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New Beacon Company Brings Intelligence to In-Flight Entertainment, Banks
Conichiwa, a spinoff of German hotel app firm conichi, is providing systems that recognize an individual or item based on beacon transmissions, and can thus personalize service or improve efficiency.
Feb 24, 2017—
German Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)-powered hotel app company conichi has launched a new firm—based on its success with hotel-based solutions—that aims for a larger market beyond hospitality. Conichiwa, a spinoff of conichi, intends to serve the needs of its customers, such as aerospace companies, for inflight entertainment systems, as well as banks, retailers, museums, events managers and logistics providers. ("Konnichiwa," in Japanese, means "hello.")
Conichi was founded in 2013 to provide a smart hotel experience. Its founders sought a system to make hotel check-in and checkout faster and more convenient for guests. The company says its inspiration comes from nature—specifically, from the jackdaw, a bird known to recognize faces. The aim of the conichi technology was to bring to the hotel industry that ability to automatically recognize customers or regular visitors at an establishment.
The system can also trigger payments at restaurants, bars or stores at a hotel. This could enable guests to quickly approve a payment, the company explains, and continue on their way without standing in line at the point of sale.
In 2015, conichi was contacted by an aerospace equipment and systems company that the company declines to name. It was interested in learning what the technology could provide beyond the hospitality market. The company makes inflight entertainment systems, and it began working with conichi to develop a system that could improve the flight experience for flight passengers.
As a result of this work, as well as conversations with companies in other sectors, the firm launched conichiwa as a solution provider beyond the hotel industry, says Leo Klattenhoff, conichiwa's business-development manager. "We've now made it possible for customers to integrate location-based payment, access-management and asset-tracking solutions into mobile apps," he says. "We've enabled customers to connect the physical world with the digital, and create interactive objects."
In the case of the aviation company, the BLE technology is aimed at enhancing the company's system for audio and video on demand, interactive games and other features. The solution being developed completed by April of this year, Klattenhoff reports.
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