Now, buy NMMT ticket us­ing your smart­phone

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

Re­new­ing your bus pass or buy­ing a ticket just got eas­ier.

In a bid to im­prove travel, the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port (NMMT) started the Au­to­matic Fare Col­lec­tions Sys­tems for com­muters.

The au­thor­i­ties have launched a mo­bile-based tick­et­ing so­lu­tion for tick­ets and passes.

This will be a great re­lief for the thou­sands of com­muters trav­el­ling daily by the mu­nic­i­pal buses.

The so­lu­tion is based on a mo­bile app which com­muters can down­load and use it for pur­chas­ing sin­gle/ mul­ti­ple tick­ets and passes any­where be­fore the jour­ney.

The NMMT has first started the sys­tem on route num­ber 105, Ban­dra rail­way sta­tion (West) via BKC to CBD Belapur. It will later add more routes to the sys­tem. The ap­pli­ca­tion has a pay­ment gate­way in­te­gra­tion, which en­ables real-time pay­ments.

A ma­jor re­lief comes for stu­dents and monthly pass seek­ers as get­ting passes be­comes to­tally dig­i­tal.

The re­quired doc­u­ments can be eas­ily up­loaded and ver­i­fied as well as ap­proved by the NMMT of­fi­cials on­line it­self and thus sav­ing the phys­i­cal pa­per work. Also the pass and ticket ex­ten­sions / reval­i­da­tion now be­comes non rel­e­vant as the tick­ets and passes would be dig­i­tally gen­er­ated.

Leena Joseph, CTO of Aeon Soft­ware Pvt. Ltd, said “We are de­lighted to de­velop a mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion for NMMT com­muters. Un­der Trans­port RT, we are plan­ning to pro­vide a range of real- time ap­pli­ca­tion ser­vices for pub­lic trans­port com­muters, of which NMMT RT is the first ini­tia­tive.”

Joseph said, “The so­lu­tion has been built on se­cured com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­niques with a real time au­then­ti­ca­tion via One Time Pass­word (OTP) for trans­ac­tion ver­i­fi­ca­tion.”

Aeon Soft­ware Pvt Ltd is de­vel­op­ing and test­ing var­i­ous other op­tions to fa­cil­i­tate the pay­ment pro­cesses both for the com­muters and the trans­port au­thor­i­ties and would be launch­ing soon un­der Trans­port RT.

NMMT chair­man Sabu Daniel said, “We are in­tro­duc­ing many cus­tomer-friendly ini­tia­tives as we be­lieve in ex­ten­sive use of tech­nol­ogy for the op­er­a­tions and en­hanc­ing com­muter sat­is­fac­tion.”

SV Pat­ti­war, ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner (ser­vices), said, “Keep­ing in line with our en­deavor to pro­vide ut­most sat­is­fac­tion to the com­muters, we feel that such ini­tia­tives would help the un­der­tak­ing to be in pace with the tech­nol­ogy.”

The move will save time for com­muters as well as con­duc­tors.

Shirish Arad­wad, gen­eral man­ager of NMMT, said: “The so­lu­tion would help the com­muters and our staff alike to solve the “change” is­sue which at times be­comes very crit­i­cal.”

“It will also re­duce the bur­den on our ticket and cash depart­ment staff and en­able us a real-time ticket sold data. The man­ual reval­i­da­tion and ver­i­fi­ca­tion process, which is cur­rently re­quired for cer­tain tick­ets and passes would no longer be re­quired,” Arad­wad added.

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