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.