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July 12, 2012

Apple's 'iTravel' for mobiles to make airport check-in delays history

     Sydney: Software giant Apple has proposed a new check-in system 'iTravel' to reduce passenger headaches that they endure while visiting an airport. Apple claims that with the new check-in system, it could make the experience quicker and easier by allowing passengers to verify their identities at check-in and security areas simply by swiping their phones over a sensor. A patent has reportedly been issued for the system, called the iTravel, which would use Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to transfer data between two devices when positioned close together, ultimately streamlining a trip to the airport. "Juggling multiple items while presenting a paper ticket and identification is often inconvenient and may lead to forgotten items, lost tickets and/or identification, and other hassles," News.com.au quoted the patent, as stating. Under the new system "traveler identification information may be transmitted electronically to enable faster security verification during check-in," the report said. The patent, which was submitted four years ago, also claims to heighten airport security by providing specialised traveller identification such as fingerprints or retinal scans, and also suggests passengers could scan their drivers licenses and passports into the app. "The traveller identification information may enable automatic look up of the traveller in a security database, thereby reducing the inconveniences of incorrect identification," the patent added. However, there are doubts as to whether Apple will push ahead with the system amid reports it's concerned about using NFC because of its slow adoption and need to add an antenna. Last month, Apple launched its Passbook app, a virtual wallet that contains everything from boarding passes to shopping coupons.
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