7 February 2017
THE Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) have seen encouraging response to a free service allowing passengers to download e-Books and bring it with them on their flights.
From May last year to end of last year, the service has distributed more than 40,000 e-Books to passengers from all corners of the world, and continues to grow.
“This is an astonishing achievement and proof that Internet of Things actually benefits our lifestyle. Imagine doing this with printed books? The cost, the mess, the logistics, would make it impossible.
“With the infrastructure in place at KLIA and klia2, thousands of e-Books have been distributed,” said e-Sentral Bookstore managing director Faiz Al-Shahab.
e-Sentral is the firm behind the e-Book facilities at KLIA and klia2.
From data shared, passengers of various nationalities have been using the e-Book borrowing system, with Malaysians being the majority users.
Novels, travel and political e-Books are the most popular genre picked by passengers.
“We also have the same amount of e-Books lend-outs between KLIA and klia2, although klia2 has more passenger traffic. This is probably because klia2 caters more to quick-stop and short-trip passengers who have less time before and after flights, compared with KLIA passengers,” said Faiz in a statement.
The facility, which consists of 80 e-Books beacons with 50m radius strategically placed at locations marked with flags and instructions, is considered the first Internet of Things infrastructure of its kind in the world.
Currently, travellers at KLIA have a choice of more than 400 e-Book titles.
Once the e-Books are downloaded, the passenger can use the e-Books while they wait or are in transit.
Each passenger is entitled to borrow up to two titles for a duration of two days.
This e-Books rental via bluetooth beacon facility is a partnership between e-Sentral.com (Xentral Methods Sdn Bhd), Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd and Perbadanan Kota Buku.
The airport e-Books facility consists of 80 e-Books beacons strategically placed at locations in the airports marked with flags and instructions. e-Sentral bookstore managing director Faiz Al-Shahab (inset) says the system is proof that the Internet of Things works for Malaysians.
Original Source: nst