Oyster – London’s transport network

As a way to help customers, the Transport for London has been recommended to assist them in repossessing their share of cash modeled by dormant Oyster cards as the system marks its 15th anniversary.

In summation, balances and deposits amounts to 321M. This is a result of cards that have not been utilized for more than a year as shown by prescribed statistics. Subsequently after its foundation, the Oyster always granted people the opportunity to move freely through London’s transport network. To accomplish this, Oyster uses radio-frequency identification technology (RFID) technology.

The card is made using integrated circuit comprising two principal components, a petite microchip that stores data and an antenna that is capable of transmitting and receiving relevant data. The RFID tubes which are disks in bright yellow color are found on every station gate. They also possess a two-way receiver. A pulse of radio waves are sent by the reader immediately the card is brought near the reader. By this, the chip is activated, this propels enough power for the reader to ascertain the cards serial number and the bearing of a slate or pay-as-you-go balance.

The amount left on Dormant Oyster cards is gliding as people alternate to contactless payment. Using advertisements and information campaigns TfL has continued casting us but remain improbably quiet about the cash mountain which is the main issue. TfL should commit their time by assuring the general public of how they could get back their money.Since the launch of Oyster cards back on 30 June 2003, it is estimated that more than 100 million individuals have used it. Public transport payment has been revolutionalised by the system.

This has been seen in areas like Tube, rail, bus, boat and cable cars. By capping fares individuals would never pay more or less as compared to those using paper tickets for their days travel. Users are capable of recovering the 5 initial deposits that they paid for their card and a also 10 pay-as-you-go credit. Nevertheless, not all users are willing to do this and this has led to the TfL remaining on an increasing fund of cash piling up on dormant cards. The figure has amounted to nearly 100m in the two yesteryears, from 223m in August 2016.

Due to all the changes that have happened in the system the transport authority is designing a good plan amounting to 1 billion shortfalls the coming year after a decline in passengers. Work patterns and rise of internet shopping has led to the decline in these sectors revenues. Upgrading programs of the several Tubes has been remitted after much loss of a government grant amounting to 700m a year.

This also comes in connection with due cutting of substantial bus services. Shashi Verma. TfL`s Chief technology officer said that the Oyster card is an essential part of London and we1re delighted with how popular this innovation has become in the last 15 years. The system has also changed the public transport in London and has made it become a recognized system in the world and aided in the providence of not only more but affordable and comfortable travel for everyone.