The Latest Technology Aiding the Business Traveler
Anyone who travels for business regularly will be fully aware of the many annoyances that come with it; however pioneering technologies are trying to make business travel easier. A highly lucrative industry (business travel spending is expected to be £25bn in 2014), travel companies aim to do whatever they can to ensure productivity remains high whilst travelling.
It is now the norm for airports to have a Wi-Fi service on offer to travellers, having said that most are unreliable and slow. iPass might have the solution: acting as a hotspot aggregator, users log in once and have access to 2.7million hotspots worldwide. In addition, several airlines such as Emirates have Wi-Fi enabled aircraft allowing their long haul passengers to stay connected in the air.
Hilton is trying to fix the inefficiency that plagues the business traveller. The Conrad Concierge service allows customers at its Conrad Hotels & Resorts chain to check in online 48 hours before using their app, though its functionality doesn’t stop there. Users can order room service, request more towels or other room extras in one tap too.
Others are looking to help guests too, Starwood are trialling “mobile locking”, allowing people to open their rooms with their mobile phone, which is a welcome alternative to the burden of room keycards.
Lost luggage is the worst nightmare of any traveller, let alone business travellers. But there is a new technology coming to the forefront which could succeed the barcode technology that is used worldwide. Some airports including Hong Kong International are now utilising radio-frequency identification technology to improve accuracy.
It is unclear how good these technologies are or will prove to be, but any attempt to improve business travel is certainly a welcome one!
Full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27975474
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