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.
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 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.
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.