July 4, 2008

Firm’s Scan-Do Attitude to Cutting Flight Queues Phone Boarding Pass Set to Take Off


TECHNOLOGY developed by a Glasgow firm is set to revolutionise air travel.

Electronics Real Time has created mobile phone software which replaces the need for an airline ticket.

Its system can turn a passenger's details into a barcode boarding pass which is displayed on the phone's screen.

The screen can then be read by scanners which are used to recognise paperbased 'print at home' boarding cards.

The solution removes the need for passengers to carry any type of paper-based boarding pass, and means that passengers checking in at home, in hotels, or at conference centres no longer need to find a printer to produce their boarding pass.

And now UK airline bmi is about to trial the system.

Alastair Deacon, Real Time's technical director, explained: "The live testing of FirstPass is a groundbreaking development and means that during this trial period bmi passengers will always have their boarding passes available.

"Put simply, a passenger using FirstPass no longer needs to queue to check in, use a kiosk or even find a printer to print an online paper boarding pass. One MMS will give a passenger everything he/ she needs to board an aircraft via security with additional information displayed as text for inspection once on board."

"FirstPass also provides additional benefits such as sending passengers immediate flight updates to their mobiles or, for low cost carriers, delivery as a premium service to increases passenger revenues."

The system is to be piloted on bmi's domestic routes, including Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast, for three months.

If successful it will roll out across the bmi network.

David Menezes, bmi senior product and development manager, added: "We selected Real Time's FirstPass solution as the best implementation of the new International Air Transport Association boarding pass standards and the simplicity of the solution for our passengers. " Real Time has been working with the global airline standards body, IATA, over the last two years to develop the system.

The firm also developed the RT-Queue system which has been installed in some European airports.

It gives statistics on the number of people queuing by tracking passengers' Bluetooth signals.

Originally published by Newsquest Media Group.

(c) 2008 Evening Times; Glasgow (UK). Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.