Blockchain technology as a mechanism for digital railway ticketing

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This paper introduces a novel digital ticketing platform using blockchain technology. Taking in a number of considerations by observing legacy ticketing systems and existing attempts at digital ticketing, we make use of IBM’s Hyperledger Fabric framework to design an architecture that distributes the tickets across all participating organisations. We note the potential benefits this platform has. Governing organisations maintain their right to set the rules of the platform and access the data to generate statistics. Vending organisations share access to the same underlying tickets whilst preserving competition. The platform offers passengers a variety of ways to pay for and access their tickets, using a combination of legacy and modern methods. Furthermore, we note the platform has the potential to eradicate paper ticketing and surplus voucher cards.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (Big Data)
PublisherIEEE Xplore
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-0858-2, 978-1-7281-0857-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-0859-9
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2020
Event2019 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (Big Data) - Westin Bonaventure Hotel, 404 South Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071, United States, Los Angeles, United States
Duration: 9 Dec 201912 Dec 2019


Conference2019 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (Big Data)
Abbreviated titleBigData 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Internet address


  • architecture
  • blockchain
  • hyperledger
  • railway
  • ticketing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management


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