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New web service updates airplane arrivals

New web service updates airplane arrivals

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Pierre Jourdain of PPCLIC! works on the system whereby mobile phone users can check flight arrival times, even in a taxi. PHOTO BY STUART ALAN BECKER

A NEW web service that easily loads into any smartphone now enables people getting ready to head for the airport to check on arrivals and departures while stuck in traffic on the way.

According to PPCLIC managing director Pierre Jourdain, in a deal with Cambodian airports concession SCA, real-time information is provided about flight arrival and departure times.

Technologist Jourdain, together with partner Thierry Dralimier, the head of Kosan Engineering and the Belgian Consul in Cambodia, started PPCLIC to help people get local information in real time, both from the website (www.ppcl.mobi) and from their mobile devices.

Jourdain says PPCLIC is a website, not an application, which means any smartphone can use it – iPhone, HTC, Android or Blackberry. All users need to do is type in the website.

“One of the most interesting features of PPCLIC is the agenda function,” Jourdain said.

“Every PPCLIC user can maintain an agenda of the events in Phnom Penh and receive a free SMS one hour before the events starts, whether it is a concert, theatre or show.”

Users on the PPCLIC website can also send free SMS messages from the website to inform them of interesting events in Phnom Penh, including about incoming and outgoing flights from Phnom Penh Airport – to notify friends if flights are on time. Jourdain, 49, from Brussels, Belgium, is the technical brains behind the PPCLIC website, which has been on the air for two months.

Now it is mostly in English with some French, but the next version will be in the Khmer language, making it widely useful to the Cambodian population.

With restaurants that are listed on the PPCLIC website, the user can bring up a Google map on his mobile device to show the tuk tuk driver where to go.

“The idea is to help the user,” Jourdain said, adding that in the future PPCLIC hopes to collect advertising revenue from restaurants listed on the website.

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