We all travel in local trains every day, especially the Mumbai and Delhi people have seen the lines in local trains. Soon, the local trains will be running in Bangalore too!
Few months back I was traveling in a local train in mumbai and well I was appalled by the ticket booking system. In the age of mobile phones, why do we still have queues and why do we need to swipe and do so many irrelevant things just for buying a ticket?
I was extremely annoyed by the system and I said why can’t I book my tickets on my mobile?
Well to answer my own questions, I started thinking…
It was 11 PM and I started jotting down some points on what can be done for making a mobile based ticket booking system.
Well this is not a Novel Idea, but an extension of existing idea of mobile ticketing, however, the difference is that the no of seats are not limited here which is the case in regular train booking system, Mobile Movie Ticketing or any other mobile ticketing system. As you need internet access and you have to select which seat you want etc.
However, in m-Seva the mobile ticket booking system for local trains, you can just use SMS based service and book your tickets.
– A lot of questions were asked to me, on how will anyone check the validity of a ticket?
– How will I buy a ticket? etc
Well it’s simple:
Type BO AN and send an SMS to xxxx
this means Borivili to Andheri and this SMS goes to a universal gateway which authenticates the service and you get a confirmation message!
TT can just check the confirmation message and date and you get to know if this is correct or not!
Watch the presentation below to see the detailed idea and business opportunity attached with this…
I am urging the mobile VAS providers, Telecom Service Providers to join hands and come up with this service for making travel easier!
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