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Turnstiles may break

THE ticket turnstiles at the Expo entrances are at risk of breaking down as attendance has risen remarkably just a little over one month into the event, Expo service support officials said.

Workers conduct three checks and do daily maintenance on all 480-plus turnstiles at the eight entrances to make sure the machines do not break down during peak hours.

"The burden is getting heavier and heavier," said Guo Xiaodong, a technical official who supervises the operation of the machines.

Guo said the technical service team would also make some improvements in the equipment to shorten the time a person needs to pass a turnstile.

It now takes two to three seconds to pass a turnstile. Even at this rate, people are lined up for a long time at entrances, especially when the site first opens.

On May 29, the first day attendance surpassed 500,000, over half entered the site within one hour of opening at 9am.

Some visitors not familiar with the turnstiles stopped before the machine, trying to figure out how to pass. This raises the risk of the machines breaking down, Guo said.

Expo tickets feature Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, technology, enabling the operator to get updated attendance information every five minutes.


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