Published: 08th June 2020
IIT Guwahati students' Flyzy app is making air travel safe and contactless for passengers. Here's how
The application also has a Smart UI Assistant which helps the elderly to use the app easily. We find out what more it can do
Students of Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati have developed a mobile application, called Flyzy, to provide a seamless air travelling experience to passengers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The idea is not only relevant during the current scenario but also on regular days. The main idea behind the application is to provide a seamless, contactless journey to passengers as they move through the airport - especially for first-time flyers. The application will guide them thoroughly and provide them with an easy understanding and implementation of several airport functions.
How does it work? By giving you step by step updates and alerts to help you through the airport seamlessly. Talking about their work, the Flyzy team explained that the app will make air-travel completely personalised - by bringing everything on the phone - as the app is hosted on the cloud and proper IATA and DGCA guidelines were followed and that it does so many things without human interaction or contact. "The mission is to build Flyzy into India’s Finest Aviation IT Technology Company for providing a stress-free and safe journey to flyers. The aim of the application is to provide contactless boarding keeping in mind the easier baggage drop, manageable parking, better shopping experience and providing necessary updates during the whole journey. The main aim now is to make it easier for passengers to maintain social-distancing at airports," says Deepak.
Passengers can also shop from the airport using the application and can also pay from the application. They can either opt for the takeaway or gate delivery option. The application also supports multi-currency payments. For food ordering purpose, the app dynamically suggests the passenger the best option he could choose, based on the flight status. For instance, if the flight departs in an hour, the app will suggest the passenger the food items that could be prepared within the available time. The application also has a Smart UI Assistant which helps the elderly to use the app easily. Other features of the application include real-time flight notifications, universal Web Check-in portal, check-in baggage status and map of the airport.
The application has been developed by Deepak Meena, third-year BTech student, Department of Chemistry, Hansraj Patel, third-year BTech student, Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Arjit Singh, fourth-year BTech student, Department of Electrical Engineering, JMIT. Flyzy has been developed as per International Air Transport Association (IATA) guidelines.
The team began working on the app since December 2019 and it took them around five months to complete the entire process of developing it. "The focus of the start-up is the software that we have developed will be installed at the airports. The application is our way of taking the software to the public. Moreover, it's a hybrid software which will support face-biometric recognition in the future, without even changing the complete software system of the airport. With this, we believe that the application will help the aviation industry save money as the process will become automated, faster and easier. The start-up provides an end-to-end service at a low infrastructure cost. The team is already in the process of speaking to the authorities for implementing the application at some airports," adds Deepak.
The IIT Guwahati students registered their start-up Flyzy in January this year and it has been recognised by Startup India. The application will be available for download free of cost on Android, IoS phones and also on smartwatches.