Indian Railways will begin a contactless ticketing system with QR code enabled ticket scanning throughout its stations, alongside airport-like check in counters for passengers, in accordance to officers conscious of the event.
Passengers will get an SMS with a QR code and URL after reserving their tickets online and at the railway station the TTE will scan the displayed QR code adopted by which the small print of the passenger will routinely be linked throughout the station’s information base.
“We have introduced a QR code system which will be given on tickets. If one buys online the code will be given on the ticket, even on window tickets, and SMS will be generated and sent on the mobile phone which will have a link and it will show the QR code when the link is touched. Then the TTE at stations or on trains who either with their hand held equipment or on their mobile phones will be able to scan the code and immediately capture details of the passengers,” Railway Board chairman VK Yadav said at a press convention on Thursday.
The choice of QR codes will even be given to passengers shopping for tickets from the counter. Yadav additionally said almost 85% of railway tickets have been being booked online, at present.
“It is not possible to shift completely to a paper-less ticketing across stations right now as there are still some passengers who do not use smartphones,” he added.
Out of the 230 particular passenger trains which can be at the moment working, 42 trains have an total occupancy of 75-100% whereas round 40 are working at lower than 30% occupancy and total the trains are working at an occupancy of 75%. Yadav said six trains in whole have been cancelled following the request of state governments.
Railways have already begun utilizing QR code scanning at one division at Prayagraj on a pilot foundation, officers said.
“Airport-like check-in counters have also been made to minimize the exposure of our checking staff with the passengers,” an official said.
“As a passenger enters the station premises, the QR code of his /her ticket will be scanned through a mobile app and this gets updated in the software’s database. The time of scanning the QR code also gets updated in the application…there will also be integrated checking kiosks with facilities for scanning the QR code of passenger tickets and thermal screening to get body temperature,” the official said.
At Prayagraj division, onboard checking workers can be supplied display modules with info on coaches and berths and whole variety of tickets issued.
Railways can be planning to use a dashboard to know expected passengers for boarding at any time with the intention of deploying appropriate variety of checking workers and allow crowd administration measures. “This will help in proper crowd management at the station. This information will update in real time mode,” the official said.