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  • 05 August, 2019

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Biometric Token System

GS-II: Biometric Token System

Context

The Western and Central Railways have introduced a new Biometric Token System (BTS) that seeks to streamline the process of boarding unreserved coaches.

Biometric Token System (BTS)

  • Biometric Token System (BTS) is a system by which passengers travelling in the general coach, where seats are not reserved, are given a token roughly three hours before the train’s departure.
  • These tokens are given on a first-come, first-served basis, and carry a serial number on them, which governs the order in which passengers will board the train.
  • Tokens are issued after accepting the biometric information of individual passengers.
  • Passengers with valid tickets are required to place their fingers on a scanner and are issued a token with a serial number against their biometric data.
  • Passengers must queue up and enter the compartment in the order of their serial numbers.
  • The tokens are issued three hours before a train’s departure. The use of biometrics cuts out the touts and helps genuine passengers.

Why such a move?

  • Boarding ‘general’ compartments in which seating is not reserved especially in long-distance trains leaving major cities, has always been an ordeal for passengers.
  • The massive mismatch between the number of travellers and the available seats drives people to queue up on platforms up to 10 hours in advance.

Why use BTS?

  • The use of biometrics (fingerprint) rules out touts and ensures only bonafide travellers receive a token.
  • In case of a mishap, officials will have details of the passengers, and with the help of this (biometric information) they can prevent black marketing of unreserved tickets.

Source: Indian Express


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