Indian Railways launched bar coding system for unreserved tickets

Mar 1, 2016 17:08 IST

Indian Railways on 1 March 2016 launched bar coding system for unreserved tickets to bring transparency and prevent revenue leakage in the ticketing system in New Delhi.

The project will be introduced at nine ticket counters in the stations of New Delhi, Old Delhi and Nizamuddin as a pilot project.

The system will prevent the circulation of unauthorised tickets which are affecting the railways’ revenue.

As per the decision of Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), the encrypted Quick Response (QR) Code on the unreserved tickets would be printed through thermal printers.

Bar Code Technology

The bar coding feature includes details like ticket number, stock number, fare, source station, destination station, number of adults, number of children, train type, class code and date of journey, that are printed in the form of encrypted QR code.

In this technology, the printing can be done through thermal printer on thermal stationery alone. Therefore, fraud by taking out carbon copy of the ticket or erasing of data and printing of other information on it will be detected by scanning its QR.

Whenever the Staff inspects the tickets, they could scan the encrypted QR code and validate the information printed on the ticket to prevent any fraud.

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