Air India’s decision to celebrate its first-ever ‘Air India Day’ with a ticket for Rs.100 offer backfired as its server crashed due to ‘unprecedented’ traffic witnessed on Wednesday as lakhs of people accessed its website http://www.airindia.com to grab the unbelievable offer. The site was down from 11 a.m. or before said people who tried desperately to be the first ones to avail themselves of tickets at such a low price. Airline officials said they were not prepared for handling such a huge rush and it would take some time to rectify the problem. Till late evening the site was not accessible.
In an industry first, the Dubai-based carrier is introducing an audio description option on part of its in-flight entertainment programming, opening up the content to visually impaired passengers. Travellers who are blind or visually impaired can now take advantage of audio description to follow 16 features, all from Disney, including Frozen, Saving Mr Banks, Cars 2, Monsters University, The Avengers, Toy Story 3 and all four Pirates of the Caribbean films. The selection will be expanded in the future, according to Emirates.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) has taken to cloud computing with its deployment of the Microsfot Office 365 suite of office automation applications for use by its employees. A press statement by the Seattle, Washington-based Microsoft Corp. said the deployment makes PAL part of the list of at least 10 other airlines in the Asia Pacific now using the Office 365 cloud computing suite. A few other airlines in Asia using the suite are Quantas Airways, Japan Airlines and Tiger Airways.
SINGAPORE: SMRT is looking to enhance the commuter experience on its buses by installing real-time tracking devices that can leverage Big Data to analyse the performance of its drivers. The transport operator said on Monday (Aug 4) that it began trials on telematics technology since early 2014 and following their success, SMRT installed telematics devices on its bus fleet from May. Telematics is the branch of IT that deals with the long-distance transmission of computerised information.
Just over two weeks ago, cab-booking app EasyTaxi started taking orders within the WeChat messaging app. How’s that working out so far? Joon Chan, EasyTaxi’s regional manager and director for Southeast Asia, tells Tech in Asia that 5,000 rides have so far been taken by people who booked in WeChat. Joon describes the WeChat tie-up as a “fantastic partnership.” It’s only available in Singapore at the moment ahead of rolling out across EasyTaxi’s other markets in Asia. To use it, a WeChat user must first search for the EasyTaxi ‘official account’ in the messaging app (called ‘EasyTaxiSGP’).
Panasonic Corp will initially invest around 20-30 billion Yen ($200-300 million) in Tesla Motors for producing lithium-ion battery used in electric vehicles.Tesla Motors is a US based electric car manufacturer and Japan’s Panasonic has been supplying batteries for the electric car maker for years.
Two months after Google unveiled its driverless and steering wheel-less car prototype, it turns out that Chinese search engine giant Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) is working on the same tech as well. A Baidu representative confirmed to Tech in Asia this afternoon that it’s working on a self-driving car, but stated that the program is “at a very early stage.” This came in response to rumors on Chinese tech blogs earlier today. The Baidu driverless car project is being driven by its “deep learning” labs. No other details are available at this time. Baidu has R&D labs in this specialist arena in both China and Silicon Valley.
It can be tough getting the attention of airport gate staff. Soon they might have an additional distraction: smartwatches. Japan Airlines (JAL) on Wednesday demonstrated how some of its staff at Haneda airport in Tokyo are using Samsung’s Galaxy Gear 2 to locate and communicate with each other. JAL officials said smartwatches could help improve the efficiency of how and where airport staff are assigned, and improve passenger service. Attendants at two gates in the airport’s Terminal 1 building were sporting the smartwatches during the demonstration, which involved actual flights to domestic cities.
Nissan Motor Co chief executive Carlos Ghosn said some car makers remain reticent about working with technology giant Google Inc as it develops driverless vehicles for fear of their brands’ identities becoming submerged. Ghosn, who also heads France’s Renault, said car makers can benefit from collaborating with Google, which offers its Android software for cars and which is building prototypes of self-driving cars. “But at the end of the day, I think all car makers are extremely cautious about maintaining control on their own cars,” he told a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday.
Sydney Trains is in search of an IT system that will underpin an $11.4 million effort to improve the rail information delivered to customers as well as the performance of the city’s rail network. NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian last month announced a three-year project to upgrade the rail network’s operations centre, promising new technology and communications systems would offer train travellers more accurate, consistent and timely information.
Qantas chief information officer Luc Hennekens has laid the foundations to shift many of the airline’s IT workloads to public cloud services, after being impressed with the results of three proof of concept trials. The Qantas IT team spent an intensive 18 weeks trialling the capabilities of public cloud computing services offered by Amazon Web Services, Google, IBM and Microsoft to help build a case for a radically different approach to technology provision at the airline.
Expect more wearables, robots and even electric cars to come from manufacturing giant Foxconn Technology Group, as the Taiwanese company tries to reinvent itself as a broader technology service provider. While Foxconn now mainly manufactures products for vendors like Apple and Sony, the company is hoping to seize on new opportunities emerging in the market. “When a typhoon comes, even a pig can fly,” joked Foxconn’s CEO Terry Gou at its annual shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday.
International Business Machines Corp. (IBM:US) won a contract with China’s state-owned Shanghai Airport Authority to use cloud computing to help move traffic more efficiently. The IBM system, the first phase of which was completed in March, helps the airport manage everything from airplane taxi times to passengers waiting on a concourse, the Armonk, New York-based company said in a statement today.
KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — Following a two-day ‘Expert Dialogue on Real-time Monitoring of Flight Data’ hosted in Kuala Lumpur (KL), members of the global aviation and telecommunications industries reached an agreement to develop a roadmap and initial framework for the implementation of real-time global flight monitoring.
Isuzu Ung Nguan Tai Group has invested Bt18 million to transform its working processes into cloud computing technology. This will allow its 800 employees in 15 branches in Bangkok and nearby provinces to work seamlessly anywhere at any time on any device. The group’s assistant managing director, Thantip Leevutinun, said the company had been undertaking the transformation for a year. The project was spurred on by a number of problems the firm had encountered, including floods and political protests.
Indian Railways on Wednesday launched a new mobile app National Train Enquiry System (NTES) that will help users get information about the arrival and departure of trains. The new mobile app NTES has been launched by the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), the information and technology arm of Indian Railways. While the app is currently available only on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, other mobile platforms will also get it in the near future.
NEW YORK, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (hereinafter “JAL”) and Panasonic Avionics Corporation (hereinafter “Panasonic”) have been collaborating on providing in-flight Internet service – JAL SKY Wi-Fi on international Boeing 777-300ERs, operated on North America and Europe routes in July 2012. JAL has recently reached an agreement with Panasonic to aggressively install JAL SKY Wi-Fi on its international Boeing 767-300ERs, Boeing 777-200ERs and Boeing 787s operated on its Southeast Asia and other international routes.