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Final Year Project. ICT. System's Design.

DarrylJohn Avatar
6y, 3d agoPosted 6 years, 3 days ago
Ok, so I have a final year project - and while I've a few solutions to my problem, I need more ideas thinking outside the box.

The issue is, certain cinema's have an issue with cinema hopping, namely cineworld. E.G - Person A buys 1 ticket, and then once Person A has gone past the initial person who tells them what screen it is, they can go to another screen (or once the film has finished for that matter) - which the company wouldnt know unless it's sold out (which delays the screening as they then check everyone has tickets).

I know of odeons system, but I can't just use that, although it is another solution to talk about.

I mean, yeah.. extra people on each specific screen would obviously do the job to an extent, but its more money in the longer run, but I mean in terms of technology, think of the system as a whole.

All it needs to do for now, is prevent people from accessing the screen's without tickets - but don't think along the lines of a manned door

BTW, the reason I am not forwarding my idea's is so that people who do help, are not thinking along the same lines as me

Any help will be appreciated, Cheers

EDIT:

Barcode Scanners ( Football Stadium type )
Turnstyle's
RFID Tag's ( I forgot to mention I'm wanting to improve it for cineworld card holders) - Card machine that actually aquires ticket's instead of waiting in queue's.
DarrylJohn Avatar
6y, 3d agoPosted 6 years, 3 days ago
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#1
bar code on tickets and bar code reader on doors, reads barcodes open doors to let you in !
banned#2
Turnstiles / train station type barriers.
#3
mightyimp76
bar code on tickets and bar code reader on doors, reads barcodes open doors to let you in !


Yep! I thought of that too. It's a pro for when the films started as noone can come in during it etc, but the problem is.. people who know other people, can then let people in regardless if they aint got a ticket - and turnstyles aint very professional looking to have in a cinema. - still an improvement to what they have got at the moment though. - which is what i set out to do.

Great idea in principle.

Edited By: DarrylJohn on Dec 05, 2010 17:28
#4
Is it really a problem?

Everyone past the "gatekeeper" has paid at least something, the odd person might jump into another screen, but unless its full then no problem surely. Why not just post staff on the door of a full screening?

Other options:

one gatekeeper, then multiple "lanes" (queuing system) one for each screen

electronic control for the door - or turnstile for each screen, would need to install for each door, access could be through a barcode printed on the customers tickets, would also allow access for tickets printed at home. Potential problems would be checking for under age customers
banned#5
Also. In a cinema near me, you enter through one door and exit through a different, leading down a corridor and back to the foyer.
But I think that's down to bad planning/architecture.


Edited By: vlj on Dec 05, 2010 17:32
#6
wobinb
Is it really a problem?

Everyone past the "gatekeeper" has paid at least something, the odd person might jump into another screen, but unless its full then no problem surely. Why not just post staff on the door of a full screening?

Other options:

one gatekeeper, then multiple "lanes" (queuing system) one for each screen

electronic control for the door - or turnstile for each screen, would need to install for each door, access could be through a barcode printed on the customers tickets, would also allow access for tickets printed at home. Potential problems would be checking for under age customers


Well, it's in the area i've been studying, so its a perfect little problem for me. The seperate exit is a good idea too.

ATM, age is an issue.. as children can easily cinema hop, to see an 18.. All sorts of implications for the cinema, surely?
#7
some airports employ one-way security doors, like a two sets of automatic doors. Maybe something similar with a barcode reader between the two doors
#8
tube style turnstyles, if it ain't valid, you ain't coming through! it's the only 'all-in' technological solution I can think of that won't hold people up. Now whether this is done with a paper ticket or oyster card system.....that's for you to decide :{
#9
what about putting RFID tags in the 3D glasses? they could open the doors, a la oyster
#10
Odeon have a seating system, so when you buy a ticket you sit in the seat thats on the ticket. So if the cinema sold out, they would know straight away who shouldnt be sitting where. So the delay is so much quicker..(Obviously, they would still have issues with hopping i would imagine - but its a slight improvement to what cineworld have)

Edit:

Bar code readers with a detector of people going past the door might help, to keep count on the amount of people in the screen. So during, if 1 person goes in... and 2 cross path's with the detector - an alert will be brought up. Possibly.

Edited By: DarrylJohn on Dec 05, 2010 17:46
#11
Odeon system does make sense in most ways
Still struggling to see how this can be done, IT wise, sorry
There is no replacement for a human, especially in the example of a child as someone said, sneaking into an 18. A bar code system would mean electrically limited doors which means, doors could be one way only, hence someone leaves for the loo, mid film and someone sneaks in as they do........
#12
Bar coded access and computer guided laser death rays as a deterrent.
#13
boydent999
Odeon system does make sense in most ways
Still struggling to see how this can be done, IT wise, sorry
There is no replacement for a human, especially in the example of a child as someone said, sneaking into an 18. A bar code system would mean electrically limited doors which means, doors could be one way only, hence someone leaves for the loo, mid film and someone sneaks in as they do........


Yeah, I've said in my project specification that my aim is to improve on what they already have. The solutions mentioned all do that. It's just a case of having one that make's sense. I need to weigh up all solutions, and somehow reach a word count of 10,000 words. This will include system diagram's etc too though.
1 Like #14
With RFI you have logistical problems as well as privacy issues like location tracking and you can't just print them out like a ticket. The barcode/ turnstile solution looks attractive but as people have said you need separate exit/entrance as everyone leaves at once, problem is it's turnstiles aren't nice to use and may put people off as well as various legislation problems like fire safety/Health and safety and discrimination laws like disabled access etc
#15
Lol.. In terms of business yeah.
2 Likes #16
An expensive idea, but...

My local Cineworld has fold out seats. So instead of a barcode reader on the door, what about a barcode reader on each seat. You scan the ticket, and it allows the seat to fold out (i.e. allowing you to sit down). If you go to the toilet, you take your ticket with you, and re-scan it when you come back.

Each ticket would only work with one screen and each ticket would only work with one seat, meaning the ticket could not allow two chairs to unfold at the same time.

This would be a very expensive system to implement though, as each seat would need a connected barcode reader.
#17
Big Ricks on all doors
#18
spic
An expensive idea, but...

My local Cineworld has fold out seats. So instead of a barcode reader on the door, what about a barcode reader on each seat. You scan the ticket, and it allows the seat to fold out (i.e. allowing you to sit down). If you go to the toilet, you take your ticket with you, and re-scan it when you come back.

Each ticket would only work with one screen and each ticket would only work with one seat, meaning the ticket could not allow two chairs to unfold at the same time.

This would be a very expensive system to implement though, as each seat would need a connected barcode reader.


Expensiveness has no meaning here. It's a solution, also gives me something else to talk about :).. My target is around 8-10 different solutions.

It's all helpful!

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