Mumbai : In a path-breaking step, the railways are working on developing a radio patching signal that will enable commuter to purchase tickets using their mobile phones once they enter the railway station premises. The radio patching signals will be acting like a wifi, which the commuter can get connected to once inside the premises.
The technology will enable the commuter to purchase the ticket from the server directly without standing in the queue. The radio waves will get connected to the mobile phones enabling them to make the purchase even while boarding the train.
While officials are working towards improving the ticketing experience of the commuters, they are also worried about the system being cracked.
A senior railway official said, “There needs to be a anti-virus or a fire wall developed to guard the system from being tampered. As the radio signals will be available to everyone, there is a possibility of it being tampered.”
He further added, “The system needs to be made intact like the Public Reservation System (PRS). The PRS is an independent system that cannot be tampered with or fiddled with.
If the radio signalling systems come into existence, the entire concept of ticketing and non-ticketing area will be changed. There will be no distinction between a ticketing and a non-ticketing area. The area where the ticketing booths are placed are identified as non-ticketing area whereas the platforms are considered as the ticketing area where a commuter can enter only with a proper ticket or a platform ticket.
An official added, “The entire concept of ticketing and non- ticketing area will have to be redefined and new rules and regulations will have to be implemented.
Source - free press journal