|Subway fare collection systems in Europe seem to be failing left and right. Yesterday Berlin ticket machines were in the spotlight while today we travel to London for more subway fun.
London public transportationâ€™s passenger control system, based on RFID-based electronic access cards, failed on Saturday. Known as Oyster cards, the automated system is intended to speed passenger access onto trains and buses.
The BBC reports:
Making matters worse, cards swiped during that period were rendered useless and must be replaced. ZDNet UK notes, â€œAn investigation has been launched into how 60,000 Oyster smartcards were made inoperable over the weekend.â€
Londonâ€™s smartcard system has been under fire recently for security concerns. ZDNetâ€™s Nate McFeters covered that issue:
Transport for London (TfL), which operates Londonâ€™s subway and buses, provided the following statement in response to my request for additional technical information:
Letâ€™s hope TfL informs the public once theyâ€™ve figured out what went wrong.