Upgrading an Old and Troubled System

by Katheryn T
The article I read about talked about the trouble that China has in the railway system, specifically the Ministry of Railway and the Long-distance Passenger Transport. There is a serious problem with the passenger line flow due to the amount of people. The existing phone lines and web network that is used for the ticketing system has many disadvantages for users. The solution would be a client/server framework-based ticking system that would use 2-D barcodes on mobile phones. The system would be split up into four different modules: client terminal subsystem, data communication module, server termail subsystem, and database system.The client terminal subsystem is developed on the Google Android platform and will run on the customers mobile device. The data communication module “exists between the server terminal and client terminal, providing data communication protocols and data encryption algorithm” (Li, et al., 2010).  The server terminal subsystem will respond to the client terminal subsystem’s requests. The last module is the database system which will hold all the information about the trains, tickets, and booking records.

This article relates to class because it shows what businesses are doing to utilize the client/server systems. There was a problem in the business so they used technology to fix it. This is a practical application of what we are learning. With the skills we learn about with client and servers, we can better a business like these people have proposed.

I thought that this was a good article because it takes a problem in the real world and poses a solution that not only fixes the issue, but keeps the department/business up to date. I feel like it was very well thought out. Although the idea has been used plenty of times before, it is good to see everyone following the same technology.

Li, D., Wang, Y., Hu, L., Li, J., Guo, X., Lin, J., & Liu, J. (2010). Client/Server Framwork-Based Passenger Line Ticket System Using 2-D Barcode on Mobile Phone. E-Business and E-Government (ICEE), 2010 International Conference on, 97-100.

3 thoughts on “Upgrading an Old and Troubled System

  • November 18, 2012 at 10:42 pm
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    It definitely could speed things up! As with most business solutions however, there are pro’s and con’s. The con I see here would involve those customers who do not have a mobile phone. I wonder if they kept the old system up and running concurrently to fulfill the needs of all the customers and monitored the usage before making the decision to fully switch? It would be interesting to see if this fixed their problems.

    Nice article!

  • November 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm
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    Considering how China tops the list of the the most technological countries, I’m surprised they have not implemented a more advanced system regarding passenger trains. I feel that many applications today now requires the use of a client/server architecture to successfully and efficiency handle data communications.

  • November 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm
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    Good post. The idea of adding this functionality to their smartphones seems interesting, but I can see problems with those who don’t have one. Regardless, I liked reading about how they’re using a client/server framework to solve their problem. The diagram also helped visualize the concept. Thanks for the post.

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