Ticket Management Systems

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Date: 2012-07-30

Ticket Management Systems

Ticket Management System Ticket management systems automate, centralize, and streamline the ticket management process. On board memory allows ticket management systems to retrieve, store and collect data. Printers allow for printing of tickets, cameras can grab images, and card readers or barcode scanners can grant access to cardholders. Cellular modems can bring local data back to a central system over the internet using the cellular network. Controllers can help automate the ticket process since they can implement control logic. The controller can allow users to scan their card or ticket with a card reader or barcode scanner. An IP camera attached to one of the controllers Ethernet ports can grab the user’s image which can be stored in the local database in the controller. The controller can look up the card holder’s information in the database and print out a ticket or receipt as needed. The data can get sent periodically back to an administrative center over the cellular network with a cellular modem.

Linux based Programmable Automation Controllers like LP-8441 have expandable Flash memory and come with a 1 GB microSD card for data storage.  They can implement the control logic for ticket management systems.  LP-8441 also has Ethernet, RS-232, RS-485 and USB ports for connecting to different devices.  The ports allow for retrieving data from a barcode scanner which can read a ticket or card reader data which can read a card which can allow access.  Linux PACs can also work with IP web cameras and can take images based on conditions like when a door opens, when a ticket is scanned or when a card is read.  They also have web, telnet, ssh and FTP servers for remote communication.  Administrators can access the LinPAC over a web page or can use an FTP client program to retrieve files.  Linux based LinPACs support operating temperatures from -25C to 75C so they can be installed in a wide range of environments like on buses and trains, or outside amusement parks and stadiums. 

Cellular modems like GTM-201-RS232 can allow controllers to send information like images, ticket data and card reader data back to an administrative center. Administrators can look up stadium or facility occupancy rates and bus passenger information and can adjust pricing or schedules in the future for better efficiency and performance. GTM-201 operates in temperatures from -25 to 55C so they can be used in a wide range of environments. They use a SIM card and a data plan from a cellular provider for communication.

Ticket management systems allow for automated, efficient and streamlined ticket servicing and can help improve ticket processing in the future.

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