Use SMS to Unlock Public Toilets in Finland
Published on: 31st Jan 2008
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Finland's Road Administration has started locking its isolated roadside toilets and unlocking them via SMS. In response to incidents of arson and thefts, the transport authority came up with the novel solution which increased security, without reducing access for the public.
The new system was introduced in last month in the rest areas along Highway 1 in Paimio and Salo near Turku.
The toilets have been secured, and a sign outside explains that the user just sends the word "open" (in Finish) to a short code and the door will be unlocked remotely. The company managing the service will keep a short term record of all users phone numbers, simply so that if the toilet is then damaged by criminals, they can be traced by the police.
There is no premium charge for the SMS.