Amid COVID-19, Railways To Have QR-Code Enabled Contactless Ticketing

Railways is not setting up to go fully paperless as of now, Railway Board Chairman mentioned. (File)

New Delhi:

The railways will move to contactless ticketing like at airports with QR code-enabled tickets, which will be scanned on handheld units and cellular telephones at the stations and on the trains, a senior formal of the national transporter reported on Thursday.

Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav explained though 85 for each cent train tickets are now currently being booked on the net, a QR code will also be obtainable for those acquiring tickets from counters.

“We have launched a QR code procedure, which will be offered on tickets. If a single purchases online, the code will be presented on the ticket. Even on window tickets, the place just one receives a actual physical ticket, a textual content concept will be despatched to the passenger”s cellular mobile phone, which will have a connection, and the QR code will be exhibited when the hyperlink is touched.

“Then the TTE at the stations or on the trains, both with their hand-held products or by means of their mobile phones which will have a QR software, will be equipped to scan the code and quickly capture the aspects of the travellers. So the ticketing technique will be totally contactless,” he stated.

Mr Yadav claimed the railways is not setting up to go entirely paperless as of now, but will substantially lessen its use by facilitating on the internet scheduling of reserved, unreserved and system tickets.

He also reported an on line recharge facility of suburban playing cards and Kolkata Metro has been enabled. A pilot job of contactless ticket-examining with an airport-like test-in for all passengers entering the station has been introduced at Prayagraj Junction of North Central Railway.

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A spokesperson of the North Central Railway explained how the process works at the Prayagraj station.

As a passenger enters the station premises, the QR code of his ticket is scanned by a cellular software and this gets updated in the software’s database. The time of scanning the QR code also gets updated in the software.

The station has check-in counters to minimise the exposure of the examining staff to the passengers. The QR code is scanned and the thermal screening of travellers initiated at these counters, the official said.

He included that the onboard ticket-checking personnel also receives details on travellers concurrently — all details is furnished to their handheld equipment, which include a coach-intelligent show with the range of berths, unbooked berths and quantity of boarding passes.

“This will assistance the smooth functioning of the line staff and also assist to relay the details of the vacant berths to the future site in a actual-time mode,” the official said.

Mr Yadav mentioned the IRCTC website will be wholly revamped and the processes simplified, personalised and even integrated with hotel and meal bookings.

He reported the railways has digitised all its property for superior monitoring. It has also set up a geo-portal and produced programs for all its preset property such as tracks, signalling, OHE and other electrical property, which have been mapped, the Railway Board chairman included.

The land designs of the countrywide transporter have been authenticated, digitised and geo-referenced, Yadav said, including that the railways has introduced digital initiatives in its freight and educate functions.

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The Freight Operations Facts Process (FOIS), e-registration of demand from customers and E-payment Gateway, Built-in Coaching Administration Procedure (ICMS), Manage Workplace Application (COA), Crew Management Technique (CMS), Software-aided Educate Scheduling Process (SATSANG), Protection Information and facts Management Method (SIMS), auto-era of optimised loco hyperlinks are some of the applications that are becoming made use of for a easy motion of goods trains, he stated.

Mr Yadav stated the railways has signed a memorandum of being familiar with (MoU) with the Indian Room Exploration Organisation (ISRO) for satellite-monitoring of trains. This captures genuine-time info relating to the pace and locale of the trains, offers serious-time interaction to passengers about arrival and departures and analytics for improved operation, he included.

In the very first stage, GPS products have been equipped on 2,700 electrical locomotives and 3,800 useful diesel locomotives. In the second section, an further 6,000 locomotives will be integrated by December 2021, the Railway Board chairman mentioned.

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