Sabre Pacific unveils mobile tool

Sabre Pacific unveils mobile tool
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Sabre Pacific has launched its purpose-built mobile tool to the Australian market, signalling major changes lie ahead.

Abacus Mobile, accessible via tablet or smartphone, provides agents with the flexibility to access Sabre’s global distribution system outside office hours.

Although not a replacement for the desktop GDS, transactions usually carried out through the Sabre blue screen can now be done through a mobile device using a fully optimised interface and touch screen technology.

Its Australian launch comes in response to demand from the travel agent community and a growing trend towards mobile technology, according to Sabre Pacific chief information officer Mark Mison.

“This really isn’t just a one-off flash in the pan item,” he told Travel Today. “It represents Sabre’s response to that ongoing trend within the travel industry for the consumerisation of travel and the take-up of mobile devices.”

Mison said the product would continually evolve, predicting an eventual move away from the traditional blue screen towards a consumer-style interface.

“The trend is really only going in one direction. Although the blue screen is breathtakingly quick, its not necessarily intuitive,” he said.

He referred to Sabre Red as a good example of a desktop product which had seen a good take up of the graphical interface in preference to the blue screen.

“Within a year or two, I think we are going to increasingly see that the default interface will be the multi-touch screen,” he forecast, adding the changes would have a "huge impact" on travel.

Meanwhile, he insisted that Australia was on the pulse of mobile developments, with the APAC region "setting the pace".

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