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Qik - is an intelligent airline agent application first developed in the late 1980s as a front end to mainframe computer reservations systems. Qik was designed & developed by a startup within Qantas Airways called Qadrant, as a productivity tool for use in the airline's reservation call centres. The Q.I.K. acronym as derived from its use of a separate keypad attached to the keyboard. The keys on the keypad acted as function keys. In later versions the physical keyboard was disposed of and replaced with a logical keypad represented as a quadrant on the user's screen mapped to standard QWERTY keyboard function keys. Marketed under the brands Qik, Qik-RES & Qik-CHEK these applications encapsulate airline business rules in a PC based smart application and send the required transactions to the airline mainframe or host for processing. In doing the training time for an airline agent could be reduced from 6 weeks down to 2 weeks. In addition the automation of host transactions eliminated format entry errors. This reduced the need to resend transactions and led to a reduction in mainframe usage costs for airlines. In the early 1990s Qantas formed a joint venture operation with DMR Consulting to market Qik and other transportation IT solutions under the name of Qadrant International. In 1997 DMR Consulting purchased the remaining 49% stock of Qadrant off Qantas Airlines to become the sole owner of the company. Qadrant went on to develop later versions of Qik in conjunction with Sabre Decision Technologies, an AMR/American Airlines subsidiary. This joint development exercise expanded Qik from the DOS platform to the OS/2 & Windows platforms and was brought to market as Qik-II. This collaboration continued and Qik-II was migrated to the SITA's Common Use Airport platform CUTE/OS. Now the majority of QANTAS workstations use Novell's Application delivery system to deliver them an emulated version through infoconnect
Qik was founded in 2006 to enable mobile phone users to share live video with their friends, family and communities on the web and on their phones. The first version of the Qik service was launched as a private alpha in January 2008 and then as public beta in August 2008. Since then the company has expanded its service to support millions of users in over 160 countries and on all the major smart phones (over 140 models) including iPhone, Android, Symbian, Blackberry and Windows Mobile.Qik brings powerful video capabilities to the mobile phone including the ability to capture and share experiences right as they happen. Qik enables live two-way mobile-to-mobile video chatting, as well as the ability to send and receive video mail messages. Qik also allows users to capture special moments wherever they might happen and instantly share them with others via email, SMS or post them to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs and any website.Qik was founded by Ramu Sunkara, Bhaskar Roy and Nikolay Abkairov and has attracted investments from strategic individuals like Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz, Marc Benioff and Quest Venture Partners and Camp Ventures.The company’s headquarters is located in Redwood City, California and has an office in Zelenograd, Moscow, Russia.
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