The Sabre Group, IBM and Nokia team to create traveler service for
enhanced mobile phone
18, 1999) - The SABRE Group (NYSE: TSG), IBM and Nokia today
announced they are working on a real-time, interactive service - delivered via mobile
phone utilizing the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), a new open industry standard for
mobile Internet - that will allow travelers to initiate flight changes and even receive
updates from airlines anywhere, anytime. The service will combine SABRE Business Travel
Solutions, the company's online corporate travel purchasing system, IBM e-business
technologies and the latest mobile communications technology and terminals from Nokia.
Whether a traveler has had a meeting rescheduled or is running late for
a flight, this first-of-its-kind technology gives the ability to make new travel
arrangements while on the road. Travelers can use the phone's graphical display to request
flight details, change a flight or search for alternatives - from an office or hotel, or
even on the way to the airport.
"This service demonstrates the forward thinking of these three
companies and the next generation technology solutions specifically developed for
travelers," said Sam Gilliland, senior vice president of SABRE Travel Information
Network, a division of The SABRE Group, and general manager of SABRE BTS. "We
continuously work to incorporate new technologies into SABRE BTS that provide business
travelers more convenient access to their travel information. Wherever the business
traveler goes, SABRE BTS will be there to serve them."
With this combined technology, The SABRE Group, IBM and Nokia will be
able to manage and deliver information to business travelers anywhere in the world. When
the SABRE system determines the currently scheduled flight has been delayed or cancelled,
a message is sent to the traveler via the Nokia mobile phone. After receiving a message on
the phone's graphical display, the traveler can make adjustments to itineraries as needed.
"Today's announcement illustrates the impact pervasive computing
technology will have on everyday life, and its importance to the travel industry,"
said Greg Conley, general manager, IBM Global Travel and Transportation Industry.
"IBM is developing and delivering the essential technology that will enable consumer
devices, like mobile phones, to more easily and seamlessly communicate with remote
networks. We plan to leverage that investment by working with other industry leaders,
within and beyond the travel industry, to deliver a variety of end-to-end solutions."
Each of the three companies provides a critical element in the new
service. The SABRE Group is developing the application code that delivers travel-related
information and provides the ability to create and change travel bookings. IBM is
providing the application development tools and specialized software, which translates the
information from the SABRE system into a highly condensed form that can be sent to a
mobile phone. In addition, IBM will provide project management, design and programming
skills to the overall project. Nokia is providing the server through which the information
is sent on the wireless network, as well as the state-of-the-art Nokia phones that will
receive it. (See editor's note for more detail.)
"This important cooperation project is further proof of the
wireless Internet coming of age through the adoption of the Wireless Application Protocol
- an open industry standard that Nokia has had the privilege of creating among leading
companies in the communications and information technology industries," said Pertti
Lounamaa, vice president of Nokia Wireless Software Solutions, the Nokia business unit
responsible for the development of Nokia WAP software technology. "We are especially
pleased to be able to show travelers how Nokia, IBM and SABRE - leaders in their
respective industries - together can implement solutions that really make a difference.
Travel is all about mobility and with WAP-enabled mobile phones, a new era has
The SABRE BTS software suite consists of integrated modules for travel
booking, policy compliance, expense reporting and travel decision support. It gives
business travelers a quick and easy way to make their own travel arrangements on their
computers while complying with corporate policies. In addition, it enables corporations to
track every travel dollar from pre-planning and purchasing to expense reporting and
reimbursement - giving the potential to save as much as 30 percent in total travel
About The SABRE Group
The SABRE Group is a world leader in the electronic distribution of
travel and travel-related services around the globe, and is a leading provider of
information technology solutions for the travel and transportation industries, including
customized software development and software products, transaction processing, consulting
and total information technology outsourcing.
IBM's Pervasive Computing unit has responsibility for creating
e-business solutions that leverage the new class of connected client devices such as
handheld Internet appliances and screen phones. A key part of the team's mission is
furthering adoption of open industry standards for pervasive computing to help customers
easily access and act on information whenever and wherever they may be.
IBM's Global Travel & Transportation Industry Solutions unit
provides a broad range of products, services and integrated solutions to all segments of
travel and transportation, including airlines, hotels, other travel-related services, rail
and freight logistics. More can be found at www.ibm.com/solutions/travel.
Nokia is the world's leading mobile phone supplier and a leading
supplier of mobile and fixed telecom networks including related customer services. Nokia
also supplies solutions and products for fixed and wireless datacom, as well as multimedia
terminals and computer monitors. In 1998 net sales totaled FIM 79.2 billion (USD 15.7
billion). Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is listed on five European Stock Exchanges and
on the New York Stock Exchange (NOK.A), has sales in 130 countries and employs more than
44,000 people worldwide.
Nokia Wireless Software Solutions focuses on the development of WAP
technology. It also develops mobile applications and solutions for service providers and
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