LocusLabs and Grab partner on contactless F&B

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LocusLabs has announced that the web version of its indoor mapping and location platform is now fully integrated with the Grab airport mobile ordering platform.

The integration enables passengers to find food vendors near their location in the airport terminal, place a mobile order, and use step-by-step wayfinding to navigate to the vendor, all within a browser window on a mobile device. The functionality was first deployed in connection with the maps at the new state-of-the-art LaGuardia Terminal B by LaGuardia Gateway Partners, the manager and developer of the terminal and a member of Vantage Airport Group.

Grab is an airport e-commerce platform that connects participating airport restaurants and stores to travelers and enables contactless ordering and payments, providing an efficient process that reduces the spread of germs by minimizing human interaction.

“We’re pleased to partner with LocusLabs and Grab to maintain safety, improve efficiency and enhance the passenger experience at LaGuardia Terminal B and across our broader network of airports,” said Steve Thody, senior director of project initiatives at Vantage Airport Group. “Vantage has always embraced the opportunity to do things differently. As our work on a contactless airport journey – from digital wayfinding and signage to hands-free ordering and payment – was already underway prior to Covid-19, Vantage and its partners are well positioned to help travelers navigate the new reality of air travel precipitated by the pandemic.”

For airports and airlines that activate the Grab integration in their LocusLabs smart maps, their passengers will be able to locate desired or nearby food service options, browse menus, place an order and pay the bill all from their mobile device browser. By ordering and paying directly from their mobile device, travelers can avoid touching menus, bills and credit card machines and have one less safety and hygiene worry. Additionally, airports and airlines can use QR codes on airport signage to promote food, retail and service options, automatically launching a map experience that shows the locations of restaurants and shops.

The cooperation between LocusLabs and Grab expands the audience for mobile food ordering throughout the network of LocusLabs airport and airline partners. As the leader in connected mapping for aviation, LocusLabs offers high-quality digital maps for more than 100 airports globally, and partners with more than a dozen of the world’s largest airlines.

The Grab platform, available for iOS and Android devices, can be used at any participating airport by simply entering the airport name when prompted.  Participating merchants are then searchable by food/shop type and location such as by nearby terminals or gates.  Easy-to-follow navigation is then provided to the pickup destination.

“The integration of LocusLabs maps with Grab functionality gives hungry travelers everything they need right at their fingertips and puts the power in their hands to help stay safe and avoid queues as they navigate through the airport,” said Jeff Livney, chief experience officer at Grab. “Our combined technology minimizes staff and passenger interaction to give both groups peace of mind, reducing the burden on the airport team and information desk, and helping people to social distance.”

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