The government of Delhi through the transport department is all set to roll
out its project for issuing India’s first SCOSTA (Smart Card operating system
in trans-port applications) compliant-Smart Optical Card based vehicle
registration system. Once the system is in place-within the next 20 days, the
new vehicles shall be issued smart optical based vehicle registration
certificates in New Delhi. The Rs 148 crore project spread along a period of
five years-is likely to involve distribution of around four million smart
cards in 10 major RTOs within the Delhi region.
Delhi based Shonkh tech-nologies is implementing the issuance of smart
optical cards in Delhi. "The entire cost of the infrastructure, technology
cards, persona-lization software, manpower operations, supply of req-uired
hardware maintenance shall be borne by Shonkh with no financial burden on the
government exchequer," informed Navnit Gulati,.VP, Shonkh
The company is set to replace the conventional system of vehicle
regis-trations. The card with a microprocessor chip and an optical memory strip
are capable of both storing and processing data. It has a 4kb stored compliant
single chip with a memory of additional data storage. An optical card optical
memory has a digital storage size of book size proportion. The visual por-tion
of the card contains all the information that is in the RC book.
Besides vehicle registration smart cards have many other applications. They
can be used to store and process data in the field of Telecommunications SIM
cards, banking, loyalty, ID, transport, health care, insura-nce, e-governance,
physical access control and logical access control.