fusionOne, a pioneer and leader in the development of next-generation Internet synchronization technology, and Sabre Inc., the leading provider of IT solutions for the travel and transportation industries, today announced a partnership to integrate fusionOne’s free Internet synchronization service with Sabre’s industry-leading travel Web sites.
Synchronized access will be made available to more than 350 corporations using Sabre Business Travel Solutions(R) and more than 47,000 Sabre Connected travel agencies through the Sabre Virtually There Web site, www.virtuallythere.com, allowing millions of travelers to seamlessly integrate Sabre itineraries into their calendars on desktop PCs, handheld organizers, select mobile phones, and portal applications—all with one click.
“Our goal at fusionOne is to keep all personal content up-to-date and in sync across all devices seamlessly,” said Rick Onyon, president and CEO of fusionOne. “Travel information is changing constantly, so syncing up-to-the- minute travel information is not only an important added benefit for our users, but also a critical component to achieving our goal. As the leading travel technology company, Sabre is a perfect partner for helping us deliver travel information available online, wirelessly, straight to our customers—wherever they may be and whatever device they may be using.”
The Web sites that will be integrated for Sabre include Sabre BTS(SM) and Sabre Virtually There Web site. Sabre BTS is the leading online corporate travel management system that allows corporations to analyze travel and expense data as well as provide business travelers the ability to book travel and manage expenses from a single source.
Sabre Virtually There Web site is a tool for any Sabre Connected traveler to review an existing itinerary online with destination information and targeted messages for the traveler, based on individual interests.
“By extending the synchronization technology of fusionOne, millions of Sabre connected travelers have the added convenience of travel data from the largest electronic travel marketplace in the world anywhere, anytime,” said Nancy Raynor, senior vice president of emerging businesses for Sabre. “Research shows that travelers want to maintain control of their time and schedules, this combination of technology from Sabre and fusionOne provides travelers access to this information through multiple devices to let them maximize control and add convenience.”
With the integration of fusionOne into the Sabre online services, itinerary information will be synchronized to any supported device via the fusionOne service. Anytime a user books travel online and is presented with a confirmation page, that page will now include a fusionOne “Sync To My Calendar” icon. Once the user clicks on this icon and enters the fusionOne user name and password, all pertinent information from that itinerary—such as flight schedules, hotel confirmation or rental car confirmation—is instantly sent to all calendar applications that are supported by the fusionOne service. If the user is not currently a fusionOne subscriber, fusionOne software can be downloaded quickly from any of the Sabre Web sites - - free of charge.
fusionOne’s free Internet sync service works on a transactional model, meaning that anytime information is changed on one device, Web site or system, the change is transmitted through the Internet as a ‘transaction’ to the other devices. It is automatically applied to the local application on that device, making synchronization nearly invisible. Now, when users book a new trip online, the information will automatically be updated on the user’s desktop calendar, as well as a PDA and mobile phone—all through the power of fusionOne.