Monday, February 16, 2009

WiFi on the buses soon :)

Bus commuters will get another value-added service in June when RapidPenang introduces a free WiFi wireless Internet connection come June.

The possibility of Internet connection while commuting is expected to encourage more people to opt for public transport.RapidPenang, which began its operations here in 2007, will be the first stage bus company to offer such a service.

Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said the WiFi service would be available in all RapidPenang buses by the second quarter of this year. Nor Mohamed said among other value-added services soon to be introduced by the company were the identification of RapidPenang buses location via SMS and an electronic ticketing payment system.
I'm not against these ideas, however there are many things need to be taken care of first and foremost. Usage of the Wifi with handphones and laptops or PDAs increases the risk of being monitor by potential pickpockets or snatch thiefs. One should really beware and becareful with their belongings while enjoying such free services.
Another concern that I have here personally is that rather than providing free WiFi services in the bus, the management of RapidPenang should focus more on working towards a better services, more efficient and on-time schedule and of course better attitude from the drivers :)

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