Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Houston airports first to offer turn-by-turn wayfinding app
By Olivia Pulsinelli
The Houston (TX) Business Journal
The Houston Airport System is working with a San Francisco-based company to launch a new turn-by-turn wayfinding option for travelers.
Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport are the first airports worldwide to offer the technology from LocusLabs. The application, dubbed “Maps Online,” will launch on fly2houston.com this month, according to a June 26 press release.
The new feature will work on a mobile, desktop or tablet device and does not require downloading a separate app. It will offer both graphic and text directions with turn-by-turn points listed, as well the estimated time it will take to walk to the destination. Additionally, a search feature will help find points of interest including gates, ground transportation, ticket kiosks, shops, restaurants, security checkpoints and more.
Both airports have been in the middle of massive overhauls in recent years. Hobby’s $156 million expansion project — in which Dallas-based Southwest Airlines added an international terminal — was completed in 2015. At IAH, Chicago-based United Airlines has been overhauling multiple terminals. The multifaceted project includes a new international terminal, as well as a new terminal for United.