26 May '11, 5pm

New blog post: SBS blocks 3rd-party apps from accessing bus arrival timing

Recently I notice that my gothere.sg iPhone app is having problem accessing the bus arrival timing. At first I thought it might be a bug from gothere.sg and they will fix it soon. Then I discovered that the problem is not with gothere.sg. The problem is with SBS. SBS Transit put up a catcha to block 3rd party apps from accessing bus arrival timing . There’s tons of mobile phone apps that access the bus arrival information from SBS site. Most of them are unusable now after SBS Transit block the access. This is indeed very unfortunate. According to SBS Transit senior vice-president of corporate communications Tammy Tan, many of these proxy websites were accessing its data without seeking approval. ‘This could result in wrong information being released to end-users, which is something we will not be able to control. The introduction of captcha is to prevent unauthorised re-us...

Full article: http://blog.dk.sg/2011/05/26/sbs-blocks-3rd-party-apps-fr...

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