Technology Companies Combine Forces to Offer the First Ever Online Ticketing System for Transport Corporations in India

 

Rockville, Md. – May 22, 2006 – Jinfonet, the leader in embedded reporting solutions for Java applications, and Radiant Infosystems, a leading information technology consulting, development and training company, announced today that the companies have partnered to offer an online public transportation ticketing service for the first time ever in Karnataka, India. In fact, the new solution will be the first online public road transportation ticketing service in the country.

Radiant Infosystems, in collaboration with IBM and Bharat Electronics Ltd., has implemented a Web-based ticketing portal application that enables commuters to inquire about bus routes, view bus schedules and book advance travel tickets off the Internet from anywhere to anywhere in South India. AWATAR, the ‘Anywhere Anytime Advanced Reservation’ system, aims to bring more convenience and value-added services to the brick-and-mortar ticket reservation facilities offered by the state’s road transport department to its customers. Previously customers had to book tickets at Karnataka State Road Transportation Corporation (KSRTC) outlets or its authorized franchisees only, which were linked by point-to-point connection. This often resulted in delays and inconsistent service levels to customers.

In addition to providing convenience to bus riders, the KSRTC provides better visibility into the number of riders on its many routes. By including Jinfonet’s JReport offering in the solution Radiant Infosystems has built, the state will be able to run reports about online reservations for 4,000 buses used by 2.2 million passengers on a daily basis.

In order to provide the appropriate reporting solution for the ticketing system, Radiant Infosystems replaced Crystal Reports with JReport. JReport is built with a 100 percent Java architecture, which makes it easy to embed directly into the Radiant Infosystems application. JReport facilitates online printing of “trip sheets” that contain and store all information pertaining to the bus routes. These sheets include detailed information about the route such as date of the journey, the drivers’ names, bus numbers, time of departure, origin and destination, and the number of passengers. This allows KSRTC to better plan routes to effectively support its riders.

JReport’s dynamic HTML (DHTML) functionality allows Radiant Infosystems to produce these detailed reports and graphs for planning on a daily, hourly or minute-by-minute basis. JReport enables easy access to operational data from disparate data sources in real time, facilitating faster and better decision-making process.

“JReport is the reporting tool of choice as it provided us with critical data regarding bus routes via the Web with self-service reporting and printing,” said Abi .V. John, head of business development for Radiant Infosystems. “The State of Karnataka will be able to better plan and adjust bus routes and frequencies based upon the information the reports will provide. This new system will be a major step towards helping Karnataka achieve better efficiencies in its public transportation system.”

As a sign of the importance of this new system for India, the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shree H.D. Kumaraswamy, was present for the launch of the AWATAR travel reservation system on April 29, 2006. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Narayan Charyulu, Director, Radiant Infosystems said, “The Anywhere Anytime ticket reservation system virtualizes the services of the KSRTC by enabling passengers to experience a whole range of travel and ticketing services at their doorstep. All that is needed is an Internet connection for a user to experience a truly world-class travel reservation solution. Now that the system has been implemented successfully in Karnataka, Radiant Infosystems will proceed with similar projects in other states.”

“This is an exciting time for us to be a part of Radiant Infosystems’ grand plan of providing online bus ticketing services,” said Fred Richards, vice president for Jinfonet. “Together we’re creating history as we plan to extend similar services to other states in India.”

JReport provides the scalability to print hundreds of reports in a variety of enterprise business formats, including email, Excel, PDF, RTF and PostScript.

About Jinfonet
Rockville, Maryland based Jinfonet Software is the leading provider of embedded reporting solutions for enterprise applications. JReport, the company’s flagship product, is a 100% Java-based reporting solution that includes a report development environment and that can embed seamlessly into any Java application, leverages J2EE standards, and delivers actionable reports via the web. Key features include a rich set of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) for integrating any level of reporting functionality into an application, the ability to access any enterprise data source, built-in security with single sign-on capabilities, and the ability to scale through multiple CPUs or clustered servers to meet growing reporting needs. JReport’s intuitive design and deployment tools make report creation, review, on-the-fly modification and distribution fast and easy. JReport is in its 7th release cycle and is employed by millions of end-users at more than 900 companies worldwide. More information on Jinfonet Software and JReport is available online at www.jinfonet.com.

About Radiant Infosystems
Radiant Infosystems, Inc. is a leading information technology consulting, development and training company. Radiant is one of the fastest growing organizations in U.S. and for the second time in a row, was recently awarded the New Jersey Finest Company Award. Radiant has won several other awards like 40 under 40, NJ Technology Fast 50 etc. Radiant’s practices are: IT consulting services; IT staff augmentation; software services: developing software projects and products; Radiant computer training; and providing corporate computer training. The company has major Fortune 500 organizations in its client list, which is growing rapidly. The company is privately owned and is headquartered in South Plainfield, New Jersey. Visit Radiant’s offshore development center Web site at www.radiantinfo.com.