Airport app lands just in time
Marlboro entrepreneur makes connecting easier for passengers
Sunday, May 5, 2013
..Local entrepreneur Wayne Chen wants his new app to take off with harried air travelers — literally.
The 67-year-old has created Connect On Time, a free app for iPhones and iPads that provides customized maps of 42 global airports and calculates how much time travelers actually need to reach their respective flight gates upon their arrival.
“In doing my research, there isn’t any place else you can get this kind of info,” Chen, president of Mo’zippity Apps in Marlboro, told the Herald. “I’ve flown enough and gotten lost enough to say, ‘There’s a way to solve this.’ ”
Connect On Time, the first app from Mo’zippity, a division of Chen’s IT company WT Chen & Co. Inc., comes free with three activated airports — Abu Dhabi International, Honolulu International and London’s Stansted Airport.
The app’s other 39 airports, including Logan International Airport, can be accessed for $1.99 a piece, Chen said.
Connect On Time users can view a detailed yet scaled map of an entire airport, complete with gate locations, and passport and security control checkpoints they must pass through. Upon typing in a starting location and a “go to” location, the app calculates within 15 to 30 seconds how long it can take to get from one checkpoint to the other, Chen said.
Connect On Time also contains dropdown menus with information about terminal shuttles and airline locations.
Chen added Mo’zippity is working to increase the app’s airport count to include all of the world’s top 100 busiest airports; make the app available for Android devices; and give it multiple language capabilities.
“Last year the number of individuals that flew exceeded one billion for the first time and that number is expected to increase in the next 10 years by another billion,” Chen said. “Lots of travelers are going to be seniors as well as Asians flying to Europe and the U.S., which is a driver and motivator for me to have multiple language versions.”
Chen said Connect On Time’s database of airport information was largely collected by him and other staff physically walking through all airports included on the app.
“Every airport just confirmed for us that airport signage is confusing, airport personnel aren’t helpful and comprehensive airport maps are scarcer than hen’s teeth,” Chen said. “The information is needed because millions of people are late and hundreds of millions of people are always stressed out.”