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Self Service Ticketing System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000083800D
Original Publication Date: 1975-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-01
Document File: 3 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Palmer, BI: AUTHOR

Abstract

The drawing which is a passenger's view of a railway station platform barrier, shows train 1 beyond the platform entrance. Over the platform entrance is display 2 which displays information, such as the train number and its destination. Intermediate stations may also be shown. Gate 3 operated by control 4 prevents access to the platform unless a valid ticket is presented to ticket slot 5.

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Self Service Ticketing System

The drawing which is a passenger's view of a railway station platform barrier, shows train 1 beyond the platform entrance.

Over the platform entrance is display 2 which displays information, such as the train number and its destination. Intermediate stations may also be shown. Gate 3 operated by control 4 prevents access to the platform unless a valid ticket is presented to ticket slot 5.

Located in some convenient position, for example beside the platform entrance, is self-service ticketing terminal 6. Terminal 6 may be connected to a remote computer, or it may contain sufficient logic and data storage to perform its function.

Terminal 6 includes instruction/display area 7 and money acceptor 8, which accepts banknotes and coins and dispenses change. Instruction/ display area 7 is linked to display 2 so that the information they display relates to the train awaiting departure. Key buttons 9 are associated with display area 7.

The system will be described with reference to the action to be performed by a traveller who wishes to journey on train A103 and who has no ticket. He would proceed to terminal 6 and after checking whether the displayed information related to train A103, would enter into the terminal details such as class of ticket, single or return, period of validity, adult or child, and destination.

The price of the desired ticket would be displayed and after depositing appropriate funds in cash acceptor 8, terminal 6 will issue a ticket through slot
10. Money acceptor 8 can be arranged to dispense change or it can be arranged only to accept the exact fare, in which case money changers may be located near the terminal.

Upon receiving the ticket which will have encoded thereon (normally magnetically as well as visi...