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Buses to have radio-frequency ID

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After August 1 authorities will be able to monitor all public buses, thanks to the implementation of a radio-frequency identification (RFID) system.
According to the Transport Bureau (DSAT), the RFID device has already been installed in 85 percent of the over 600 public buses that will be running next month. The system will be tested starting tomorrow to ensure it runs smoothly.
RFID devices are being installed in 150 bus stops all over Macau, which will allow authorities to check the departure and arrival times of all buses. It will be possible “to evaluate whether buses arrived on time or late, if they are running an extra shift or took a detour,” DSAT commented.
A global analysis of the data gathered by this system will show whether or not the daily bus schedule is adequate, the statement adds. This data could be used on “a future optimisation of the [bus] routes and organisation of the bus departure frequency”.
The RFID is a part of a wider public bus management system created by DSAT. The software put together by the local branch of China Telecom has been gradually installed on buses since last month. After the first trials, the company is now updating the system according to opinions provided by bus operators.
In the new public bus model the operator will be paid according to the number of bus departures, while the government will receive the fees paid by passengers.
In order to supervise the handling of the fees, DSAT installed video surveillance equipment and a fibre-optic connection at the operators’ facilities and on money transport vehicles.
The images will be available in real time at the DSAT control centre and will be saved as “a highly efficient and safe data backup”.

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