Sms Boarding Passes A World-first

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First there was Etickets now paper less boarding passesSMS boarding passes a world-firstBy the end of this year, a "world first" technology will see boarding passes available on mobile phones using standard SMS messages.The SMS technology has been developed by 22-year old Aaron Hornlimann, who has a Melbourne-based IT business.It's all quite simple and our tests have shown the whole process takes less than two seconds," Aaron Hornlimann explained."I am mainly self-taught and yes I am hoping to make millions from overseas sales," Mr Hornlimann said, confiding that the Sissit Group, the company he launched with the help of friends, was already profitable. He said it was a stroke of good luck and a matter of who he knew that he was able to enter into a research and development arrangement with Jetstar. "They came to me and after five months of hard work we got there," Mr Hornlimann saidHow does it work?Under the new system, any mobile phone will be able to accept the boarding pass via a common text message, regardless of whether it has Wireless Application Protocol or internet connectivity.The SMS will contain a unique boarding code which will be scanned instead of the traditional paper boarding pass.A 24 hour automatic check-in will also likely be introduced, which allows customers to request at the time of booking for the airline to automatically check them in 24 hours prior to their flight departure, with the boarding pass to then be sent via email or SMS text message.Jetstar ceo Bruce Buchanan said that the new technology would improve airport service levels by freeing staff to get on with the job of processing checked-in baggage."Well over half of our existing domestic customers now utilise electronic check-in options in terms of Web-Check or Self Service Kiosks at airports, and with Australians' well known love for new technology we believe this new service will be highly attractive to people whether they are frequent or irregular flyers," he said.The new innovative service will be trialled on Jetstar flights out of Melbourne's Avalon Airport beginning in November, with an Australia-wide domestic rollout by the end of the year and plans for introduction in other markets including its NZ domestic services.

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