Saturday, 17 May 2014
The Opal Card Experience
Those in Sydney using the Opal card can probably feel some empathy to this situation. It really astounds me how after all these years, we've finally implemented a contactless ticketing system and yet even though technology has progressed so much, our "smartcard" is oh so smart, but also...so...very...slow.
Okay, maybe I am being a bit picky here (it is only a 2-second delay after all), but really, take Hong Kong for example - the Octopus card is really one of the most impressive I've come across. Not only can you use it on public transport, but you can also buy groceries with it, plus a whole lot more! We still have a lot to learn Australia...
P.S. I am mostly annoyed by the delay because I keep stupidly running myself into the gate before the *beep* arrives. (But that's just me...).
Let's also not forget: with a round trip to work everyday, that's 4 taps a day...meaning:
4 taps a day
x 2 seconds delay per every tap
x 220 working days in a year (approximate, if you exclude weekends, public holidays, annual leave, etc)
x 40 years (roughly, assuming someone starts work at 25 and needs to travel to work until age 65)
= 70,400 seconds
= 19.555 hours of your life spent on waiting for your Opal card to think! (And running yourself into gates...)