Passport’s Picks of the Week
With Miami launching mobile transit technology, Apple Pay exceeding expectations, and pilot technology that can reduce turbulence, this week’s installment of picks of the week will fuel mind. Get the latest picks from the Passport team:
Miami, mobile ticketing is heading your way! With the recent launch of Passport’s mobile transit app in Miami-Dade – the transit experience will be greatly enhanced. Passport has joined forces with Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) to bring the platform to the Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation (DTPW) and “supports DTPW mission’s to provide more payment options and a richer customer experience to its demographics, including regular commuters, occasional riders, tourists and visitors to the Miami area”. The collaboration between Passport and Cubic will include “a mobile app that that gives riders a range of convenient features and tools”.
When we think of flight turbulence, we think of those sudden movements that wake us up mid flight or knock our magazine off our laps. We don’t necessarily think of the amount of money turbulence causes every year. The real number: $100 million. Turbulence can cause passenger injuries, plane damage, and flight delays. Previously, pilots relied solely on weather reports pre-flight, however, today pilots have access to completely digitalized weather information to keep flights turbulence free. Now, pilots can utilize real-time weather via their tablet device. For example, Delta created Delta Flight Weather Viewer, which provides live turbulence forecasts and observations to reduce the amount of turbulence.
The transit industry is transforming and innovating. The real game changer? Mobile ticketing. As mobile ticketing gains popularity, the transit industry is reaping the benefits. Ridership numbers are increasing due to the functionality of mobile transit apps that provide riders with the ability to plan, track, pay, and manage their entire transit experience from their smartphone. Since convenience is key and mobile ticketing is giving it major precedence, “[while] choosing your mode of transportation, you naturally feel more comfortable selecting a method of you have knowledge of and control over”. As mobile transit technology gains momentum, users are having more control and immediacy over their transit experience.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the ability for anything with an on and off switch to be able to connect to the Internet or to one another. Although many companies are excited at the potential of IoT, many companies are still wary at the idea of what it entails. For transport operators, the IoT is a concept that is still not completely understood by the operators. Transit technology brings a newfound abundance of data to providers, which can either be misread or not interpreted at all. Previously, “owners made decisions on a prescriptive basis according to the limited knowledge that they possessed regarding, among other factors, roads and infrastructure. Thanks to the IoT, they have now moved to a reality-based and data driven environment”.
Apple Pay, it’s actually doing better than it was expected to do. CEO, Tim Cook, said “according to retailers, Apple Pay now represents 75% of all contactless payments made in the U.S.”. Apple Pay is a way for users to load their smartphone with their credit or debit card information for payment. At stores that are equipped with accepting Apple Pay, users can use their payment at the point-of-sale registers. According to Apple, Apple Pay will also be available on the mobile web this fall.