Siemens Business Services, Division Transportation, and Aeritas, a leading mobile commerce company, have teamed together to provide a new technology for seamless travel to German airline Lufthansa.
The mobile check-in and boarding project called m-Barq expands the mobile check-in services via the Internet or WAP enabled mobile phone launched by Lufthansa last November and enables passengers to bypass the check-in counter or kiosk and speedily board their flight.
m-Barq allows frequent travelers holding etix, an electronic ticket, to check-in and receive an electronic, barcode-based boarding pass on the display of their WAP-enabled mobile phone. The barcode will then be verified via scanners at security and boarding control points prior to boarding the flight.
Lufthansa`s m-Barq offering is deployed utilizing the Aeritas Mobile Platform and the Aeritas Express for Travel application. The Aeritas Mobile Platform provides the underlying technology by utilizing its patent-pending fulfillment function that allows barcodes to be transmitted over a wide variety of networks and devices.
The trial service will be rolled out by the end of the year to Lufthansa`s Frequent Travellers on route within Germany. Upon the successful implementation, Lufthansa will expand m-Barq to other routes.