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Smartphone-Based Train Tickets Pulling Into Boston
It should be beyond clear at this point that smartphones are anything but a fad because having internet access in your pocket opens a lot of doors to make life easier . Such is the case with the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, who will be taking advantage of mobile internet this Fall.
Massabi, a company with vast experience in ticketing systems, has announced that they will be working with the MBTA on a smartphone app for the big three operating systems (iOS, Android and Blackberry) that will let riders get their tickets right from their smartphone with the device showing a barcode for the crew to scan. The app is going to be tested over the summer and should launch in the Fall, becoming the first system of its kind in the United States. By going mobile, the MBTA hopes to make its operations more efficient because it is currently struggling with a huge 180 million dollar deficit. This is also good for the environment because it reduces the need for paper.
Even though there are still a lot of people who understandably see a cellphone as something to just make calls. Despite that, more organizations are sure to follow MBTA and take advantage of mobile technology in the near future. With that in mind, how long could it be until a smartphone with mobile internet becomes as common as a TV or a PC. How much longer until they replace them completely ?
By Denis Ivanov
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