Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) has installed one or two new Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates. The new AFC gates accept QR-code and open loop NCMC. All testing and trials have been completed.
BENGALURU: Passengers to Namma Metro stations could soon use the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC), as well as QR-coded ticketing.At each Phase 1 Metro station, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) has installed one or two new Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates.The new AFC gates accept QR-code and open loop NCMC.Métro stations in Phase 2 already have NCMC and QR-code ready AFC gates.We are waiting for the CM's date for the NCMC launch.It is most likely to be launched in the first week of November.All testing and trials have been completed.Once the NCMC card is introduced, passengers will be able to use it at all stations. In a phased fashion, he said, all AFC gates at Phase 1 stations would accept both QR-code and NCMC.BMRCL will enable users to buy tickets via its mobile app and will also offer paper tickets at ticket counters under the QR-based ticketing scheme.The apppaper ticket will have the QR code on it, which can be tapped at the QR enabled AFC gates at Metro stations.Once the smart cards and tokens are operational, commuters no longer have to carry them. Although closed-loop cards, as those currently used in Namma Metro, can't be used for other purposes.However, the BMTC isn't yet ready to accept NCMC because it will need to update the existing Electronic Ticketing Machines (ETMs).At the moment, 72% of Metro passengers use smart cards and 28 percent tokens.Tokens, which have a chip that can be scan at the AFC gate for entry, are expensive to purchase and require sanitizing after use. Nonetheless, the whole process is virtually inaccessible with a digital QR-code ticket app.