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Method and System for facilitating Ticketing Service on a Mobile Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000202408D
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-15
Document File: 4 page(s) / 157K

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Abstract

A method and system for facilitating Ticketing Service on a mobile device is disclosed. For example, a user of the mobile device is able to generate an unreserved ticket for travelling between a specified origin and a destination point. A ticket checker can validate this unreserved ticket to identify whether the ticket is expired or genuine.

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Method and System for facilitating Ticketing Service on a Mobile Device

Disclosed is a method and system for facilitating Ticketing Service on a mobile device. For instance, a user of the mobile device is able to generate an unreserved ticket for travelling between a specified origin and a destination point. An unreserved ticket does not contain a seat or a berth number. Further, the ticket does not indicate any train number or specific train service. The details indicated in the ticket includes, a class of travel, an origin station, a destination station and an indicative route for which the ticket is valid.

The system disclosed herein, provides an interface through which a user for example, a traveler can buy an unreserved ticket (hereinafter referred to as 'ticket') and a ticket checker can validate the ticket as illustrated in the figure. The interface may be, but not limited to a SMS based interface and a voice based interface. Considering the case of a SMS based interface, initially a short or a long code may be provided to a user. For example, a code given may be 567567. To buy the ticket, the user may send a SMS to the code provided. The SMS may include a station name or a code of the station and a destination station name or a code of the destination station. The station names may be separated by a comma or a space. For example, SMS may indicate the station details as: Dadar,Powai. A text mining tool may be employed to correct spellings and identify station names correctly. However, in case of any ambiguity in the station name, a valid station name may be sent to the user for confirmation.

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In an instance, if multiple travelers are travelling together, then a traveler buying the ticket may mention the number of traveler (i.e. Quantity) in the SMS. For example, if four travelers are travelling together from Dadar to Powai, then a SMS may include following details: Dadar,Powai 4. Upon receiving the request, the system validates the Source and Target Stations, Train schedule and availability, etc. If the request is a valid request, the system may then process the payment. To initiate the payment process, the system may call back the traveler for example, a voice call and provides various payment options to the traveler. The payment options may be for example, credit/debit card, prepaid vouchers, and direct debit.

Further if the traveler chooses a credit/debit card payment option, the traveler may enter the Credit/Debit card number. Then, the system gives an option to the traveler to store the card details on a server to reuse the same card for future bookings. If the traveler agrees to this option, the system prompts the traveler to enter a secret PIN for future authorization. The system then processes the payment and for future payments, the traveler is only required to enter the PIN. In this case, the card number need not be entered again until...