Railways worldwide are increasingly using mobile ticketing--enabling passengers to purchase and board trains using their smartphones and tablets.
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There is an increasing public expectation that the mobile device, having moved on in recent years from the good old Gran Vals ringtone to a number of rather more sophisticated applications, can be used as an interface for pretty much all activities in everyday life. This expectation becomes stronger as more and more activities fall within its remit; so much so that when our expectation is not fulfilled, we feel aggrieved: if it can't do that, then it should; why can't it? And so on.
The number of smartphone users who use their devices for mobile ticketing is forecast by Juniper Research to double by 2018, reaching close to 1 billion users by then.