LONDON, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LogicaCMG today announced that
the wireless solution it provided to Britannia Airways enabling cabin crew and
pilots to access flight and company information via a personal digital
assistant (PDA)- has been awarded the Sybase 2003 Innovator Award for Mobile
Solutions. The wireless solution which currently has over 2,300 users
eradicates the need for paper-based processes allowing flight, roster,
passenger, health and safety information to be captured quickly, reducing the
time taken for crew to check in.
LogicaCMG integrated an iAnywhere solution with Britannia Airways'
existing enterprise information system over a wireless network located in all
UK crew rooms, enabling the PDA to be used to access information. Britannia
Airways will save #500,000 per annum by automating 50 workflow processes,
eliminating the need for printed manuals and a dedicated electronic point of
The solution also supports the in-flight sales system, Skytrader, enabling
the PDA to act as a tax free point of sales application. Moreover, Britannia's
450 pilots are now able to access technical calculations, flight reports,
aviation journals and other records via their laptops.
During the pre-flight briefing, the wireless solution allows data to be
transferred to all crew simultaneously enabling them to perform concurrent
activity. Previously, crew members experienced bottlenecks at PCs and
printers. All crew can now connect wirelessly allowing flight data to be
captured within three minutes meaning the fifteen minute pre-flight window is
not threatened and flights are not delayed.
Iain Andrew, Britannia Airways' Director of IT and Change, said
"LogicaCMG's broad service portfolio allows Britannia to centralise all of its
development with highly qualified staff. I see LogicaCMG as a long-term
partner for Britannia".
This is the third year Sybase has run the awards for iAnywhere Solutions
Alliance Program members, LogicaCMG won the award for its innovative use of
iAnywhere Solutions. Tony Prendergast, service delivery manager, LogicaCMG
said, "This award highlights our commitment to providing wireless solutions
that enable businesses to rework traditional processes so that they operate
more effectively. It illustrates our ability to leverage strong partnerships
to provide our customers with the best solution to meet their business needs".
NOTES TO EDITORS
LogicaCMG also received the award for successful implementation of its
mobile ticketing solution provided to NoordNed, the second largest provider of
transportation services in the Netherlands. The mobile ticketing solution
which utilised iAnywhere products enables travellers to book tickets via
mobile telephone and receive an SMS ticket that inspectors validate against
information stored on PDA's. NoordNed have benefited through reduced queue
lengths at ticket offices and lower fraud incurred by people travel without
tickets. NoordNed have also achieved additional savings on the cost of
managing ticket sales by no longer using an external service to sell tickets.
LogicaCMG is a global solutions company providing management and IT
consultancy, systems integration and outsourcing services. With additional
expertise in wireless technology, the company supports clients across diverse
markets including telecoms, financial services, energy and utilities,
industry, distribution and transport and the public sector. Formed in December
2002 through the merger of Logica and CMG the company employs around
21,000 staff in offices across 34 countries and has nearly 40 years of
experience in the IT service arena. Headquartered in Europe, LogicaCMG is
listed on both the London and Amsterdam stock exchanges (LSE: LOG; AEX: LOG).
More information is available from www.logicacmg.com.
About Britannia Airways Ltd
Britannia Airways is part of TUI AG, one of the largest holiday companies
in the world. In addition to TUI, the best known brands in TUI AG include the
brands of the former Thomson Travel Group in the UK, now called TUI UK
(Thomson, Crystal, Lunn Poly), the former Scandinavian Fritidsresor group, now
called TUI Nordic (Fritidsresor, Star Tour, TEMA), and the airlines
Hapag-Lloyd Flug and Britannia.
Britannia Airways is the largest holiday airline in the UK with 30
aircraft and 3000 employees.
About iAnywhere Solutions
iAnywhere Solutions, Inc. empowers the unwired enterprise with always
available access to enterprise information. More than 12,000 customers
worldwide, including 78 of the Fortune 100, rely on the iAnywhere Solutions
industry leading database for mobile, embedded and small to medium sized
business environments as well as the company's mobile middleware and
m-Business solutions. In addition, eight million registered users leverage
AvantGo(R), the company's mobile Internet service. iAnywhere Solutions is a
subsidiary of Sybase, Inc. (NYSE: SY). Visit www.ianywhere.com for more