Mumbai मुंबई: While waiting in the long ticket lines at the train station, haven’t you always wished that they could go faster? Every Mumbaikar can relate to the amount of time spent waiting to get a ticket. Well, a bunch of college students may just have the solution for our woes!
Four college students have taken advantage of the user-friendly nature of Android apps, and created an app that will help us avoid the dreaded lines.
The students behind this ingenious app are Rajesh Vaishnav, Vaibhav Mirashi, Sushil Shinde and Vaibhav Tamkhede – from the KJ Somaiya Polytechnic College in Mumbai. Eight months of hard work resulted in the conception and creation of the Android Suburban Ticketing App, or ASTA.
The application is specifically created to target the city’s local train travellers, so that they would avoid the time-consuming effort of being in a queue during peak hours, just to get a ticket. The most striking aspect of the app, however, is that users will be able to get their tickets in just a minute. And they will be able to do so without any internet connection.
So how exactly does the ticketing app work? Well, the four students have created a box that connects to an Android phone through Bluetooth. This box would be placed at any railway station. When passengers enter that station, they would simply have to connect their phones to the box using Bluetooth.
The connecting link between the two devices would be the app, ASTA.
When the connection is established, the user will have to type the name of the station they are currently at, and the name of the one they wish to go to. The user will promptly receive a message, which will contain the details of their journey, ticket price and the number of passengers.
The message will also contain a barcode, which will enable the ticket checkers to verify if the ticket is real or not.
The key positive aspect of this app was the time factor. It would take a second for the phone to connect with the box. This means that even if a large crowd attempted to connect at a single time, the speed of the delivery of the message to each passenger would not decrease or lag.
What did those creating the app have to say about their work?
Well, for starters, the students spent nearly three hours after college, every day, working on the project. They had to do this, since some of the team members did not have access to an internet connection at their homes. They were guided by their professor, Dr. S G Kolte, and their lecturer Nikhil Parmar.
When they were done, they even showed their result to the railway authorities. The authorities told them that any company that desired to introduce the technology made by these students would have to provide monetary support to the railways, so that the installation process could begin. However, the work was appreciated by the authorities, who liked the app.
As of now, the team was working on securing the app, as well as other security-related aspects.
One of them said, “Despite having ATVMs and CVMs, people still stand in queues to get tickets. Also, we’ll ensure that our project isn’t copied by anyone.”
Despite this achievement, there were some definite shortcomings. The app was merely a college project, and it lacked a method of generating revenue. Though the technology was very useful, the team did not specify who would take the initiative to invest in the ticketing model – and hence the project did not have a commercial angle as of now. There was also the need to improve on the fraud-detecting mechanisms as well as the security aspect.
All in all, everyone who has travelled by train is hoping that this app will be implemented soon.