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Global Startup Heat Map: 5 Top Solutions impacting the Travel Sector Post-COVID
The 5 startups you will explore below are chosen based on our data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. This analysis is based on the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering over 1.3 million startups & scaleups globally.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights the 5 startups developing COVID-influenced solutions our Innovation Researchers curated for this report. Moreover, you get insights into regions that observe a high startup activity and the global geographic distribution of the 1.633 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
BAGTAG offers a Touchless Check-in Solution
After the COVID-19 outbreak, many people feel uncomfortable flying and are afraid of contracting the virus on the airplane. Consequently, there is a push for touchless technologies that provide passengers the confidence to travel. Hands-free solutions enable air companies to restore their revenues, providing safe traveling experiences to passengers conscious of health and safety.
Dutch startup BAGTAG develops Electronic Bag Tag, a touchless check-in software solution. It gives passengers control over check-in and optimizes baggage operations at the airport. The solution reduces the time and points of contact during check-in. It increases operational efficiency and improves the passenger experience.
Otelika develops a Contactless Hotel Solution
To meet traveler’s safety expectations and create a safe work environment while following COVID-19 regulations, hotels are minimizing contact points, as well as interactions between travelers and staff. As a result, there has been a rise in the adoption of contactless hotel solutions. These solutions improve the staff performance and safety and enhance the traveler experience.
Turkish startup Otelika offers a software solution for contactless hotel services. The solution enables visitors to check-in, quickly access in-hotel services in their native language, and view their order status. It sends instant digital orders and requests to the hotel corporate software, as well as the Otelika interface. The solution enables hotels to provide a safe and fast contactless experience, improves the productivity of hotel staff, and enhances increasing visitor satisfaction.
Blue Biometrics develops Contactless Fingerprint Technology
Airports and hotels use fingerprint technology to enable seamless interactions for convenient traveler experiences. The technology allows access to rooms via fingerprints and semi-contactless check-ins. With social distancing and other precautionary measures, contactless fingerprint recognition is gaining traction in the travel industry.
Australian startup Blue Biometrics develops contactless fingerprint technology. The startup’s technology works with standard distributed devices such as smartphones, tablets, self-service kiosks, and the Internet of Things (IoT) devices. It turns smartphone cameras into contactless fingerprint scanners to provide biometric identity verification, delivering passenger security and convenience.
SafeConnect offers a Virtual Interlining Solution
Virtual interlining enables travelers to book multi-ticket flights and offers insurance against disruption. It has become particularly useful during the COVID-pandemic not only for travelers and travel agencies but also for the airlines. With real-time information exchange, interlining solutions assure in a period marked by flight delays and cancelations. This helps airlines gain passenger loyalty.
Bulgarian startup SafeConnect builds plug & play, customized software solutions to understand, build, evaluate, and protect self-connecting flight combinations. The SafeConnect API allows airlines to display connection information to users and perform background operations to improve customer experience and optimize schedules. It enables travel agencies to measure connection risk, construct unique flight combinations, and build a strategy regarding protecting travelers against missed connections. The startup’s solutions serve online travel agencies, airlines, and insurance companies.
SMOOSS builds a Rebooking Platform
COVID-19 caused massive flight and train travel cancellations as many countries repeatedly changed travel restrictions to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, in addition to health concerns, travelers feared getting stuck in another country or at the airport. To win back customer loyalty, travel companies are leveraging rebooking tools that improve the customer experience while keeping it profitable for the airlines.
French startup SMOOSS develops a merchandising and customer care platform for the railway, airlines, hospitality, and travel agencies. The startup offers tailor-made solutions designed on top of reservation systems. The startup’s solution enables passengers to rebook on any carrier through negotiated disruption fares and restores customer confidence through a journey. It also enables travel companies to increase revenue and improve customer experience.
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