Sunday, August 17, 2008

Heights of security - using SMS to unlock public toilets in Finland

That's what it's come down to. In response to an increase in arson and damage to public isolated roadside toilets, the transport authority in Finland has come up with a solution (stupid ? but seems to work) where the user needs to SMS "open" (in Finnish) to a short code to open the door and use the toilet.

The solution is as stupid as breaking into a public toilet and damaging it. Seems to work though, since they installed it in Feb 2008, or at least that's what they claim.



Blogger Keith said...

Well, if Finland wasn't so cold and boring, maybe people would have better things to do than vandalize public toilets. :^)

9:30 PM  
Blogger Padmanaban Kumar (Paddu @ Just for Kicks) said...

you're right. Plus, in the age of cyberhacking etc., it hurts my feelings to realize that there is a country that actually has succesfully pulled off an SMS based solution for security.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Nanda said...

I thought the solution was quite cool. At very less cost, the security guys get a phone number to track in case of any incident. This seems cheaper than putting a CC TV at every toilet entrance. Do you mean to say that it is quite easy to spoof the number from which you are sending your SMS? Is that possible...?

12:41 AM  

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