Going mobile: Travel's eventual high-tech future

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/03/us-travel-technology-airlines-idUSTRE8121ET20120203

    Welcome to the airport terminal of the future.
    There are self-service bag drops but no check-in desks. Your passage is seamless, punctuated behind the scenes only by discrete Near Field Communication (NFC) sensors.

    Occasionally you stop to scan your NFC-enabled smartphone at a touch point. Your biometric information, picked up by automated surveillance cameras, will ensure there's no need to queue up to see whether you pose a security threat.

    This is where travel needs to be, say technologists who also insist that their wizardry, if employed universally, could solder together the jagged edges of the industry.

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    seems like science fiction to me and will waste a huge amount of energy while leaving humans unemployed
     
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    Sadly, the latter is the main reason airlines will want to do it. If there's a tangible money-saver to be had here, airlines WILL do this.

    My guess is the only reason airports haven't embraced it yet is because there's a cost involved. Most airports are more focused on things like cramming in another Hudson News or Chili's Too to fortify the bottom line.
     
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    Security. Something NFC has not had a long enough track record to prove it has.
     
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    NFC-enabled smartphones? Meh. In our lifetimes, I predict we'll all be NFC-chipped.
     
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    My cat is already chipped, why not me? It's interesting and a bit creepy. :eek:
     
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    I believe Hyatt has a program where, at some of their newer properties that have "keyless" entry to the rooms, their very best guests get a permanent keycard they can use and bypass check-in (they just get a text with their room number when it is available and the room is programed to accept the guest's keycard).

    I could see hotels using this technology to create a check-in app that sends a NFC key to the phone to use instead of having to stop at the desk to get a key. That would seem to be a really easy implementation.
     

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