Apple have been granted a new patent that could revolutionize the way we use transport.
Originally filed in 2008, this patent uses NFC (Near Field Communication) to interact with check-in consoles, it uses an app that was initially named “iTravel”. The app uses NFC to transfer data from any iDevice running the software, and it can confirm the identification of the user, possibly enabling access through security points.
The image below depicts the “iTravel” app, and as you can see it includes the option to make, retrieve, review, and share reservations as well as Check-In/Baggage Claim capability. Looks like a great idea, although the UI could do with some work… This probably led to the development of Passbook.
iTravel could revolutionize airport management and streamline passenger flow… It also includes a nifty water slide to transfer passengers from the terminal to the plane!
Awful British humor aside, this patent is a big hint at the inclusion of NFC in the next instalment of the iPhone, something Apple have been reluctant to include in the past because it requires an additional antenna within the device. The patent is there however, so now all we can do is wait for further developments.
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