Will a single smart card replace a wallet full of cash, credit and identification cards?

In a three month experiment paid for by the European Commission, Dublin Bus issued 1,000 passengers with a smart card enabling them to pay their bus fares, car park charges, toll bridge fees and telephone calls. Rather than relying on cash and individual plastic cards, Dublin Bus combined the individual payments into one DASH card. 

Brendan Flynn, technology development manager at Dublin Bus says,

Generally the public were very, very favourable.

The system was operated on a trial basis on just one city bus route. Those involved in the experiment said they would like to see it expanded to all routes, with further services added to the card.

As the card was such a success, under the same programme, the Eastern Health Board is planning to test a smart card in Bray, County Wicklow. This card will securely hold patient’s information and a range of medical information.

In the case of an emergency, the information on the card can be quickly accessed by medical practitioners. The card will enable chemists to fill prescriptions faster, and it will be used to pay for Health Board services.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 November 1994. The reporter is Seán Walsh.