That sums up how I am feeling right now.
As a person who uses public transportation quite often, I had seen advertising and equipment repeatedly for the new Presto system. But until one of our researchers gave me this information, I was in the “dark” about it, I even thought that it made sense. Why not have a system in place to transfer from one transit system to another.
The Presto transit system is based on the Presto “smart” card.
When boarding a Presto enabled bus, train, etc. Riders tap their card card, embedded with an RFID chip, on to a reader. The reader will then check for either a valid transit pass, or automatically deduct the lowest available fare from the card.
Presto is in use in these Ontario cities and systems:
MiWay (Mississauga Transit)
Hamilton Street Railway
York Region Transit/Viva
Durham Region Transit
OC Transpo (2012)
Toronto Transit Commission
Here is a promotional video:
Presto requires “proof of eligibility” (ID) to purchase a “smart” card and also promotes the future ability of loading money onto the card with your smart phone.
More gadgets and systems being added into the smart grid, and furthering the Canadian cashless society.
This just one more step closer to the cashless control grid that is being put into place (with increased speed). A system that controls and traces your every move.
As of 2015 all American cars will have black boxes (the kind that are in commercial jets), that record everywhere that you travel to in the car. Some car rental companies have already started to use this technology. To add extra fees when a person crosses state/provincial boundaries, etc.
Now with the Presto card, public transit users can also be tracked from the information in the RFID chip.
Isn’t living in a control grid of a society great! Not only is everything thing that you use in your home, recorded and stored. Any traveling you do will be as well. The loving governments around the world tracking every move the lowly plebs make, until finally those governments are amalgamated into the global government. And those control systems get centralized. Which won’t be hard, they are all based on the same technology.