Herndon, Va. – Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology
said it has provided a seed-stage investment to Airside Mobile, developer of a
free mobile commerce platform aimed at people in airports.

Financial terms of
the deal were not disclosed.

The nonprofit said it made the investment through
its GAP Funds, which are designed to help Virginia firms bridge the gap between
seed and early-stage funding.

Arlington, Va.-based Airside’s technology targets
the more than 750 million travelers that pass through U.S. airports each year.

The platform analyzes traveler information — such as location, itinerary and
flight status — to provide them with relevant offers from partners in the
airport services arena.

The company currently operates through an iPhone app,
with plans to add apps for Android and Blackberry devices in the coming months.

Airside plans to use the investment to develop new features such as mobile
check-in, one-touch mobile boarding pass retrieval and searchable dining and
retail guides.


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