Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) Tags Introduced on Trial for Vaishno Devi Pilgrims

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RFID is intended to replace the age-old traditional yatra swipe system.

Jammu:

Radio frequency ID cards have been introduced on a trial basis for pilgrims visiting the Vaishno Devi shrine atop the Trikuta hills in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Sunday.

The radio frequency identification system is based on wireless technology that can be tracked by radio waves. Tags can contain encrypted information, serial numbers and short descriptions.

“RFID technology was rolled out last week on a trial basis from Balganga and Tarakote en route to the cave sanctuary, aiming to track the movement of pilgrims in real time,” a senior Shri Mata official said. Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. said.

The system will help the council regulate the number of pilgrims according to the capacity of the trek and the cave shrine, he said.

The official said verification counters have been set up at seven locations where security and law enforcement personnel will check cards, while there are 29 locations where an antenna and trackers have been set up. placed along the 13 km road from Katra to Bhawan (sanctum sanctorum).

“The current RFID trial is crucial to identify and resolve any issues before full implementation of the project in the coming days,” he said.

Officials said RFID is intended to replace the age-old traditional yatra swipe system and is mandatory for all pilgrims visiting the shrine.

They said the RFIDs are reusable and pilgrims returning to base camp after having darshan will have to drop off the cards at the exit point.

Officials said more than 60 lakh pilgrims have visited the cave shrine since the start of the year.

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