Mobile Ticketing is Taking the Global Market by Storm
2018-11-07 11:34 Wednesday
Traditional paper tickets are dominant in most of the world, but many countries have launched mobile ticketing services, meaning that users have access to increasingly convenient services.
Indian Railways has introduced a new mobile application that will help travelers in booking and cancelling tickets. The app, named 'UTS on Mobile', will be available for free on both Android and Windows platforms. Passengers using the UTS mobile app can travel without having to purchase a physical train ticket. During the journey, the passenger can show his or her digital ticket to the ticket checker.
Residents of the Indian city Ludhiana can buy parking tickets before leaving from home, as municipal authorities are promoting a mobile application that issues parking tickets to residents, known as Finlo. Residents will be able to book tickets in advance, which they can then show to the contractor after reaching the parking area. The main aim is to address complaints of overcharging by private contractors in parking lots. The payments are transferred to the contractors' merchant accounts through PayTM.
Bus passengers in the UK's Manchester area can now pay for their tickets using contactless methods, using bank cards or mobile payments, across all First Greater Manchester vehicles. The revolution from cash to 'digital' payments has had a significant impact on boarding times, which has helped to speed up bus journeys. For customers looking for even more convenient ways to buy bus tickets, digital bus tickets can be purchased in advance of boarding the bus and are cheaper than buying a ticket directly from the driver.
The Maryland Transit Administration has implemented a ticketing scheme through "CharmPass", a mobile app that allows transit riders to purchase tickets and passes for buses, light rail, and subway lines with a smartphone.
Due to the involvement of leading technology companies and financial institutions, mobile payments have reinvented the consumers experience, and are expected to achieve greater exposure in the near future.