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Manchester Science Park based mobile app developer, Attido Mobile, has launched the first cross platform mobile app, PassWallet, to support Apple’s new Passbook ticketing format ahead of its official launch in September.
The app is available on Android and BlackBerry platforms with Windows Phone and Nokia Symbian versions to follow.
PassWallet brings all mobile tickets and vouchers together in one location on a smartphone. Tickets have a unique barcode or QR code that will be scanned by the retailer in lieu of a paper ticket. Tickets are automatically sorted by date of use or expiry and the most relevant is shown on the lock screen.
For example, if the user has a train ticket and a pre paid coffee shop card then the train ticket will be displayed on the lock screen on the day of travel. If the user is in range of the coffee shop on the way to the station, the ticket on the lock screen might change to the shop card – depending on how the retailer decides to work with the platform.
Andy Nugent, director at Attido Mobile, said of the development: “Retailers increasingly understand that mobile ticketing is the way forward – when we book things via the internet and receive confirmation via emails, why would the consumer or the retailer want to go to the unnecessary expense and bother of printing a ticket?”
“We wanted to support the growth of this area by being the first developers to provide cross platform apps that match and exceed what Apple’s Passbook will do when launched early September. At Attido Mobile we are passionate about making life easier or more interesting through innovative apps that work across platforms and we are pleased to add these apps to our own brand portfolio.”