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.
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 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.
Your smartphone is millions of times more powerful that all of NASA’s combined computing in 1969.ZME Science.
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.