Hyderabad: In order to ensure the safety of passengers and ease the rush during boarding time, South Central Railway (SCR), for the first time, has launched biometric token machine (BTM) service at Secunderabad railway station.

BTM aims to ease the boarding process for passengers in unreserved coaches by avoiding long queues and preventing brawls. The machine first records the information of each passenger such as their name, train number, PNR number, and destination station. Following this, the passenger's biometric information such as fingerprint and photograph is captured. Once this information is acquired, the machine auto generates a token with a serial number and the passengers must board the coaches according to their assigned number.

In addition, the data stored by the Biometric token machine will be useful in detecting crimes committed on trains and will act as a deterrence for miscreants. This system will give a big relief to passengers travelling in general class as they need not wait in queues for hours. Once a passenger receives the token, s/he can reach the coach 15 minutes prior to departure and board the train without any hassle.

The token machine system will also help to minimize the manpower requirement of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to maintain the queue during boarding time, an SCR release said.

The service was launched by Eswara Rao, the principal chief security commissioner of SCR, and A.K Gupta, the Secunderabad divisional railway manager along with other officials on Tuesday.

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