Sabre is beta testing Sabre Red Mobile for iPads, and plans to make it available in mid-November to all agents who use Sabre Red Workspace.
Sabre has built the mobile version of Sabre Red as an “on-the-go” extension of Sabre Red, said Pradeep Rao, Sabre's senior director of marketing for point-of-sale operations.
Sabre Red Mobile is built to take advantage of the touch and swipe functions of the iPad screen. It is cloud-based so that it automatically synchronizes with agents’ Sabre Red workspace, meaning that any shortcuts agents have created will be available on their mobile version.
Because Sabre Red requires use of letters, numbers and some symbols, Sabre has built a keyboard that resides within the application that holds numbers, letters and some characters Sabre frequently employs. That means iPad users won’t have to toggle back and forth between the alpha keyboard and numerical keyboard.
Down the road, Sabre will look at developing a mobile application for other devices, Rao said.