The Victoria Racing Club’s 8-day Spring Carnival, incorporating the Emirates Melbourne Cup, is one of the biggest events on the world horse racing calendar. For Tabcorp, it is a particularly important week on their calendar as novice punters line-up to place their “once a year” bet on the horses. Many of these novice punters would prefer to use their device (smartphone or tablet) to reasearch and place their bets using Tabcorp's online services and mobile apps.
If broadband and advanced computer technologies were applied to the traditional telco payphone concept, what might the result look like, and what services could it offer ? Telstra Payphones are interested in exactly that question, and have worked with PieNetworks to undertake a market assessment of a next generation public payphone in a number of airports across Australia.
Although the penetration of Internet enabled smartphones and 3G connected tablets is growing fast, adoption is not uniform across the population, and in any case the utility of a large screen for easy and efficient access to online content and services shouldn’t be underestimated. This is especially evident in a range of customer self-service scenarios, where well designed applications coupled with a large touch screen interface can deliver great outcomes.