SITAs robotic kiosks to the rescue in busy checkin areas

first_imgSITA’s robotic kiosks to the rescue in busy check-in areasSITA Lab, which explores the future of technology in air travel, has unveiled KATE, an intelligent check-in kiosk that will autonomously move to busy or congested areas in the airport as needed, promising to relegate check-in queues to the past.Using various data sources – including flight and passenger flow information – KATE can identify where additional check-in kiosks are required to reduce passenger queue times at check-in. KATE uses existing SITA data systems such as Day of Operations Business Intelligence and FlightInfo API.Multiple robotic kiosks can be automatically or manually deployed simultaneously and in formation to assist passengers, providing airports and airlines greater flexibility in managing peaks in passenger flow. The kiosks can also communicate through a Cloud service to ensure that the right number of kiosks are at the right position when needed, making them highly responsive to changes in the airport. A design patent application for the kiosks is currently underway.Renaud Irminger, Director of SITA Lab, said: “The peak and troughs in the flow of passengers presents a challenge to many airlines and airports and we have been approached by many customers requesting a solution. They want kiosks which can be easily deployed when and where they are needed. Building on SITA’s successful AirportConnect® Open platform, and our previous work with robotics, KATEleverages new technologies to provide operators much more flexibility and efficiency in the way they will use their kiosks in future.”SITA’s cutting-edge robotic kiosk makes use of geo-location technology to find its way through the airport. KATE will use Wi-Fi to connect to vital airline and airport systems, dispensing with the need for cabling or other fixed attachments. This allows the kiosk to move around freely across the airport terminal, using obstacle avoidance technology to avoid bumping into people or things.KATE and her fellow robotic kiosks will automatically return to their docking stations when they are low on power or need to be resupplied with boarding passes or bag tags.One of the key benefits of SITA’s autonomous kiosk is that it can be deployed anywhere inside the airport as well as other offsite locations such as train stations. This is particularly relevant during periods of disruption – such as weather delays or flight cancellations – where additional kiosks can be moved from landside to airside to check-in large numbers of rebooked passengers. KATE provides passengers access to her easy-to-use interface to check-in and print bag tags.KATE follows in the footsteps of LEO, SITA’s fully autonomous, self-propelling baggage robot launched at the 2016 Air Transport IT Summit in Barcelona, Spain last year. Source = SITAlast_img read more

Exhibited for the first time at Art Basel Miami Be

first_imgExhibited for the first time at Art Basel Miami Beach, two works of art that use fine and precious stones from a collection of gems that can no longer be used in classical jewelery will be displayed in an original lounge designed by the Mendini Ateliers. Commissioned by Cartier, the artists give a second life to pearls, engraved emeralds, sapphires, mandarin garnets, moonstones, diamond paving, and chalcedonies.The Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain and Cartier entrusted these projects to the renowned Italian architect-designer Alessandro Mendini, featured at the Fondation Cartier in Paris in 2002 in the exhibition Fragilisme, and to the artist-filmmaker David Lynch, whose exhibition The Air is on Fire was shown at the Fondation Cartier in 2007.The “precious column” conceived by Mendini was realized in collaboration with Cartier Joaillerie. These incredible gems were sorted according to category before being placed within crystal cylinders and inserted into pink-gold flutes. This column, 7.5-feet high, required over 18 months of work, evolving from the initial sketches to the final creation. In accordance with the principles of Greco-Roman architecture, the artist ingeniously stacked several cylinders around a central axis.David Lynch chose to recreate an everyday object; his Jeweled Triangle lamp explores our relationship with objects, our connection with light and the symbolic power of precious stones. A machine in motion, this brilliant work creates a unique atmosphere in which the rhythmic movement of colored gems, combined with the effects of refracted light on smooth metal, reveal the hypnotic power of precious stones.Visit www.cartier.uslast_img read more