from the government seems to have been outlined in September 2010 – but it was definitely news to us when we learned of it through The Hindu. Basically, the Ministry for Urban Development would like to simplify things for travellers in major cities in India by providing a cashless system of payment – the MORE card. This card could (as per proposal) be used to transact for intra-city buses, Metros, trains, taxis (and autorickshaws as well!), parking charges and tolls on highways. The proposal outlines the details of a contactless smart card that conforms to ISO 14443 Type A. The Ministry outlines a plan to provide various methods to recharge the card, similar to how prepaid mobile phone accounts work. To ensure interoperability across cities, the proposal also dictates different states across the country to adhere to certain specifications. From the proposal, it also appears that while the card would be usable in other cities which implement the system, it would have limited use and technical support would still be provided by the transport authority in the city in which the card was purchased.

Overall, this seems like an amazing plan right out of a science fiction film. Jaipur seems to be working on implementing it, with the transport authorities in Chennai sounding keen to implement it as well. Perhaps, over the next couple of years, major cities across India would be enjoying the service of this cashless smart card. We’ve gone through the available information in the respective Ministry website and reached out to S. K. Lohia, the Officer on Special Duty (Urban Transport), Union Ministry for Urban Development. We’ll let you know if we learn anything to add to the details we’ve mentioned here. One more alternate design for the MORE card (with a space for a user photograph) is displayed below, although from the photograph published by The Hindu, it appears that the Ministry has decided to go with the design displayed above.

National Common Mobility Card - More

Via: The Hindu

Source: Design of MORE card, Letter to State departments with proposal for the NCMC

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