The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay has accepted the transport department’s request for developing a tamper-proof electronic meter. The project, expected to be developed in a few months, will help commuters from paying rigged fares on autorickshaw and taxi rides.
With cases of e-meter tampering being reported a few months ago, the transport department had sought IIT-Bombay’s help to develop a basic hardware and software, which could be replicated to make all e-meters tamper-proof. The institute has started working on the project.
“IIT-Bombay has accepted our request to develop a tamper resistat software and hardware for e-meters. The electrical engineering department has started working on the project,” confirmed a senior transport official. He added that the department officials have discussed with the IIT-B administration about the problems they are facing at present.
Once IIT develops the hardware and software, it would be incorporated in the rules and regulations as specification for e-meters and all e-meter manufactures will have to develop its product as per those specifications.
“We have asked IIT-Bombay to develop a checking mechanism as well to see that the existing meters are not tampered with,” said another transport department official.