Mobile Scanning Apps: The Ideal Solution for Air Travel Recovery

No one can dispute it’s been a very tough year for the air travel industry and the challenges are certainly not over yet. Having experienced an estimated $370 bn loss in 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, airlines are eager to recoup some of the losses. But as well as new, safer contactless procedures being required, the pressure is on to find cost-effective solutions that can accelerate the return to business and flex with constantly changing restrictions.

As borders start to re-open, and much-needed air travel starts to rebound, computer vision powered smartphone apps are set to take off in a big way. The solution behind contactless check-in processes, streamlined workflows and an increasingly lower reliance on dedicated hardware will make air travel operations more cost-efficient and a smoother experience for passengers.

In our new online guide, we explore how Scandit computer vision can help tackle air travel’s new challenges by increasing efficiencies while reducing operational costs. It outlines how both passengers and air travel employees can be empowered with scanning-enabled smart devices to ensure a smooth journey back to pre-pandemic levels:

1. Automate passenger flow with ease and efficiency

Self-scanning mobile apps – These can be added to passenger smartphone apps (compatible with over 20,000 models) to scan passports to support contactless check-in, bag drops and gaining access to lounges and gates. Used in conjunction with automatic barriers, this reduces the need for fixed infrastructure and requires less airport staff.

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Remove friction before leaving home – Even before passengers get to the airport, they can use a mobile app to scan passports for checking-in online from home. And while at the airport, flight information, such as gate number and delays can be easily accessed by scanning the barcode or QR code on their boarding pass.

Ease congestion as volumes rebound – With airports set to get busier as restrictions ease, Scandit-powered data capture apps can speed up passenger journeys through the airport, improving queuing and congestion, reducing the need for contact and face-to-face interaction – making self-serve kiosks (with the potential to spread germs) redundant. For social distancing, IDs or boarding cards can limit access to an area at certain times to avoid overcrowding.

2. Mobilize airport operations with accuracy

One device for any task – Employing mobile computer vision technology enables staff to use a single device to fast-track processes by moving routine tasks, like check-in and boarding gate checks onto smart mobile devices. Costly dedicated scanning equipment (hardware scanners or podiums with fixed scanners) can be replaced with familiar smartphones, saving on costs without compromising scanning performance.

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Scan performance enables more efficient operations – The speed of data capture is improved by the ability to scan barcodes on paper or digital boarding passes and ID tags at all angles and in poor light with poor contrast or brightness – even through plexiglass barriers. All kinds of barcodes, including damaged luggage labels can also be scanned from a distance, allowing social distancing, and reliable data capture throughout.

Innovation without disruption – Scandit MatrixScan AR allows missing luggage or the luggage of no-show passengers to be located quickly with a search and find functionality, while Optical Character Recognition (OCR) functionality or text recognition lends itself to most operational functions.

3. Support vaccine passport checks with confidence and convenience

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Technology that supports changings circumstances – Scandit’s mobile vision technology is flexible enough to support the introduction of further compulsory travel documentation when new processes are required, such as the scanning of EU Digital Green Certificate vaccine passports.

With a fast roll out of the vaccine passport planned, mobile scanning apps are able to support the new travel certification with no hardware investment required.

Scan paper or digital QR and Aztec codes – Scandit-powered mobile apps have significantly outperformed other scanning softwares, on most devices and under any condition with all types of barcodes, online or offline, making it the ideal way to scan both paper and digital vaccine passports in all environments.

Data captured from scanning a vaccine passport will be immediately required by multiple users such as local and national government officials, travel companies, border control agencies, airlines, port authorities and, of course, the travelers themselves. A smart device is perfectly capable of completing this task, where dedicated devices would struggle.

Step up Scandit with an affordable, easy-to-implement, non-disruptive solution – mobile computer vision. Barcode scanning, text recognition, ID scanning and augmented reality capabilities can be made available to all via Scandit’s data capture engine integrated into any native mobile app on any smart device. Scandit even enables scanning to be added to web apps to scan via a browser. Unrivalled enterprise-grade performance will allow the easy completion of various tasks and workflows, without compromising accuracy.

Cut costs, increase efficiency and keep passengers happy

With a software-based smart device scanning solution costing around one-third of the TCO (total cost of ownership) of dedicated scanning hardware, Scandit mobile computer vision offers air travel operators an affordable, safe and easy-to-deploy way of streamlining operations. It offers the all-important two-sided advantage of reducing costs while supporting a frictionless and enjoyable passenger experience.

Check-out our online guide on how to Tackle Air Travel’s New Challenges to ensure you are taking the best technological flightpath to getting your air travel operations back off the ground.