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Lumo selected to SAP.iO's travel accelerator

Posted by Bala Chandran on Mar 17, 2020 8:30:00 PM

It's hard to celebrate too hard these days with the challenges that we in the travel industry (and beyond) are facing, but we're really happy to have made it to SAP's SAP.iO travel accelerator! The accelerator helps facilitate integrations with SAP Concur and potentially run pilots with SAP customers.

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Lumo co-founder Hamsa Balakrishnan's TEDx Talk

Posted by Bala Chandran on Mar 9, 2020 11:36:00 AM

Lumo is now TEDx-adjacent :) Watch Lumo co-founder and Chief Scientist Hamsa Balakrishnan speak at MIT on flight delays and how data can help.  

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Flight delayed on a nice, sunny day? Lumo's GDP predictions are now available through APIs

Posted by Hamsa Balakrishnan on Feb 25, 2020 1:04:00 PM

It's sunny as you look out the airplane window, you check the weather at your destination and all looks great too, but the pilot says you're waiting for clearance from Air Traffic Control to take off. What gives?

Several factors limit the rate at which flights can land safely at an airport, including visibility, wind gusts and wind direction, cloud ceilings, on so on. The Air Traffic Control system in the United States manages these conditions through Ground Delay Programs (or GDPs). During a GDP, flights headed to an airport with reduced landing capacity are held on the ground at their origin airport (hence the term ground delay). This prevents flights from taking off too early and queuing in the air near the airport, which is more expensive and less safe.

Lumo's machine learning algorithms predict GDPs and their impact on flight delays.

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Tags: machine learning, forecast, API, airlines


Travel can be such a PAIN. What are you doing to measure traveler wellness?

Posted by Bala Chandran on Feb 19, 2020 12:13:00 PM

I used to travel a ton in my past life in consulting – I remember waking up every Monday morning at 4am to catch my 5:30am flight, and getting back home on the late flight on Thursday night. A few months into the project, I would have given anything for an extra hour of sleep.

Travel burnout is real. According to a YouGov survey on behalf of NexTravel 20% of travelers say that travel has a negative impact on their mental health, and an ARC survey showed that 15% of road warriors are burned out or close to it.

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Tags: productivity, flight delay cost, traveler wellness, Spotlight


Lumo partner spotlight: OAG

Posted by Loren Werner on Feb 10, 2020 11:00:00 AM

At the core of what we do is synthesizing complex data sets, which means we rely on high-quality data to drive our business. OAG is an industry leader in all things airline-data related and their historical, real-time, schedule, and connection time data are key inputs to our algorithms.

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Tags: data


Lumo partner spotlight: Acendas Travel

Posted by Loren Werner on Feb 3, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Acendas Travel, a Kansas City based TMC, and BCD affiliate, recently started using Lumo Navigator in their Mission Control to help proactively plan for delays and manage staffing requirements in anticipation of disruptions. Lumo integrates with Acendas' systems through their APIs to automatically track all their travelers' flights, and flags potential disruptions hours and days before departure.

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Tags: navigator, tmc


Worried about that connecting flight? We crunched the numbers so you don't have to.

Posted by Bala Chandran on Jan 29, 2020 12:15:00 PM

I see you – leaning halfway out of your seat before the plane lands so you're ready to grab your bag and sprint to make your connecting flight – and I'm here to tell you it's going to be ok. Lumo is here to help.

At Lumo, we recognize that not all delays are created equal. A 30-minute delay on a nonstop flight may not matter much, but could be the difference between making your connection or not on a connecting itinerary.

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Tags: machine learning, probability, forecast, API, insurance


Lumo partner spotlight: mTrip

Posted by Bala Chandran on Jan 27, 2020 11:33:00 AM

We are very excited to have partnered with mTrip to deliver Lumo's predictions to their clients. mTrip is an award winning travel mobile app that works across the corporate and leisure travel industries to deliver powerful and beautiful customized all-in-one white-label apps to their clients.

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Tags: mobile


Travel smarter with the Lumo map

Posted by Bala Chandran on Jan 20, 2020 1:39:58 PM

We released the Lumo map last year, but it's worth re-upping given all the delays we've been having globally. From winter delays in Chicago to  disruptions caused by volcano Taal in the Phillippines to delays caused by the fires in Australia, it's hard to keep up with all global events that could delay your flight. Luckily, you've got Lumo – a quick look at the Lumo map tells you the state of delays right now, as well as delays expected over the next 48 hours. Just click on the map icon on the top right of the page and view the Lumo Index by airport to help you plan your trip better. We keep track of everything from weather disruptions to airline waivers to Air Traffic Control restrictions to keep you updated on what to expect.

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Tags: forecast, data, map


Four ways to spot bad AI

Posted by Bala Chandran on Nov 27, 2019 10:23:09 AM

I gave a brief talk at the Beat Live in New York in September on how to spot bad AI. It bugs me that the words AI and Machine Learning get thrown around so loosely and are rarely scrutinized, especially in travel. Also, while other industries are starting to have discussions around the ethics of machine learning and AI, travel's conversations around AI have stayed pretty superficial. A version of this was published in The Beat (subscription required).

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Tags: machine learning, AI


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