Posts in the category "Travel Technology"

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Reasons for the Growing Importance of the Mobile Internet: Mobile Browser vs. App

The initially quoted report by whatech.com not just indicated that mobile internet usage was higher than internet access by desktop PCs, but that accessing the internet by use of mobile apps has exceeded both, stationary and mobile browser internet access.

This trend is not really surprising when looking at the amount of apps available on the two major app stores, Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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Reasons for the Growing Importance of the Mobile Internet: Daily Life and Travel

Welcome to a three part series on the growing importance of the Mobile Internet. The first part will focus on Mobile vs. Desktop Internet.

Looking at a recent report by whatech.com indicating that mobile Internet access has overtaken desktop Internet access for the U.S. the question arises of how big the impact of mobile Internet really is.Various sources have already reported this happening for countries like China and India. Continue reading 

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Customer Needs As A Scale Of Rating For Travel Technology – Not Vice Versa

Around $ 22.6 billion – is the estimated additional revenue in 2010 that airlines are generating by direct sales to passengers or additional trip-related services, the so-called ancillary services. An increase in the years to come is expected.

On the occasion of the PASS Travel Talk, Farelogix CEO, Jim Davidson pointed out the huge revenue that is possible, by unbundling flights into individual services to complement other services and then pricing these “modules”, such as Door-to-door baggage service, lounge access or jump-the-line. The customer receives and pays only what he wants – Click & Buy.

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Airports: Biometric Technology for Border Management

Given increased international travel, advanced identity fraud methods and technically sophisticated terrorist and criminals it is important that governments continue to expand investment in border technology. For the last years, biometric technology has increasingly been used when it comes to identity management.

Biometric identification started with e-passports which typically include a digital image of the face and mostly another biometric identifier like a finger print. Continue reading 

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Agent Desktop: Keyboard vs. Mouse

Agents do not want to give up the option of data entry and booking via the keyboard despite new graphical booking interfaces. The PASS graphical desktop interfaces for agents are designed for operation with and without a mouse.

Developments at Amadeus USA show the importance of taking agents’ usage habits into account in designing graphical interfaces: the company has postponed the rollout of its new “Amadeus One” agent desktop. Among other reasons, this was done because it became obvious that a graphical interface would be accepted by agents only if full operability was available via the keyboard. Continue reading 

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Our Top Five Augmented Reality Browsers for Travel

In response to a couple of latest opinions on and due to increasing interest in Augmented Reality (AR) in general this article sets out a list of recently launched applications which are already quite widespread and rejoice in a relatively broad user group.

Theoretically, all is ‘reality’ and all can be augmented with meta-data, but what is an understandable definition? Wikipedia (01/05/2010) defines Augmented Reality (AR) according to Paul Milgram and Fumio Kishino (1994) as “a continuum that spans from the real environment to a pure virtual environment”. Continue reading 

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Successful Travel Management with PASS Solutions

The PASS XX/1 transaction server offers access to all GDSs (Amadeus, Sabre, Abacus, Galileo/Apollo/Worldspan) as standard.

If required, XX/1 will also use alternative distribution channels, thus completing our product range withprices obtained directly from the airlines, hotels, rental car companies, railways and evenWeb fares. Providers of travel content thushave convenient access to the entire range oftravel products and services on offer via a singleinterface. Thus XX/1 displays the various data formats of the individual distribution systems via a uniform interface that uses the industry standard XML.

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Facing the Challenge – Easy Access to the World of Travel

Innovation – mostly achieved by young and ambitious trendsetters – is lagging behind specifically in the travel industry. While some companies are hanging on to inherited market share, antiquated applications and traditional distribution channels, they are sure to miss the opportunities that change as well as talented young people can bring.

We create Synergies between the latest IT-Trends and your Requirements

We listen! Here at PASS Consulting our main focus is understanding your specific business to then create an IT-solution customized specifically for you – at the price of standard software. Our Travel World lets you fully determine which modules and features are vital to elevate your business to the next level. Continue reading 

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PASS XX/1: Multi-GDS Access Products

It is not just hospitality and travel companies which are interested in the XX/1 transaction server. Its multi-GDS capability means that it is the ideal product for automated quality assurance of large booking volumes.

PASS XX/1 supplies the single point of entry to all global distribution systems (GDSs). What’s more, using modern technology PASS XX/1 simultaneously integrates direct providers, low-cost airlines, back- office systems and proprietary product databases such as hotel programs. During this process, PASS XX/1 compiles information and puts it into the easy-to-use XML data exchange format. Continue reading 

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Travel Technology Solutions by PASS Consulting

Next generation software development: Rather than re-invent the wheel all the time, PASS Consulting has the Software Factory, a modular system which facilitates fast, cost-effective development of new applications.

Modules come “off the shelf” with associated rules engines to ensure individual configurability. PASS Consulting also uses the Software Factory with its latest product, the PASS Virtual Travel Organizer (VTO) 2G, the modular system for IT applications in the travel industry. Continue reading 

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Travel Market Solutions for Greater Independence

State-of-the-art presentation, open to other systems, developed with contemporary software: Travel Market Solutions from PASS Consulting equip the players in the travel industry with leading-edge applications.

Whether for travel agencies, airlines or booking platforms, PASS products give the travel industry greater independence in handling flights, hotels and rental cars compared to the traditional content and technology provider. Continue reading 

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PASS XX/1 Multi-GDS Exchange Server – Easy Access to All GDS Systems

It is not just hospitality and travel companies which are interested in the XX/1 transaction server. Its multi-GDS capability means that it is the ideal product for automated quality assurance of large booking volumes.

PASS XX/1 Multi-GDS Exchange Server supplies the single point of entry to all global distribution systems (GDSs). What’s more, using modern technology PASS XX/1 Multi-GDS Exchange Server simultaneously integrates direct providers, low-cost airlines, back- office systems and proprietary product databases such as hotel programs. Continue reading 

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Travel Technology Solutions by PASS Consulting Corporation

Innovation – mostly achieved by young and ambitious trendsetters – is lagging behind specifically in the travel industry. While some companies are hanging on to inherited market share, antiquated applications and traditional distribution channels, they are sure to miss the opportunities that change as well as talented young people can bring.

We create Synergies between the latest IT-Trends and your Requirements. We listen. Here at PASS Consulting our main focus is understanding your specific business to then create an IT-solution customized specifically for you – at the price of standard software. Our Travel World lets you fully determine which modules and features are vital to elevate your business to the next level.
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Travel Technology: An Insight by Michael Strauss

Michael Strauss replying to AA, Travelport and Amadeus about Travel Technology:

I’m honored for the many replies to my ideas. I thank Suzanne Ruben from American Airlines, Gordon Wilson from Travelport, Dwayne Ingram from Amadeus, Dennis Schaal from Travel Weekly and many more for their input on my comments. The intention was to start the discussion about the lack of innovation in the travel industry. The thoughts became however emphasized when the “last man standing” of the new entrant distributors was terminated by Sabre. Continue reading