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 onboard 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 spokesperson 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 optimize 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 to 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.

Your smartphone is millions of times more powerful than the Apollo 11 guidance computers

SITA self-boarding gates.

SITA Smart Path.

Brisbane Airport trials automated boarding gates.
Australian Business Traveller.

Airline check-in migrating from the kiosk to the mobile phone.
Sydney Morning Herald.