Mobile ticketing is the process whereby customers can order, pay for, obtain and validate tickets from any location and at any time using mobile phones or other mobile handsets. Mobile tickets reduce the production and distribution costs connected with traditional paper-based ticketing channels and increase customer convenience by providing new and simple ways to purchase tickets. Mobile ticketing is a prime example of horizontal telecommunication convergence .
PDA based devices to be deployed at stations to distribute and check all type of tickets
Devices would be connected to server via a secured Wi Fi network
It would have four in one functionality – Printer, scanner/Barcode reader, credit card reader and mobile phone
This would ease ticket distribution, provide all enquiry and check ticketing frauds
These devices are very portable and its proliferation at all check points at a station with Ticket collectors would ensure entry and exit with proper tickets only and pressure on booking windows would be reduced
YourRail is the first company to successfully supply a train operator - Chiltern Railways - with a full system for purchasing, retailing, fulfilling and validating train tickets electronically in the UK. By April 2008, 18,000 customers have signed up and more than 40,000 eTickets have been sold.
Mobile ticketing and loyalty specialist ActiveMedia Technology has launched new mobile ticketing software which it claims could reduce the cost of implementing mobile ticketing by more than two thirds. The new barcode software is designed to encourage take up of mobile ticketing by dramatically reducing set-up and running costs, while simultaneously creating a highly-scalable, easy-to-deploy infrastructure.
“ Mobile delivery and redemption can reduce the cost of ticketing by as much as 80% compared to paper based tickets” adds ActiveMedia Managing Director, Ariya Priyasantha. “There are obvious fraud reduction benefits too, as there is no middle-man to interfere with the delivery process The question is not so much if, but when, this technology will become mainstream. With such a low price point for such secure, proven technology that answer has to be very soon.”