Bar Coded Boarding Passes (BCBP)

The days of boarding passes based on magnetic stripe technology may be numbered. Aviation technology has predicted mobile phones will become indispensable travel tools as 90% or more of airline passengers carry a mobile phone. Passengers will be able to use their phones to hold all their travel documents including an e-passport, boarding passes, baggage receipts and visas.

Bar Coded Boarding Passes (BCBP) is one of the initiatives mandated by IATA’s Board of Governors under the Simplifying the Business (StB) program to reduce costs and enhance passenger experience. BCBP, the new standard for boarding passes, defines a two-dimensional (2D) bar code that replaces the magnetic (mag) stripes defined in the Automated Ticket and Boarding Pass Version 2 (ATB2) standard. By the end of 2010 all IATA members will be 100% BCBP, and magnetic stripe boarding passes will be history.

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2D bar codes provide a storage capacity similar to magnetic stripes, which enables interline boarding passes and can be accessed via the web, kiosk, mobile phone or check-in desk. These bar codes can be sent to mobile phones, creating electronic boarding passes for paperless travel for passengers as well as reducing costs for airlines.

QwikCheck, a solution accelerator developed by Hexaware facilitates generation of 2D bar coded boarding passes that is compliant with the symbologies provided below.

This ready to use solution could be easily integrated with any existing DCS system and enhances the web and mobile check-in facilities to offer passengers the option to receive a 2D bar code on their mobile phone, i.e. get a mobile BCBP, a bar code being displayed on the screen of the mobile phone instead of being printed on paper.

Functional Architecture

Key Benefits

The QwikCheck BCBP solution provides significant benefits for its three main stakeholders:

  • Airlines
  • Airports
  • Passengers

The key benefits for airlines are:

  • Seamless integration of the solution with the existing system
  • Reduced check-in costs with the direct delivery of boarding passes
  • Reduced equipment cost when replacing mag stripes by 2D bar codes

The key benefits for airports are:

  • Passengers spend less time in check-in lines
  • Better use of space
  • Lower maintenance costs

The key benefits for passengers are:

  • Less time and hassle in airports when boarding pass delivered directly on the web or mobile phone
  • Single boarding pass for the entire journey

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