United Airlines Brings Highly Detailed In-Airport Maps To Its iOS App – TechCrunch

No matter how advanced phone mapping technologies have become, stepping into an airport takes you back several decades into the era of physical maps. With no..

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It’s about time! I’d struggle to find anyone who hasn’t had an issue at major airports like O’Hare, LAX (my nemesis), JFK, Beijing and Schiphol. Especially when you are changing planes and yours was late arriving. Combined with most airlines deliberately overbooking, that means that if you don’t get to your next gate in time, chances are someone on standby is going to get your seat!

I’ve been involved in project requests over the years to map universities, hospitals and other municipal buildings, but there was never enough budget. It’s much easier where there is money involved.

There is a lot of money involved in airports. I think I would be safe to in saying that literally dozens of flights that I’ve been on, have been delayed due to passengers not arriving on time.

Once upon a time before 911, the plane might have just taken off, but with new safety laws, if someone doesn’t arrive to take their seat, their luggage has to be removed from the plane before it can depart. That means major delays.

Those people who inevitably have one more drink in the lounge, or are doing last minute shopping and then get directionally challenged and arrive late cost the airlines huge sums of money. They have to pay more for the time the plane sits at the gate, stopping another plane from taking it; they will have lost their queue waiting for a runway allocation and then they typically burn more fuel flying faster to try to make up time wasted waiting at the gate.

So when there is a high value proposition like this it is easy. Hopefully they will do the same at major train stations and then as it becomes a bigger industry, the costs of setting up indoor navigation systems will continue to reduce such that institutions with little funds will also be able to afford to use the technology.

There are of course many low cost systems for navigating buildings, the big thing here is the variables. The gates don’t move, but the flights do. Just listen to the PA’s. “Your flight may not be boarding from the gate shown on your boarding pass.” Of course time is critical in hospitals and in universities, it can mean not getting to lectures on time, but that is more a really nice to have.

This is a technology that will benefit the airlines, the airport companies and their passengers. Next lets track the passengers (anonymously) and their luggage such that we can confirm that they both go to the same destination at the same time. That should be a security default anyway!

The Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scotsboro http://www.unclaimedbaggage.com/ may not like it, because it will kill a great business model and probably impact on Alabama’s domestic tourism, but I’ve never been a fan of that concept. OK if I had realized how close I was a couple of years ago driving through Fort Payne on 59, I would have stopped, but I would have felt really guilty if I had bought anything:)

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About Luigi Cappel

Writer for hire, marketing consultant specialising in Location Based Services. Futurist and Public Speaker Auckland, New Zealand
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