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Airports Soon to Scan Boarding Passes on Screens of Mobile Devices

Nov. 23, 2007, Montreal, Que.– Montreal-based LIPSO commercializes 2D barcodes that can be scanned from the screens of mobile devices.

November 23, 2007  By Carey Fredericks

Nov. 23, 2007, Montreal, Que.– Montreal-based LIPSO has become the first mobile solutions provider in the world to commercialize 2D barcodes that can be scanned from the screens of mobile devices.

Air Canada has already put the technology in production in accordance with the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Simplifying the Business Bar Coded Boarding Pass standards – another world first.
With the collaboration of Aéroports de Montréal (ADM), Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) and Air Canada, LIPSO has successfully run a pilot project for the 2D barcode in Montreal over the last four months, a solution which could greatly reduce the number of paper boarding passes produced and facilitate the boarding process for seasoned travellers.
“Business travellers are always looking for ways to cut down their travel time and make that next flight,” said Vivianne Gravel, President of LIPSO. “We are very excited to be the first company in the world to offer airports and airlines this effective way of increasing traveller satisfaction, while reducing the amount of paper they use.”
The pilot, due to end on November 30th, allows passengers for all Air Canada domestic and international flights who use mobile check-in to download their boarding passes onto their mobile devices. The 2D barcodes, which contain all the information traditionally found on paper boarding passes, are scanned at security check-points and gates by airline agents.
LIPSO’s patent-pending technology is unique in its ability to optimize the images of 2D barcodes according to the mobile device used. This makes the solution adaptable to all mobile devices currently on the market around the world. With the help of the École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), LIPSO has ensured travellers have the best quality 2D barcode and the most secure solution on the market.
The next step for LIPSO and Air Canada is to offer the mobile boarding pass to all Air Canada passengers who use mobile and web check-in. “The team at LIPSO has exceeded Air Canada’s expectations and is helping us push the mobile envelope for the benefit of passengers who want to Fly Their Own Way,” said Patrice Ouellette Director, Client Service Platforms Air Canada.


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