CeBIT helps drive mobile travel


CeBIT helps drive mobile travel

Antony Savvas

Airline passengers flying between Munich and Hanover, Germany, for this week’s CeBIT trade show will be able to use their mobile phones to check in and board their flights.

Domestic airline DBA has teamed up with mobile operator T-Mobile to run the scheme, which is expected to be extended to other routes later this year.

Any passenger with a phone that can handle MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) messages can use the system.

Registered users for the Munich-Hanover service will receive their boarding card on their phones around three hours before take-off, in the form of a 2D bar code.

To check in and later board their plane, they simply wave their phone display with the 2D bar code in front of a contact-less scanner.

Vodafone is expected to launch a mobile phone contact-less ticketing system next month that will enable users to ride on Frankfurt’s public transport system.

Vodafone’s system, which will be demonstrated at CeBIT, will see Frankfurt users also wave their phone near contact-less scanners which will log their rides on buses and trains.

At the end of the month, users will be charged for the total number of rides they have made.

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