Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 21 - Page 12

NEWS SITA Air Transport Community announces innovation winners T he SITA Air Transport Community Foundation, in partnership with Wits University and the Tshimologong Precinct, has awarded a US$10,000 prize to students Jules Ntumba, Tso Mello and Fiona Ndlovu. Team One Exceptional and its members, Jules Ntumba, Tso Mello and Fiona Ndlovu, were awarded the top cash prize for their winning idea, which was targeted at 50+ first time travellers. The group, one of seven finalists, was shortlisted through a competition to address what information, tools or technology first- time air travellers in Africa need to make their journeys easy, successful and enjoyable. “Young people don’t usually have difficulties navigating around an airport, but an older, potentially illiterate traveller will experience challenges,” said Mello. “It gets more difficult for them because they are not as tech-savvy as younger people. Our research showed that in Africa one out of three people above the age of 50 can’t read and we wanted to cater to them.” From left: Jules Ntumba Tso Mello and Fiona Ndlovu Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at SITA Air Transport Community Foundation, Amber Harrison, said: “SITA’s focus is on information technology and education in Africa. We created this innovation award to highlight the challenges and opportunities for a continent that is seeing a changing demographic, coupled with growth in technology and aviation. The quality of submissions was of a high standard and it is encouraging to witness the brimming innovation in South Africa.” ////////////////// Ethiopian Airlines app adds Alipay through mobile payment platform E thiopian Airlines, the largest aviation group in Africa and SkyTrax Four Star Airline, has partnered with CellPoint to accept payments via Chinese firm Alipay. This is the first APM integration for CellPoint Mobile as part of an ongoing partnership with the flag carrier of Ethiopia. “CellPoint Mobile has demonstrated its commitment and knowledge of the Africa region as a member of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), as well as its global reach as a payment service provider,” said Miretab Teklaye, Director Digital, at Ethiopian Airlines. “The Alipay integration is the first in our PSP partnership in China and an important step in our airline’s growth strategy for the mobile channel.” Earlier this year, Ethiopian Airlines and CellPoint Mobile announced an ongoing partnership that includes implementation of the Velocity payment platform – a full merchant-side payment control environment built specifically for the travel industry. Velocity’s comprehensive platform enables immediate access to multiple PSPs, acquirers and global consumer wallets and APMs. “By adding support for Alipay, Ethiopian Airlines is strengthening its position not only as the flag carrier of Ethiopia, but as a leading airline for commercial air travel within Africa,” said Ciaran Wilson, Senior Sales & Account Director at CellPoint Mobile. 12 INTELLIGENTCIO www.intelligentcio.com