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In sync with COVID pandemic lifestyle; IIT-Guwahati students’ startup “Flyzy” helps travel contactless

Avishek Sengupta

If anything the past couple of months has taught us, it’s this COVID pandemic lifestyle — that of masks, hand sanitizers, social distancing, and traveling hassles – is going to stay with us long after it is over and we just will have to face, learn and adapt. To make that easy, a few students of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, have developed a mobile application named Flyzy that aids in a seamless air journey with minimal personal contact.

The app, developed by four students, basically provides a platform where the airport authorities, the various stalls in the airports, and the travelers, are connected in one single platform.

From the airport’s end, the app will enable safe and contactless boarding including easier baggage drops, manageable parking, better shopping experience and providing necessary updates during the whole journey, a release from the team, that was one of the finalists in Startup India COVID-19 Challange, a contest held under Union government’s initiative, mentioned.

Developers of the Flyzy app include Deepak Meena and Hansraj Patel of BTech third year, IIT Guwahati, and Arjit Singh of BTech fourth year, Jai Parkash Mukand Lal Institute of Engineering and Technology, or JMIT.

For the passengers, the app enables them to shop from the airport using the application and also allows them to pay from the application.

“They can either opt for the takeaway or gate delivery option. The application also supports multi-currency payments. For food ordering purposes, the app dynamically suggests the passenger the best option he could choose, based on the flight status. For instance, if the flight departs in 1 hour, the app will suggest the passenger the food items that could be prepared within the available time,” the release mentions.

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An inbuilt assistant will help the elderly to use the app easily, according to the IIT Guwahati release.

According to the developers, by bringing the whole process to phones, Flyzy will be able to make “air-travel completely personalized.” The app is hosted on the cloud, following the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) guidelines.

“The Founders believe that the application will help the aviation industry save money as the process will become automated, faster, and easier…The team is already in the process of speaking to the authorities for implementing the application at some airports,” according to the IIT Guwahati release.

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