For many, travelling to a customer, meeting or conference is part of their everyday work. Whether it is by car, train or plane, many business travellers start work before they even start their trip. Time spent on the platform, at security or at the gate becomes working time on a smartphone, tablet or laptop.
The most important service on offer for mobile work at a train station or airport is free Wi-Fi. Access should be simple and the network should offer stable upload and download performance. That is available in many European cities these days. In major cities, the density of hotspots in public places and cafes is very high.
Stable Wi-Fi on trains and planes, on the other hand, is not yet available as standard. Plane passengers mostly have to pay a hefty price for it, with the offer only included in the price of Business and First Class.
The perfect mobile office
Business centres and business lounges are the first choice for concentrated work at airports and train stations. There, travellers find a similar infrastructure to their workplace, which supports their mobile work. That includes cubicles for telephone conferences and video calls, pen and paper, but also printers and copiers.
Since 2018, Lufthansa has offered a free printing and copying service with Wi-Fi-enabled multifunctional systems from Konica Minolta in all its lounges worldwide. This cloud-based service ensures that the printed or copied documents are protected against access by third parties. Konica Minolta developed ‘Secure Guest Print’ for this purpose.
Useful services for mobile work
Services that can be booked in conjunction with the boarding pass and travel ticket are also increasingly in demand, for example tickets for a preferred seat, priority at security, parking at the train station or gate, and priority baggage claim. Anything that turns waiting time into working time is welcome.
In the USA, there are also many apps to speed things up at the airport. The ‘Mobile Passport’ app allows passengers to enter the country without long queues at border control – they simply use the ‘Mobile Passport Control’ express lane.
Accessories that improve mobile work
A powerbank is an essential for every travel bag. As mobile work is generally digital work, it requires electricity. Even the longest battery life ends eventually. Hopefully, there is a power socket nearby when that time comes, but with a powerbank you can charge your smartphone or tablet anywhere. These electricity storage devices are part of the fundamental equipment for mobile work. However, they need to be kept in hand luggage when flying, and the maximum capacity is 100 watt-hours (Wh). A few airlines only allow even less. These specifications must be checked before packing bags. Anyone who wants or needs to work on the go has to be stress-resistant, because peace and quiet are not provided on demand. Noise-cancelling headphones, along with ear plugs, are an important piece of equipment for telephone calls. Wearing them in or over the ears provides protection from the ambient noise of cafes, trains and planes.