Siemens Business Services (SBS), Division
Transportation, and Aeritas, Inc. Announce Strategic Partnership:
FRANKFURT, GERMANY, and IRVING, TEXAS - March 1, 2001 - Officials of Siemens Business Services (SBS), Division Transportation, today announced a strategic partnership and distribution alliance with Aeritas, Inc., a leading innovator of mobile commerce technology based in the U.S.
Located in Frankfurt, Germany, SBS will deliver the Aeritas nonstop mobile check-in and boarding service, the first m-commerce travel solution of its kind, to its customers in the European travel industry.
The non-stop mobile check-in and boarding service, which is powered by Aeritas' patent-pending technology, enables airline passengers to check-in to a flight and receive an electronic boarding pass using a web-enabled telephone or PDA. The barcode-based boarding pass, which is displayed directly on the mobile device, can then be scanned at the gate using the airline's existing equipment. This convenient and user-friendly m-commerce solution eliminates the need for customers to wait in long lines at a check-in counter or a kiosk, a common complaint of today's busy, on-the-go traveler.
"Siemens Business Services is dedicated to providing the best-in-class electronic and mobile business solutions for its customers," said Peter Marburger, director, business development, SBS Divisions Transportation (Germany). "The Aeritas alliance strengthens our commitment to delivering innovative, but practical solutions for the real world problems facing our customers worldwide."
"Aeritas is redefining the customer experience for the mobile world," said Malik Mamdani, Aeritas' chief executive officer. "The Aeritas nonstop mobile check-in and boarding service, the first of many unique m-commerce solutions deployed from our platform, combines the best elements of speech recognition and verification, Web, wireless, and barcode technologies to deliver true customer satisfaction."
Testing of the nonstop mobile check-in and boarding solution with travel industry partners in Europe is expected to begin this quarter, with product rollout anticipated later this year.
Siemens Business Services (SBS) is one of the world's leading providers in the area of electronic and mobile business. With its comprehensive know-how and specific sector knowledge, SBS offers solutions and services from a single source - from consulting through system integration to responsibility for the customers' entire business processes, and management of IT infrastructures. Provisional estimates show that, in fiscal 2000 (30 September), SBS achieved sales of EUR 5.8 billion. The company has 33,500 employees worldwide. Further information at: http://www.sbs.siemens.com.
Aeritas, Inc.(formerly Impulsity,Inc.), a leading innovator in mobile commerce technology, is redefining the customer experience for the mobile world. Aeritas, which was established in 1999, employs patent-pending technology to deliver user-friendly m-commerce solutions to customers located worldwide in the travel and leisure, hospitality, sports, entertainment and retail industries. A privately held company, Aeritas is headquartered in Irving, Texas. For more information, visit http://www.aeritas.com.