Smartphones, Biometrics And Putting A Man On The Moon. The New Check-in Paradigm.

By Hélène Dubos | Trends & Innovation

Sep 27
airplane moon

Your smartphone could put a man on the moon. So passenger check-in should be a breeze.

You might have read somewhere that today’s smartphones are massively more powerful than all the processing power NASA had at its disposal to put a man on the moon in 1969.

An interesting article by ZME science (link below) details how your phone has many times more processing power than the earth-bound $3.5 million IBM System/360 that NASA employed at the time. And even a modern toaster has more processing power than on-board 64Kb Apollo Guidance Computer that Apollo 12 and 13 astronauts used to fine-tune their moon landing.

What’s the point of mentioning this? Well, it’s just to underline the point that if your phone is more than capable of putting a person on the moon … it should be able to easily handle putting a passenger on an airplane.

“One airline reported boarding 90% of passengers in seven minutes.”

Innovations like SITA self-boarding gates – which are part of the larger SITA Smart PathTM (links below) – initiative can help airports to equip themselves for tomorrow’s ‘self service’ passengers.

And why not? According to SITA research, over 83% of adult passengers carry a smartphone with them, and an increasing number of airline passengers are using apps to manage their travel experience.

It’s a global phenomenon. An article by Australian Business Traveller (link below) quoted a SITA spokersperson saying that self-boarding gates: “significantly reduce the time it takes to board passengers”. The article went on to quote SITA as saying: “one airline reported boarding 90% of passengers in seven minutes. This also helps optimise airline resources and staff could then focus on passengers who require particular attention.”

SITA self-boarding gates are just one example of how airports and airlines can collaborate to give passengers a seamless experience, right from booking the ticket to the moment they board the aircraft. The IATA FAST initiative is another technology-driven approach to mobilizing airline passengers and airport customers.

But of course whether you choose IATA or SITA, or other vendors, there’s a lot of process engineering, APIs and integration needed to enable airports and their airline customers work in harmony.

Conztanz consulting for airport and airline smartphone check-in solutions.

Conztanz specializes in helping airlines and airports to leverage data-driven opportunities.

We are happy to help companies to implement solutions from organizations like Amadeus, Sabre and SITA, or standards from IATA.

And we also have a variety of data-driven options to help airlines meet a wider range of challenges at the same time as they achieve their app-related goals. Topics of interest on our website include:

ConztanzOne unlocks data from multiple systems for airlines.
Conztanz PNR consulting delivers EU security compliance.
Conztanz PSS implementation for growing airlines.
Conztanz and IATA FAST mobile self-service.

If you’re an airport looking to install initiatives like self check-in and automated baggage check-in — or you’re an airline who wants to link your app ecosystem to those assets — Conztanz can help reduce your time to market.

Research sources for airline self check-in technology consulting.

Your smartphone is millions of times more powerful that all of NASA’s combined computing in 1969.ZME Science.
http://www.zmescience.com/research/technology/smartphone-power-compared-to-apollo-432/

SITA self boarding gates.
https://www.sita.aero/solutions-and-services/products/airport-self-service-gates

SITA Smart Path.
https://www.sita.aero/solutions-and-services/solutions/sita-smart-path

Brisbane Airport trials automated boarding gates.
Australian Business Traveller.
http://www.ausbt.com.au/brisbane-airport-trials-automated-boarding-gates

Airline check-in migrating from the kiosk to the mobile phone.
Sydney Morning Herald.
http://www.smh.com.au/business/aviation/airline-checkin-migrating-from-the-kiosk-to-the-mobile-phone-20160308-gne1zs.html