SFO’s Information Technology team recognized at the annual “CIO 100” awards for the second consecutive year

Airport information technology team honored for a second year in a row

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-May-04 — /Travel PR News/ — the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has been honored by IDG’s CIO magazine, a worldwide resource for Chief Information Officers and information technology leaders.  For a second consecutive year, SFO’s Information Technology and Telecommunications (ITT) team has been recognized in the magazine’s annual “CIO 100” awards for continuing to drive information technology innovations in the airport industry.

For this year’s award, the Airport’s ITT group was honored for creating TaxiQ, a mobile app developed in-house for use by authorized taxi operators at the Airport.  The app determines when a driver has accepted a “short” fare, involving transport to the cities immediately surrounding SFO, and provides head-of-line privileges when the driver returns to the Airport.

“Technology continues to revolutionize the airport experience, and our ITT group keeps SFO at the cutting edge,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero.  “Our team has shown how innovation can transform the passenger experience and create incredible results in achieving business goals.  We appreciate being recognized on a global scale by the respected staff of CIO magazine.”

“Technology innovation and business value have always been at the heart of our CIO 100 awards, which honor the IT organizations thriving on the front lines of the digital revolution,” said Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief, CIO Events.  “This year’s winning companies are outstanding examples of how IT leadership, business collaboration and customer engagement are shaping the future.”

TaxiQ represents the second mobile app developed in-house by SFO for ground transportation tracking.  In 2015, the Airport launched an Application-Based Commercial Transport (ABCT) System, which tracks app-enabled Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) operating at the Airport boundaries, such as Lyft, Uber, and Wingz.  SFO was honored for the application with a “Best of California” award by the Center for Digital Government, which recognizes public-sector employees and local government organizations for their contribution to information technology issues in the State of California.

The previous year, SFO unveiled a prototype version of a smartphone application which can help visually-impaired passengers to navigate through an airport terminal.  The app was developed through San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program, which paired SFO with the Indoo.rs, a leader in indoor navigation technology, to develop the prototype in a relatively short span of 16 weeks.

SFO’s Information Technology and Telecommunications (ITT) is a telecom, network, internet and hosting service provider to the Airport and its business partners including airlines, concession tenants and government agencies.  ITT’s vision is to lead the way in taking on new challenges in technology adoption and management in the aviation industry and the government sector.

About San Francisco International Airport
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 46 international cities on 39 international carriers. The Bay Area’s largest airport connects non-stop with 80 cities in the U.S. on 13 domestic airlines.  SFO is proud to offer upgraded free Wi-Fi with no advertising.  For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit www.flysfo.com. Follow us on www.twitter.com/flysfo and  www.facebook.com/flysfo.

SOURCE: San Francisco International Airpor

CONTACT: Doug Yakel
Public Information Officer
Communications & Marketing
San Francisco International Airport
650.821.4000
Doug.Yakel@flysfo.com

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