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Smart ticketing system is buzzing the transportation world. The Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) too is looking for a technological solution which can enhance their current scenario. For checking revenue leakage to setting up of e-vigilance mechanism, ASTC has invited bids from private players to install a smart ticketing system for the service.

Using smart ticketing system, ASTC will issue smart cards to its regular customers, and classify them depending on the membership fee.

“We are preparing to install smart ticketing machines which will have GPS plus other facilities and will be linked to bank gateways. People can use any kind of swipe cards to purchase the tickets. They also can use the cards to be delivered by the corporation through which they will get some rebate,” ASTC MD Anand Prakash Tiwari told the news daily-The Assam Tribune.

Under this new system, passengers will get an SMS as well as a print tickets. The ASTC cards will also have prepaid recharge options. For e-vigilance, ASTC is exploring the options of RFID (radio frequency identification) or analogue camera-based systems.

“The systems will be fitted in the buses and will be connected to the ticketing system and a central server. They will be able to count the passes which have been tagged. The total amount will be based on a unique identification number,” Tiwari said.

About ten to twelve companies have shown interest to tie up with ASTC in the initiative. The deal will be finalized by July-end after the firms make their presentations. The ASTC is likely to give around 120 days to the selected companies to implement the project.

“There will be a revenue sharing model. We will give a period to the company to cover their investment and another to get some profit. The third stage will be AMC (annual maintenance contract),” Tiwari said.

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