SITA 'not institutionally ready' for IoT

SITA ready
for IOT?

SA State IT Agency
outlines strategy.

Sunday, Dec 16th

AI not a priority for Africa’s commercial airlines industry

AI not a priority for Africa’s commercial airlines industry

Flight booking and reservation systems have not been adapted to embrace technology like Artificial Intelligence (AI), but this is about to change.

So claims Meir Hadassi Turner, CEO of Israeli multinational AeroCRS, an airline customer reservation system.

Turner was speaking on the sidelines of a press briefing focused on a partnership between AeroCRS and Kenya-based payment solution company DirectPay Online.

AeroCRS has had presence in the Kenya market for the past twelve years.

The partnership has been established to facilitate digital payments, including mobile money transactions, for clients on the AeroCRS platform.

Turner said there was a lack of AI technology implementation within the industry, which is in line with the findings of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) 2018 report focused on the future of the airline industry.

An excerpt from the report reads: "The airline industry appears to react to new technology rather than lead the way. Disruption to existing airline models may come from energy breakthroughs, alternative modes of transport, big data and data transparency, new manufacturing tools, and quantum computing."

It added that apart from the cost of integrating new technology in aviation, the data management requirements of various regions is a major challenge to introducing new customer management solutions.

Turner said although the company does not currently use AI in its systems, it is experimenting with the technology in revenue management.

AreoCRS is also looking to work with AI-focused start-ups to introduce new technology by leveraging CockPit Innovation, a fund established to support the aviation industry.

The company also announced its partnership with Kiwi.com to offer virtual interline for smaller airlines and this will enable smaller carriers to work with bigger international airlines and facilitate end-to-end booking services.

ALSO ON ITWEB AFRICA

Entersekt gains early certification for e-commerce authentication solution Published on 13 December 2018

Entersekt has gained EMVCo certification for its 3-D Secure 2 access control server.

Smart cities. Is it wise to get smarter? Published on 12 December 2018

We all want smarter cities, but we need to sharpen our ability to navigate the threat landscape and stay ahead of cybercriminals warns Simon McCullough, Major Channel Account Manager, F5 Networks.

Namibia to improve ease of doing business Published on 10 October 2016

ICT one of several key imports characterising ongoing and growing trade between the two Southern African countries.

Global Citizen Festival: HP vows to reach 100,000 learners Published on 03 December 2018

At the event hosted in Johannesburg recently, company announces commitment and opens tech-enabled HP LIFE Centre.