SOURCE: NeoMedia Technologies, Inc.

December 05, 2007 14:30 ET

Take-Off With Gavitec: Spanair Tests Mobile Plane Tickets

Spanair and NeoMedia's Gavitec, Both Members of IATA, Test Mobile Plane Tickets at Two Spanish Airports

ATLANTA, GA and AACHEN, GERMANY--(Marketwire - December 5, 2007) - Gavitec AG - mobile digit, a NeoMedia Technologies company (OTCBB: NEOM), implements mobile ticketing for Spanair Airlines. The revolutionary technology will be tested in two Spanish airports. The airline plans to convert its current system to allow for completely paperless ticketing which is highly cost efficient for check-in and boarding procedures.

Paper tickets are replaced by an electronic 2D code that can be read directly from the passenger's mobile phone display. Passengers of Spanair are able to use their mobile phone for check-in and as a data carrier for plane tickets.

During the test phase, passengers receive a mobile ticket in the form of a 2D code on their mobile phone. NeoMedia's Gavitec EXIO scanners are installed to read the 2D codes at airport terminals in Madrid and Bilbao. After the scan, passengers receive a paper ticket, which contains flight information in the form of a PDF417 code. A printed boarding pass is still required by Spanish authorities. The test phase is being undertaken for two airlines and will evolve into the next rollout phase.

In the rollout, check-in and boarding processes will be entirely paperless. Passengers will receive a 2D code on their mobile phones, which would function both as ticket and boarding pass. This code is scanned at security and at the boarding gate and is validated via an online database.

The IATA "International Air Transportation Association" will institute 2D codes as well. In 2008 classical magnetic stripes on boarding passes that hold passenger data, will be replaced by 2D codes.

About NeoMedia's Gavitec AG - mobile digit

Gavitec AG - mobile digit, a NeoMedia Technologies company (OTCBB: NEOM), is a leader in development and distribution of mobile scanners and software for mobile applications. Located in Germany, Gavitec provides standardized and individual solutions for mobile marketing, couponing, ticketing and payment systems. NeoMedia Technologies, Inc. (USA) is the global leader in optically initiated wireless transactions, bridging the physical and mobile world with innovative direct to web technology solutions. To provide a robust high-performance infrastructure for the processing of optical codes, NeoMedia extends their offering with the award winning Gavitec technology. To learn more visit,, and

About Spanair S. A.

Spanair S.A. was founded in December of 1986 by SAS and the Spanish company Teinver. At the beginning of its airline activity in 1988, Spanair operations comprised international charter flights, transporting tourists to Spain from over 100 European airports. In February 1994, Spanair started their regular flight operation in Spain, extending their routes shortly afterwards in Europe, likewise establishing a ground attendance service. In 1997 Spanair began their first regular intercontinental market flight operations.

In 2006 the airline carried 10,607 million passengers and the Spanair Group had a total profit of 10.6 million EUR. Spanair is member of the SAS Group and member of the Star Alliance network, the largest and most successful airline alliance worldwide.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. With the exception of historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release involve risk and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.

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