Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France is planning to trial a SIM-based near field communication (NFC ) system that will allow passengers to pass through the airport’s check-in counters, controls and gates by using their mobile phones.
The trial is being conducted jointly by SITA , France Telecom (Orange ) and BlackBerry .As part of the NFC technology trial, 50 selected passengers will pass through the check-in process using BlackBerry smartphones during summer 2012.
The technology will allow the passengers to access car parking and the boarding area through a premium access zone and to a premium passenger lounge.
The passengers will also receive updated information, including changes to flight times, departure halls or boarding gates.
"Recently, SITA Lab demonstrated that NFC could dramatically improve the passenger experience by, for example, using NFC -enabled phones as boarding passes to open security, airline lounge and boarding gates automatically," Irminger said.
"The mobile phone now becomes a personalised tool, displaying the required information at the right moment; it also enables the flyer to better manage his time, optimising his choices," Vernhes said.
Following the successful completion of the trial, the collaboration is planning to use some of the functionalities deployed in trial in smartphone apps to be launched in 2013 and 2014.