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Smart Seat Reservation system

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028347D
Original Publication Date: 2004-May-11
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-May-11
Document File: 3 page(s) / 72K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Smart seat reservation system

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Smart Seat Reservation system

In the trains where there is the possibility or the need to reserve the seat actually there is a plastic cardholder near the seat. Someone, a couple of hours before the train leaves, prints out all the reservation cards from the reservations DB, and then walking inside the train distributes all the cards for the reserved seats folding them inside the corresponding plastic holder. This is inefficient, time and resources consuming, problems prone. Sometimes it occurs that the reservation cards are not present at all or have been partially distributed due to train assembling delay, problems in the printing or in the distribution.

    Discolsed is a system to provide a smart distribution of the seat reservations based on the wireless LAN technologies. The reservations are stored in a main DB. The reservations could be pulled out from the DB, distributed via wireless connection to the train, and little LCD displays, in place of the card and card holder previously used, will be updated showing the reservation info,.

    The seat reservations are stored in a central DB, time by time from the distributed ticket offices. Also in another DB is stored train info like, time schedule, track number, and departure time.

    Once a new train is ready on a track (let say half an hour before the departure from the originating station), an agent automatically access the reservations DB, pulling out the reservation info for that train. From the movement DB it pulls out the track info for the same train.

    Once the train arrives on o departure track, the internal train agent is notified and reconfigured with its destination address (ex. the address could be the track number along with the train number), and the communication could be established.

    The central agent builds several frames (Fig. 3) having as destination address the train, which...