On Track Innovations, a New Jersey-based contactless microprocessor company, has supplied smart stickers to Air New Zealand to help frequent travelers on the airline’s domestic flights check-in and board faster.
A smart sticker is attached to the back of a traveler’s mobile phone that serves as a permanent and reusable boarding pass. Frequent flyers simply present their smart sticker-enabled mobile phone to specially equipped kiosks or gate scanners, and their information is immediately retrieved, making the boarding process paperless.
OTI’s smart sticker is an entirely self-contained, contactless payment device that adheres to multiple surfaces including mobile phones and PDAs. This feature enables issuers to add contactless payment capabilities to existing mobile devices independent of the handset type and model.
For the time being, the Air New Zealand program will not be utilizing the sticker’s payment capabilities. The OTI smart sticker serves to upgrade products already in circulation, providing a quick time-to-market, cost effective solution, which is expected to assist issuers in increasing market share.