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The next step in developing travel services that work across a number of wearable devices including smart watches and Google Glass has been unveiled by Sabre.
Travel itinerary management app TripCase claims to be the first travel app of its kind to integrate with the Samsung Gear S smartwatch.
The integration allows the traveller to click a notification on the watch, to open the TripCase app at the relevant place on the mobile device, and will include a click-to-call feature next month.
Additionally, travellers using Android Wear devices and the Pebble and Pebble Steel watches, can receive TripCase travel notifications directly to their wearable devices.
TripCase users wearing the devices will receive real-time flight alerts, gate changes and other travel information conveniently on their wrists at a time when minute counts.
The initial integration lays the ground work for more advanced TripCase services to be accessible on wearable technology in the future.
TripCase is on pace to manage more than 25 million trips in 2014 and follows Sabre showcasing its Google Glass prototype flight finder app at World Travel Market.
John Samuel, senior vice president, said: “As the adoption of wearable technology grows, we want to ensure that the travel industry is ready to leverage this technology and serve travellers on the device they prefer.
“Wearable technology is fast becoming a prominent means of customer notification and communication. We’re looking to take it even further – from a one-way means of communication to an interactive, on-the-go service experience.”
Juniper Research forecasts that worldwide spending on wearable technology will hit £870 million this year and will reach £12 billion by 2018.
“Wearable technologies – such as smartwatches and heads-up devices like Google Glass – will forever change the way consumers experience travel – from shopping via virtual reality to voice command recommendation,” said Samuel.
“Creating these full service experiences require not just smart devices but also more precise location services and smart recommendation services.”