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ixigo launches PNR prediction feature for trains

Mobile
travel marketplace ixigo has launched a PNR prediction feature for train
travellers. ixigo’s popular train information application with over 1.5 million
monthly active users, “ixigo trains & hotels”, will now get PNR
confirmation predictions in addition to the travel information, search &
planning tools for train travellers.

Mobile
travel marketplace ixigo has launched a PNR prediction feature for train
travellers. ixigo’s popular train information application with over 1.5 million
monthly active users, “ixigo trains & hotels”, will now get PNR
confirmation predictions in addition to the travel information, search &
planning tools for train travellers.

For
any given train’s wait-listed status, ixigo is now able to show the near
accurate probability with which the ticket will confirm, so that travellers may
decide whether or not to book a waitlisted ticket. PNR prediction feature also
shows the probability of getting your ticket confirmed if already booked and
solves a huge pain area for millions of daily train travellers. Ixigo claims
that its trains & hotels app gives more accurate PNR prediction than other
such services since ixigo has mined data from over 10 million PNRs over the
last two years. 

Talking
about the new feature, Rajnish Kumar, Co­Founder & CTO said, “ixigo has
always believed in simplifying the lives of travelers and one of the pain areas
we wished to solve was to make it easier for train travelers to decide whether
they should book a waitlisted seat / berth on a train or not. Over 50,000 PNR
status checks and nearly 200,000 train information requests are done on our app
every day. This was an interesting big data project and we are happy with the
outcome.  Our machine learning algorithms
will keep improving the accuracy of the system with every new train PNR tracked
inside our apps. We expect to go from the current 90% accuracy to 95% accuracy
pretty quickly.”

In
addition to PNR prediction, ixigo’s trains & hotels app already
incorporates several innovative features such as budget hotel bookings, cab
bookings, packages, station alarms, platform numbers and coach positions of
trains. ixigo’s unbundled apps for all travel use cases have now exceeded 5
million app downloads, making them the most downloaded travel search &
planning apps in India. In a significant boost for ixigo’s mobile strategy,
Micromax has recently made a strategic investment in the business.

Launched
in 2007 in Delhi-NCR by Aloke Bajpai and Rajnish Kumar, ixigo claims to connect
over 60 million travellers with content & deals from over 25,000 online
& offline travel & hospitality businesses. The company aggregates and compares
real-time travel information, prices & availability for flights, trains,
buses, cabs, hotels, packages & destinations.

 

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