24 May '11, 1am

SBS Transit's Iris blocks automatic access to bus route data, putting the brakes on 3rd-party apps

SBS Transit's Iris blocks automatic access to bus route data, putting the brakes on 3rd-party apps

Mobile phone apps like SG NextBus had been providing users with bus arrival time data. The use of captchas has stalled most of the locally developed transport apps, upsetting commuters and developers. -- ST PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: LIM SIN THAI COMMUTERS who rely on mobile-phone applications to tell them when their bus is arriving have run into a road block. SBS Transit's Iris (Intelligent Route Information System) now seems to have blocked third-party phone applications and other programs from automatically accessing data of all its bus routes - about 200 of them. Read the full report in Tuesday's edition of The Straits Times.

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/...

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