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Taiwan Station Uses QR Codes to Help Passengers Download Train Timetables


When it comes to new technology, the transportation industry seems to be among the first ones to adopt. So it should no longer be any wonder why most QR code campaigns can be spotted in subways, train stations, and bus shelters.

The reason for this is rather obvious: the commuting public is one of the most diverse of markets. And among this diversified commuters are the those who are tech-savvy, as well as those who value convenience and quick solutions for their busy, fast-paced lives.

Quick Response codes in train stations are becoming more and more of a common fixture. Another one train station, albeit one in Taiwan, is the latest to use and adopt QR code technology to give added convenience to passengers.

The Taiwan Railway Administration’s Hsinchu station recently unveiled a service which allows its passengers to download the train timetables into their smartphones through QR codes. QR codes are displayed next to the trains timetable as well as a map of the Liuchia and Neiwan railway branch lines.

By scanning the code, passengers are taken to the Hsinchu station website where they can get all the information they need. Through the site, passengers will get to learn more about the Hsinchu station and they can also get more information about tourist spots in the Hsinchu County.

True, a timetable is already displayed at the station, but passengers can still forget about boarding times, train schedules and the like. And while other passengers write these information down on paper, they can still possibly lose it.

QR codes are not exactly new to Taiwan’s railway industry. In 2011, the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp applied QR codes into its mobile ticket-booking solution or app, thus allowing passengers to get through the ticket gates using only their mobile phones. Passengers obtain the QR codes after they book train tickets using their mobile devices. Then they can access the platforms when they have the QR code scanned.

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