Sale of ickets through Hand Held Terminals (HHTs)
·Hon’ble Minister of Railways had announced ‘Operation Five Minutes’ i.e. passengers will get tickets within five minutes. To fulfill this commitment, Railways have already proliferated Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs), introduced Cash operated Ticket Vending Machine (CoTVM) and Paperless Mobile Phone Ticketing for issuance of unreserved tickets. A pilot project was also started for printing of bar coded UTS tickets through Thermal Printers.
·Hon’ble Minister for Railways had announced in the budget speech of 2016-17 to commence sale of tickets through hand held terminals for the benefit of the suburban and short distance travellers. The aim is to minimize waiting time for passengers at booking windows. For achieving this commitment, sale of unreserved tickets through hand held terminals is being introduced today as pilot project at Hazrat Nizamuddin station of Northern Railway. This expands the ‘Points of Sale’ of ticketing with minimal infrastructure requirement.
·These devices are versatile smart hand held terminals consisting of a multifunction keyboard, LCD display, Internal Flash Memory and battery with external charger. It is light weight and very convenient to carry.
·Each machine has unique number which can be used to monitor and regulate the functioning.
·It is GPRS enabled for data synchronisation with server. Besides, the data can also be synchronised through a network cable with server.
·The system is secured through encryption of data which can be accessed through the application only and through security of connection between the device and application server.
·The hand held terminals will work in disconnected mode and being portable device, tickets can be sold in the non ticket booking zone of railway premises.
·Hand held terminals will reduce queue length at booking windows and passengers need not stand in long queues.
·These terminals can issue platform ticket, monthly season ticket and journey tickets for adult, child and senior citizen.
·On these terminals, printing is done through thermal printer on thermal stationery. The issue of ticket will be fast and will eliminate possibilities of fraud.