The brand new GPRS enabled Electronic Ticketing Machine (ETM) from the company QUANTUM AEON will start using by Kerala RTC from August. Trivandrum Central Depot was selected for the new ETM introduction from August 15 and the whole depots will expect to be covered within three months, Mr. Sreekumar, Manager Accounts, in-charge of EDPC, KSRTC told to the keralartcblog.
The new GPRS enabled ETM contains a GSM SIM card with 2G connection and will send the ticket details, collection details, ETM technical details such as battery charge problems, keypad complaints if any to the Central Server at Head office in every seconds. Number of passengers, number of vacant seats, location of the bus (ETM) through GOOGLE MAP and even speed of the bus also will send to the Central server. Any authorized official can watch all the buses, all buses of a particular type (eg.ALL SUPER FAST buses) or single bus and its above mentioned details, from a internet browser on his desktop, laptop or mobile.
This ETM will accept passes and concession cards in smart card format ie. Conductor need not enter the pass details like number, type etc. Just swipe and ETM will take all the data and will check even the validity of pass within 3 seconds.