FlightPath3D wins at Airbus Hackathon 2020

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FlightPath3D has won the ‘Preferred App’ award and was joint winner of the ‘Best Innovation’ award at Airbus’s First Online Hackathon.

The Hackathon, held from 7-9 July, is part of Airbus‘ #KeepTrustInAirTravel initiative and is designed to develop OnBoard Digital Solutions on an Airbus Open Software Platform to support better operations in a post-COVID world.

FlightPath3D CEO Boris Veksler said: “We leveraged our HTML/WebGL streaming 3D map and via our Open API platform integrated 3rd party content into our map, and vice versa provided map features into 3rd party apps. The innovation we achieved is linked to the openness of the Airbus platform, and to the eco-system of App developers that are compatible with the platform.”

FlightPath3D President Duncan Jackson added: “We integrated duty-free merchandising, advertising, and the ability to buy with a payment solution into our map. 3rd party apps used our destination content, street maps, and flight tracker to augment their already highlyfunctional apps.”

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Singapore Airlines launches latest App Challenge

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Singapore Airlines has launched its 2020 app challenge, seeking digital solutions to address real business challenges.

This year, the app challenge sees Singapore Airlines in search of startups with the most innovative solutions to 10 Problem Statements across six Challenge Themes. Startups can be teams or individuals from anywhere around the world, from any industry and submissions can be made to address one or multiple challenge statements across the six themes.

There are four stages to the challenge, with the first being the submission round. Submissions must be made via https://appchallenge.singaporeair.com/startup and the closing date is 2359 (GMT +8) on 12 July 2020. Shortlisted teams will be announced on 20 July to progress to the next stage, which is selection, followed by prototyping and the grand finale, due to take place on 2 October.

Challenge Themes and Problem Statements

Theme 1: Seamless Travel Experience

  • How can we automate the process of identifying damaged baggage?
  • How can we manage in-cabin baggage to ensure a smooth boarding experience?
  • How can we re-imagine a customer’s life onboard Vistara flights?
  • How can we use technology to reduce catering waste and automate the in-flight delivery of pre-ordered meals?

Theme 2: People and Operations

  • How can we use gamification to assess the suitability of candidates for Cabin Crew roles?
  • How can we leverage intuitive digital tools to assist engineers in pre-departure activities?

Theme 3: Beyond Travel

  • How can we enable new shopping experiences at physical touchpoints through personal mobile devices?

Theme 4: Travelling in the New Norm

  • How can we build robust capabilities that address customers’ concerns on their health and safety across their travel journey, both on ground and in flight?

Theme 5: New Business Opportunities

  • How can we leverage SIA’s assets and global brand to launch new products, services and businesses that are adjacent to and complement our core business?

Theme 6: Sustainability

  • How can we develop new approaches to broaden our sustainability initiatives?

Finalists will be invited to pitch to Singapore Airlines’ senior management and top executives. Solutions with business potential will be fast-tracked into the SIA Accelerator Programme, where startups will build a Proof-of-Concept of their solution with the Airline.

For further details and to apply, visit https://appchallenge.singaporeair.com/startup




Etihad Airways launches intelligent COVID-19 self-assessment tool

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Etihad Airways has partnered with Austrian-based healthcare technology company Medicus AI to launch a COVID-19 risk-assessment tool that will guide Etihad’s passengers in evaluating the probability of having contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus by responding to a set of 22 questions.

The self-administered assessment, which takes less than five minutes to complete, is based on World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines that are updated daily.

Frank Meyer, Chief Digital Officer, Etihad Airways, said: “We know that health and wellbeing will be a major factor impacting the travel decisions of our guests and are committed to ensuring their continued safety and peace of mind when they choose to travel with Etihad Airways. As flying operations begin to resume globally, we want to empower our guests to make informed decisions on travel. Partnering with Medicus AI on this innovative new tool is just one of the ways we are adapting our operations and guest experience to meet the new demands placed on the travel industry as a result of COVID-19.”

Dr. Baher Al Hakim, Chief Executive Officer, Medicus AI, said: “We are proud to support Etihad Airways in their efforts to ensure the safety of its passengers and crew as the world returns to normalcy. Our initial efforts at the start of the pandemic were to help provide assessment and monitoring tools, and as needs shift, our efforts have evolved to help our partners bring people back to their day-to-day life in a safe manner.”

The tool is now available to guests on Etihad.com and soon on the Etihad Airways mobile application on the Apple iOS, Android and Huawei platforms, and will be accessible in English, with additional language editions such as Arabic, French, German and Portuguese being added in phases.

MedAire launches first-of-its-kind app to help in-flight medical issues

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MedAire has launched a medical event assessment app to assist crew with contagious disease response.

The app was developed to help crew accurately gather necessary information – such as chief medical complaint, vital signs, symptoms, and medical history from the ill passenger. The information can then be seamlessly shared with the ground-based medical team at MedAire’s MedLink centre.

In addition, the app provides detailed guidance for the crewmember on next steps for the most common – and serious – types of events that occur during flight. Guidance may include obtaining the onboard medical kit, providing oxygen, or donning personal precaution equipment (PPE).

“Flight crew are the first responders during in-flight medical events. Their role is critical in ensuring timely, appropriate care to a passenger,” said Dr Paulo Alves, Global Medical Director at MedAire. “This can be challenging given cabin communication limitations and the stress of being a first responder – even more so if the passenger has critical symptoms such as chest pain or a shortness of breath, or if they suspect the passenger may have an infectious disease.”

Airlines around the world participated in the BETA testing of the MedAire app prior to its launch, with Icelandair the first airline to officially go live with the new app as part of its standard safety protocols.

“The ability to communicate quickly and accurately with medical professionals can help both crew and passengers feel reassured that airlines are taking all precautions to mitigate safety and medical risks, including those associated with COVID-19,” continued Dr Alves. “The new functionality and app is part of MedAire’s standard in-flight MedLink service – relied on by airlines around the world – and demonstrates our continued commitment to provide solutions to support crew and passenger safety and confidence.”