Thursday, December 8

Kolkata: Smart paper tickets for Eco Park

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The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has introduced smart paper tickets for entry into Eco Park. The QR-coded tickets, to be soon available online, becomes invalid after use.

The smart paper ticket has been introduced in place of plastic RFID cards as pilot scheme at gate number 3 near the sweets hub to solve two problems that the authorities encountered. First, thousands of cards deposited in the slots at the gate had to be physically extracted and transported back to the ticket counters for reuse. In summer, the Eco Park receives around 7,500 visitors and in winter, around 35,000. During winter holidays, the crowd swells to 65,000.

Second, the cost of RFID card being more than the entry fee, misplacing of RFID cards led to revenue loss. The printed ticket, on the other hand, is cheap.

A photo sensor installed at the gate reads the unique QR code printed on each ticket to allow the person to enter. Thereafter, the ticket becomes invalid, preventing reuse.

“The printed ticket will be valid only for 30 minutes from the time of issue and once scanned, the ticket becomes invalid,” said an official.

The new tickets can also be booked online in advance. Visitors can take a print out of the booked ticket or show the booking confirmation on the phone at the counter to get a printed ticket.

Officials said that QR code scan time at the gate need to be reduced to ensure that there is no logjam at the gate during rush days like Christmas and New Year’s eve as well as New Year’s day.

Source: The Times of India

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