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Innovation Roundup

Each month we will be covering a range of emerging innovations across the aviation industry, from airport design to advances in air traffic control technology, that paint a picture of how the sector is changing by building itself more agile and responsive capabilities.

This month, we focus on innovations that improve the efficiency, transparency and overall situational awareness of airport operations.

China turns to smart tech to boost civil aviation

China is currently undergoing major infrastructural improvements of its civil aviation industry, in light of burgeoning domestic demand and the need to get back to pre-COVID levels of travel. Development of new 5G base stations, big data analytics centres, systemic artificial intelligence adoptions and more innovation approaches are key to China’s revitalisation of its internal flights market.

According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), six major Chinese airports have now begun a pilot project for whole-journey luggage-tracking systems, allowing passengers across three main air routes to reliably track their luggage across the entire journey.

ADB Safegate opens door to better airport resource management

ADB Safegate unveiled its new Resource Management Express (RMX) system, which offers airport operators the ability to create a single, integrated view of all its assets in real time. From gates, to security stations, baggage reclaim belts and more, the cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) solution tracks everything at once, making operators better informed and better placed to respond to unusual or emergency situations, while giving them the chance to raise overall operational efficiency. The first deployment of the system is predicted to begin in the latter half of this year at an unspecified North American airport.

DTP puts the overview of the airport in the palm of users’ hands

Getting back to a semblance of normality is not only the top priority of the aviation industry, but also for the millions of passengers who are slowly trickling back into airports across the world as countries open up. During this period of increased uncertainty, confusion at the airport will remain a significant challenge as operations and flight schedules remain fluid and subject to rapid, unannounced change. As part of its bid to make strategic collaboration between aviation stakeholders easier, Dubai Technology Partners (DTP) have created the ‘tNexus Airport View’ mobile app. This allows an airport to share pre-screening of arriving flights and other key information with everyone across the airport’s ecosystem. From terminal crews to ground handlers, everyone can have common situational awareness and see the airport’s overall status at a glance.  

Boosting awareness is the pathway to greater airport efficiency

These are just three of numerous new and emerging technologies and innovative strategies impacting the aviation industry in recent months. They are, however, indicative of a larger trend of airports seeking out ways to achieve greater awareness and clarity over their operations. As passenger volumes remain lower than 2019 levels, and demand continues to fluctuate from region to region, efficient and reliable service must be maintained to boost customer confidence and make all passengers feel comfortable about flying again. 

This article was created in association with Airport Show. Airport Show Digital+ is taking place on 7-9 December 2020 followed by Airport Show Hybrid+ in May 2021. 

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