Traveling through an airport is enough. Imagine the added stress most business travelers experience in airports while lugging laptops, cellular phones and pagers to keep up with their business demands. At Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, the business world just became a little simpler.
On Friday, September 12, Atlanta-based Blueshift Geodesics, Inc. will unveil its first CyberOasis on the T Concourse of the South Terminal (Delta Air Lines). CyberOasis is a kiosk-based, fully automated business center which gives individuals fast, convenient and economical access to a wide range of services, including email, faxing, Internet access and popular business software. Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell will officially cut the ribbon and send the first Email to activate the kiosk’s services.
Hartsfield International Airport is a hub for millions of international and domestic business travelers. The airport has made a commitment to provide cutting-edge technology services to these travelers. Encouraging vendors such as Blueshift Geodesics to provide quality technology services is part of that strategy.
The comprehensive business services offered by CyberOasis set it apart from other Internet kiosk products on the market. While its competitors offer standard Internet access only, CyberOasis offers users a spectrum of services including:
High-speed Internet browsing AOL/Compuserve access Business applications (Microsoft, Corel, Lotus suites) Telephone Travel reservations News/Sports/Weather Email Fax services Laser printing FTP/Gopher/Usenet Financial updates
“Most current kiosk technology provides simple information retrieval or shopping,” said Hitesh Shah, chief executive officer of Blueshift Geodesics. “CyberOasis is industrial-strength business support for executives on the move. It is their office at their fingertips–right here, right now, when they need it.”
What about those business travelers who carry laptop computers? While laptops are an increasingly common piece of luggage for travelers, many are difficult to connect in airports for online communications. Most laptop modems only operate at 33.3 Kbps. The success of CyberOasis lies in its ability to meet the online demands of business users through its reliance on high-speed digital telecommunications — CyberOasis provides transmission rates from 128 Kbps to 512 Kbps, more than 15 times that of laptop computers.
To make CyberOasis not only fast but also easy, the service combines magnetic stripe credit card readers and easy-to-read, point-and-click instructions on the user interface. Users simply slide a major credit card through the reader, click the desired service and CyberOasis is ready to go to work. While some services are free, the basic price for CyberOasis usage is 33 cents per minute. Domestic faxes are $1 per page, sent or received. Laser printing is 50 cents per page. CyberOasis will also print a receipt if necessary. CyberOasis services at Hartsfield will be free for two weeks, from September 12 through September 26.
The CyberOasis at Hartsfield is one of two of the first installations in Blueshift Geodesics’ national strategy. A kiosk at Kern County Airport in Bakersfield, Ca., will also launch on Friday. The company plans to launch 10 more locations this year and several hundred locations during 1998 at airports and convention centers. Blueshift Geodesics plans to dominate this burgeoning market by offering the most services in a variety of locations.
Blueshift Geodesics, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., was launched in 1996 by its parent company, Atlanta-based Blueshift, Inc., a five-year-old provider of information technology solutions. Its primary focus is software development services and consulting to corporations ranging from mid-sized regional companies to Fortune 500 clientele.Details