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Lufthansa Announces a New Barcode Check-in
and Boarding Process Using Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Phones
and Handheld Devices
Siemens and Aeritas team to develop Lufthansa' s m-Barq® service
allowing business travelers to bypass lines at ticket counters and kiosks,
and check into a flight utilizing barcode technology
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - May 22, 2001 - Siemens Business Services (SBS),
Division Transportation, and Aeritas, a leading mobile commerce company,
have teamed together to provide a new technology for seamless travel to
German airline Lufthansa. The mobile check-in and boarding project called
m-Barq® expands the mobile check-in services via the Internet or wireless
application protocol (WAP) enabled mobile phone launched by Lufthansa
last November and enables passengers to bypass the check-in counter or
kiosk and speedily board their flight.
m-Barq® allows frequent travelers holding etix®,
an electronic ticket, to check-in and receive an electronic, barcode-based
boarding pass on the display of their WAP-enabled mobile phone. The barcode
will then be verified via scanners at security and boarding control points
prior to boarding the flight.
"We are excited to be the first carrier to
provide this innovative technology to its customers," said Michael Harwerth,
m-Barq® Project Manager. "Teaming with Siemens Business Services and Aeritas
to provide a wireless barcode check-in allows Lufthansa to enhance its
pre-boarding customer service and ensures a speedy departure process for
Siemens Business Services is key to the successful
rollout of Lufthansa' s m-BarqÒ service. Siemens assisted Lufthansa in
identifying the technology required for this innovative offering and plays
a crucial role in the implementation and deployment of Lufthansa' s m-Barq®
service. "We strive to provide technology that allows our customers to
differentiate their services and reduce costs," said Peter Marburger,
director business development, SBS, Division Transportation (Germany).
Lufthansa's m-Barq® offering is deployed utilizing
the Aeritas Mobile Platform and the Aeritas Express™ for Travel application.
The Aeritas Mobile Platform provides the underlying technology by utilizing
its patent-pending fulfillment function that allows barcodes to be transmitted
over a wide variety of networks and devices. "The main tenet for our technology
is that it must solve real problems today and provide enormous value that
will drive immediate adoption," said Malik Mamdani, CEO of Aeritas. "We
are pleased to partner with these two dynamic market leaders to deploy
The trial service will be rolled out by the
end of the year to Lufthansa's Frequent Travellers on route within Germany.
Upon the successful implementation, Lufthansa will expand m-Barq® to other
For further information about the airline
About Siemens Business Services
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. 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., a wireless software technology company, is redefining
the customer experience for the mobile world. The company's platform employs
patent-pending technology to deliver user-friendly m-commerce solutions
to customers 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.
Aeritas, Aeritas Express and Redefining the Customer Experience
for the Mobile World are trademarks of Aeritas, Inc. All other trademarks
are the properties of their respective owners.