Victoria's Transport Ticketing Authority has confirmed that 30,000 myki smart cards have been recalled from distributors as they were issued to retailers "in an inactive state". The new smart card system is currently being rolled out across Melbourne after trial implementations in other centres in Victoria. "30,000 concession mykis for tertiary students were recalled from stations, not customers," the authority said in a statement issued today, confirming earlier media reports. Only about 25 customers were actually issued with the inactive cards, with the rest never making it to the public. The 25 recipients have been contacted and will be issued with replacements. The TTA did not directly answer a question about how many cards had been issued so far, but said over 130,000 registered cards had so been "requested" as part of a promotional offer currently running. The news came as the myki project has also come under fire over the past few days on privacy grounds from the State … [Read more...] about 30,000 myki smart cards recalled
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Despite vulnerabilities recently being found in the same near-field communication (NFC) technology used in the Victorian myki ticketing system, it has been shown to be immune to fraudsters hoping to catch a free ride. Earlier this week, security researchers demonstrated that MiFare Ultralight cards, which are used in the US, are vulnerable to attack by reading the information from them, using them on select US transport systems, and then writing the original contents of the card back to it. Victoria's myki ticketing system uses several forms of MiFare cards. The reusable cards were previously MiFare DESFire MF3ICD40 cards, which the Victorian Transport Ticketing Authority (TTA) is upgrading to MiFare DESFire EV1 cards after it was discovered that hackers could possibly clone cards. It's paper short-term travel tickets, however, use the MiFare Ultralight cards that were thought to be vulnerable. Curious as to whether they are vulnerable, programmer and engineering student Matthew … [Read more...] about Victorian myki system immune to NFC attack
Victoria's troubled myki ticketing system will be officially supported for tram and bus travel from 25 July. Victoria's Minister for Public Transport Martin Pakula today announced that commuters can pay their fare using myki or Metcard across Melbourne transport zones 1 and 2 from Sunday. Victoria's minister for public transport, Martin Pakula, today announced that Melbourne commuters can now use myki cards on trams and buses.(Go tram go image by Scott Sandars, CC BY-SA 2.0) Pakula said that "results from recent testing have demonstrated the system is now ready for customer use on trams and buses". Over the next week, card vending and myki check machines will be activated at large bus and tram stops with work underway to implement myki retail agents. Transport Ticketing Authority (TTA) chief executive Bernie Carolan said that myki users could top up at 11 bus interchanges and 21 tram platforms around Melbourne in addition to the 310 train station machines, a call centre and a website. … [Read more...] about Myki green-lit for buses, trams
The most insulting recent attempt by the NSW Government to win votes before the March 2011 election is the Metrobus SMS trial announced earlier this week. (Waiting for the bus imageBen Cumming, CC BY-SA 2.0) If you're standing at a bus stop and you're unsure when the next bus is, you can SMS the bus number to 0488 TXT BUS and the company will respond with the appropriate times. With smartphone use on the rise in Australia, people must want something a bit better than an SMS telling them the times for a single bus on the Sydney network. Sure, we have TripView for the iPhone, but it's not like the government had anything to do with that. My favourite transport-related app is TramTracker, for Melbourne's tram network. Not only does this provide an up-to-date timetable, but thanks to GPS installed in each tram, the application can tell you exactly where the tram you want to catch is on the network. That's not to mention that when you do get on the tram, if you have a myki card, it's a … [Read more...] about Vic gets myki, NSW gets SMS?
A selected test group will trial a new smartphone app, Mobile Myki, that allows for the use of Android devices with NFC to replace Melbourne's Myki card for ticketing on public transit. The trial will run until early 2019, with testers limited initially to an "industry-based test group" before being opened to a "wider, public test group". Using the NFC element within an Android device to replace the functionality of the Myki card will require a new app, the state government said. "We're trialling this new technology as part of our ongoing work to make public transport easy and accessible for more Victorians," Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said in a statement. "Over the next year, we will watch how the trial goes, and make sure we get the technology right before making it available for all Victorians." The government said Myki has 12 million active cards, and conducts 700 million transactions each year. While Melbourne is headed down a path that … [Read more...] about Victoria to trial replacing Myki card with Android devices