United Airlines received the five millionth iPAQ Pocket PC ever manufactured, which will be used in a customized in-flight catering solution that allows customers to enjoy specialty cuisine at 35,000 feet.
Integration solutions company Abanco created an in-flight catering solution for the airline industry that allows flight attendants to offer dining options from name brand restaurants to their customers. The United flight attendants use the iPAQs to process individual traveler selections by checking the inventory, placing the order and processing the transaction for the customer on the spot, and the customer then quickly receives their meal.
"This customized iPAQ solution allows our flight attendants to individualize our customers flying experience using innovative mobile technology," said Bill Dove, Director Worldwide Catering, United Airlines. "With hundreds of flights already offering choices from popular restaurants such as the Hard Rock Cafe, we are seeing an enthusiastic customer response to this unique service."
HP technology enables mobile environments, such as United Airlines' in-flight catering service, across every customer segment; from consumers and the wireless handhelds they use, businesses of all sizes and the "mobile workplace" they create, and service providers and the infrastructure that enables mobile technology. HP is the only company with a portfolio of products that span the entire mobility spectrum -- from devices to servers, software, infrastructure, and services.
"Five Million iPAQ Pocket PCs and our history of industry-leading innovation continue to define the handheld category," said Alex Gruzen, senior vice president and general manager, HP Mobile Computing Global Business Unit. "Individuals and solution providers alike look to HP to drive the future of mobile computing with cutting-edge technologies that open new markets and opportunities."
According to HP, the company was the first to integrate Bluetooth into a handheld, first with a transflective screen for clear outdoor viewing, and the first with integrated biometrics. This innovation continued with the introduction of iPAQ h4150 and h4350, one of the thinnest and lightest Pocket PC product lines on the market to include both Bluetooth technology and integrated wireless LAN network access in one device.