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iPhones Replace Ticket Punchers On Amtrak Trains

The corporation responsible for overseeing US railroad services, Amtrak, is launching an iPhone program. Since last November, the government-owned company has training its 1,700 conductors to use iPhones as service tools.

By the end of this summer, the program will be fully deployed. The train conductors will be using Apple's handsets as a fully functional electronic ticket checker.

The system will prove convenient not only for Amtrak employees, but also for passengers. The passengers will be given the option to print their tickets, but this will not be compulsory.

They will also be able to load the special barcode on their smartphone screen and the conductor's iPhone will scan it, meaning this digitised check-in process will allow train conductors to keep track of their passengers much more easily.

"When it was all a manual system there was a lot of guesswork involved," said Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority.

The iPhone has since become the service tool of choice, after iPads helped pilots and doctors in their work.

Source: NY Times

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