Coinciding with IBM Impact 2013 in late April/early May, we unveiled a new community as part of our Mobile Cloud Services strategy. As part of this launch, we blogged about a new technology incubator the lab has been playing with called Pass Builder. The response so far has been truly outstanding and we wanted to update our community on the latest development efforts the team has been working on.
In our initial launch, we focused on a single scenario centered around a retail scenario based upon a mobile storefront called Aurora. This scenario provided a great opportunity to understand the requirements for developing a web based set of REST Services that are targeting cloud hosted deployments. When we returned from Impact, the team was extremely motivated upon hearing how Passbook could be used in variety of business flows and processes and how Worklight can be a catalyst for companies looking to embrace systems of engagement types of applications.
Knowing that IBM Innovate 2013 is another great podium for discussing what we have been working with our IBM customers, we decided to use that conference as a another opportunity to show our progress with Pass Builder since its unveiling. In rallying around the conference, we wanted to align our scenarios to concepts that would be familiar to the conference attendees.
The first scenario we wanted to demonstrate centered around the Innovate 2013 Conference and the concept of Event Passes. By using Passbook, conference attendees would have a very simple and easy to use "Event Ticket" pass that could theoretically be scanned at various points in the conference for tracking attendance to various events at the conference. In addition, the "Event Ticket" is designed to provide notifications to the user when a session the user has signed up for is about to start and where the conference room is located within the facility.
The second scenario actually starts before we even arrive at the conference. In the second scenario, we demonstrate how we can leverage the "Boarding Pass" to drive Passbook integration with a mobile application. In this application, we demonstrate how we can integrate the check in process with the generation of a boarding pass and how users can be notified when the airlines change flight related data such as the departure time or gate information. To demo the integration capabilities around Pass Builder and its integration with IBM Worklight, we created a demo video.