Datalex Supports New Siemens Mobile Travel Age

, a leading provider of technology solutions for the global travel industry, has announced the signing of a major contract with Siemens Mobile Travel Solutions GmbH.
The new contract entails the provision of the Datalex core integration platform, BookIt MATRIX to support the new Siemens Travel Angel, Mobile Travel Support solution.

The Travel Angel application, which is being marketed to travel related companies, mobile operators and large enterprises who require mobile capacity for their products and services, will initially provide Flight Schedule Access, Re-Booking, Flight Destination Weather Information, Airport Information Services and Personal and Corporate Travel Information for travellers on the go.

“Siemens is one of the major forces in the global travel industry and this contract is of major significance in the distribution of mobile data services, an ever increasing consumer and corporate requirement in this competitive market,” said Damian Hickey, SVP Commercial, Datalex. “As a company that facilitated the first secure mobile travel reservation using WAP technology in 1999, Datalex is pleased to be working with other major technology suppliers such as Siemens in harnessing the potential of wireless as a distribution platform for travel products and services. This platform is of critical importance in the development of our solutions strategy and Germany, as one of the world`s major technology centres, offers enormous opportunities in this area, as does the global wireless market.”


According to Forrester Research, Inc
., mobile phones have reached a mature penetration of approximately 70% in Europe. The flexible connectivity offered by the BookIt! MATRIX platform will enable Travel Angel to tap the potential of this enormous market by offering a diverse range of mobile travel service capabilities.
“With Datalex, we found the right partner with global presence, indepth travel industry know how and a link to the major GDS. We look forward to a fruitful co-operation in several international projects,” said Reinhold Rehm, CEO Siemens Mobile Travel Solutions.
BookIt! MATRIX is a flexible, scalable integration solution that isolates client applications from back-end host connectivity issues, enabling travel suppliers and distributors to focus on e-Business and m-Business applications and interfaces. BookIt! MATRIX is the core integration platform for the Datalex range of products and provides connectivity to a wide range of GDSs, CRSs, ferry and rail systems in addition to other hosts systems.


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