Smart Singapore: The future of our nation’s transport system includes hands-free MRT fare gates, to be tested in 2018

Technology is the way of the future, and Singapore is steadily moving in that direction (see vending machines, tray return robots in coffee shops, and Changi Airport’s augmented reality glasses and automated cleaning machines).

Well, here’s another new development that could very well become the future of Smart Singapore. Enter the hands-free fare gate. Set to be tested out at chosen MRT stations next year, this innovative system allows commuters to move in and out of the gantry gate just by wearing an RFID (long-range radio frequency identification technology) or bluetooth-enabled fare card around their necks.

This will especially benefit commuters with disabilities, a Ministry of Transport representative told Channel NewsAsia. So if all goes according to the Land Transport Authority’s plan, it seems like we may not even need EZ-Link cards a couple of years from now.

A model of the fare gate was put on display today at the Future of Transport showcase, which was held in conjunction with the 23rd ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting, reported TODAY.

Other technology initiatives exhibited include smart wheelchairs and autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs). The former allows people to move several wheelchairs autonomously with a touch of a button, while the latter uses sensor technology to transport food trolleys to their destinations, and is currently being used by ground-handling firm SATS at Changi Airport.


Smart Singapore: The future of our nation’s transport system includes hands-free MRT fare gates, to be tested in 2018

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“Technology will help as it takes away some of the dangerous aspects of jobs, like lifting heavy loads,” said Donald Lum, assistant vice president of technology at SATS, to Channel NewsAsia. “In the process, our older workers get to up-skill by interacting with technology… This also helps us to attract younger talent to the sector.”

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