Amadeus | December 17, 2020
Amadeus and Star Alliance framed an partnership that will give travelers biometric identity verification at a developing number of airports, with the point of making a more touchless travel experience.
Travelers enrolled Star Alliance Biometrics, which was dispatched in November, or Amadeus Traveler ID, will have the option to take advantage of identity verification services at various airports.
Star Alliance Biometric enables travelers to navigate through check-in kiosks, bag-drops and boarding gates with facial recognition technology.
For its part, Amadeus Traveler ID interfaces traveler’s digital IDs to online and biometric portals.
Amadeus | May 12, 2021
Amadeus, a Madrid-based firm aims to diversify its revenue streams. According to Skift, the organization has quietly launched Nexwave, a startup incubator that identifies promising projects and nurtures the company's next generation of products.
“The pandemic has shown how Amadeus can help the travel industry by linking the dots and ensuring that our industry can collaborate more effectively and efficiently,” said Marion Mesnage, Nexwave's CEO.
Nexwave, a unit of just more than 100 staff, is in the process of incubating product features and functionalities. The aim is to pursue new companies that can diversify the travel tech giant's revenue streams beyond retail and operating tools.
The team's thematic interests have been intensified as a result of the pandemic. The team is now focusing on brands that keep travelers updated, assist shoppers in traveling safely, and assist travelers in connecting to the most meaningful aspects of local destinations. It also started testing new tools for travelers, such as automating the process of exchanging travelers' health-related details and assisting hoteliers in surfacing relevant events for guests at a destination.
Traveler ID is a service that automates the task of verifying one's identity. Airlines and airports are now unable to keep up with long lines of travelers as agents manually check health status certifications.
Air Europa, a Spanish airline, became the first to test Traveler ID in late April. Passengers may use the technology to confirm they have the required health documents at check-in while being on an airline's website or app. It eliminates manual labor for both the passenger and the airline.
The capability is integrated into the airline's IT scheme, allowing for self-service check-in. During the testing period, Air Europa passengers flying to Spain will use an online form to confirm they hold the required health documentation.
Travelers will be able to search and submit records for automated verification, such as shared QR codes from labs, national health services, and health platform providers, in the future. The aim is to sync with wireless health wallets like CommonPass.
Feasy is another Nexwave project. This is a consumer-facing "digital concierge" that deals with travelers via chat apps like WhatsApp or Messenger.
Mesnage concluded that the digital message would be more important than today's random emails from suppliers. The organization will be aware of a customer's address, the airport terminal from which they will leave, the distance to travel, and traffic updates. It will also have a clear idea of how open a customer will be to thinking about booking any particular add-on, taking into account the stage of a traveler's journey.
Amadeus is now incorporating the ideas into CheckMyTrip, a remote travel assistant mostly used for business travelers.
nomad.me | October 28, 2021
With the busy holiday travel on the horizon, industry leaders Nick Reid and Todd Copley has recently launched nomad.me, a new travel subscription service poised to disrupt the industry with breakthrough aggregation technology and a zero commission markup model.
Aimed at savvy leisure and business travelers looking to maximize value, the new platform enables members to pay $295 annually to access the company's proprietary technology to book the lowest possible rates – with a savings up to 60% – at over two million hotels, flights, car rentals, cruises and more.
According to Reid – who has worked in every facet of the travel industry, including for such industry leaders as Thai Airways International – this community-based subscription model allows members to exclusively access the company's proprietary aggregation booking engine.
"We are focused on revolutionizing the travel industry with an easier and improved buying experience, offering the best possible pricing because there are no markups or commissions,"
Copley, a longtime travel industry executive with expertise in the global tour operator sector, travel product development and international hospitality contracting, says nomad.me dovetails into a growing trend – embracing a membership model accelerated by online perusing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"With the launch of nomad.me, we are meeting a growing demand with forward thinking technology," he said. "The subscription economy was on the rise before the pandemic but intensified its reach into nearly every industry as the outbreak persisted. This trend is expected to continue."
Offering enticing travel perks and deals, nomad.me is a community-based travel subscription business that allows members of its closed user group to access a proprietary aggregation booking engine. For more information, visit https://nomad.me/.