Ah hah. Another neat idea that came flying into my inbox this afternoon.
It’s called ArrivedOK.
The concept is that when you arrive at your destination (successfully) you usually turn on your mobile.
When you do this, ArrivedOK will automatically tell all your nominated friends/loved ones/Twitter/Blog/Facebook folk that you’ve arrived ok.
Peace of mind.
Especially for mum.
Here’s the overview from their release:
ArrivedOK lets air travelers automatically alert others about their arrival at their destinations. Schedule your flight at http://www.arrivedok.mobi with the destination airport, expected arrival time, your recipient phone numbers or emails. ArrivedOK tracks your cell phone in the mobile network when you turn it on after the landing. Then it instantly sends ‘Arrived OK’ messages to the list of your recipients.
The unique feature of ArrivedOK is that it alerts about one’s personal arrival instead of flight status in general. “Unlike other flight services, which are based on general flight data from dispatcher centers, ArrivedOK relies on particular subscriber’s mobile phone status. It tracks one’s actual appearance in the destination airport, so one’s friends and family are 100 percent sure the person has landed okay” – says Andrey Deriabin, Director Business Development at Eyeline Communications.
Based on patent-pending technology, ArrivedOK works by detecting its subscriber’s mobile phone when it is registered in a local GSM network. ArrivedOK allows sending personalized arrival alerts to different groups of recipients, and enables subscribers to save on international roaming charges when traveling abroad.
“The service is designed to be both fun and useful,” says Andrey Deriabin. “Air travelers usually spend remarkable amount of money when texting or making phone calls in roaming just to let someone know they landed fine. With ArrivedOK those people who care about their expenses will be able to make them for less.”
ArrivedOK starts its public beta testing with 29 mobile networks in 10 selected countries. For more information visit http://www.arrivedok.mobi/hello
The cynics amongst us would say you can just do this with a text message… but I like the idea of automating it all!