5 recent trends in aviation solutions

5 recent trends in aviation solutions

Aviation has experienced unprecedented change over the past decade as fundamental shifts in the way people travel for work and pleasure have transformed the industry.

 

The rise of low-cost airlines has brought international travel to the masses, while advances in technology have transformed inflight experiences. However, the aviation industry is not one for standing still.

 

Several new technologies from outside aviation are set to transform passenger experiences even further in the coming years, while the move away from fossil fuels has forced airlines to look at more environmentally friendly alternatives.

 

So with all that in mind, let’s look at five trends in aviation that are set to dominate the industry over the next 12 months.

 

Elevated passenger experiences

 

Airlines have been focused on improving the flying experience for a while now, but many airports have failed to keep up. All this looks set to change, however, with the widespread introduction of the following technologies:

 

Baggage check-in: Airports will continue to roll out RFID luggage tags to improve baggage tracking at the airport. This should help to reduce queuing and allow passengers to track their luggage via a smartphone or tablet.

 

Airport transportation: Inter airport transportation systems continue to be rolled out across major airports in Asia, Europe and North America. Examples include robotic car parking at Gatwick Airport and the inter-terminal Skytrain at Singapore Changi Airport.

 

Artificial intelligence

 

Ever-increasing security demands will see the use of autonomous artificial intelligence (AI) based systems being expanded. These should help to speed up passenger screening and improve security at the airport.

 

One such example is improved passenger screening using biometric information collected through facial recognition software. This will help to reduce queuing times and automate other processes to reduce the number of security staff required.

 

Sustainable fuels

 

The global aviation industry is ramping up efforts to create environmentally friendly and sustainable fuels. Several biofuels are currently being tested that promise to significantly lower the carbon footprint of the industry.

 

Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) are currently more expensive to produce than fossil-based fuels, but the hope is that by expanding production and increasing research and development, the cost can be brought down to a level similar to fossil fuels.

 

Virtual reality headsets

 

Airlines and airports are both continuing to implement Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) to improve passenger experiences both in the terminal and during the flight.

 

For example, both Emirates and Etihad are rolling out SkyLights immersive VR headsets as part of a fleet-wide inflight entertainment upgrade. Emirates is also using AR technology to showcase aircraft interiors on the company’s website.

 

Health monitoring

 

The coronavirus looks set to influence air travel for the foreseeable future. If faith in the industry is to be maintained post-pandemic, both airports and airlines will need to improve their health screening processes.

 

Current screening methods consist of questionnaires and manual temperature monitoring, but systems are being developed using touchless biometric technology to create a more streamlined and robust system.

 

In the meantime, airports should increase the availability of handwashing stations, create negative pressure rooms to house passengers with symptoms and implement UV cleaning for personal effects and carry-on luggage.

 

Our specialists are here to help

 

Bayanat Engineering can provide support to airlines and airport authorities looking to implement any of the above technologies.

 

Our team of aviation specialists has experience designing and installing various solutions, including baggage reconciliation systems, passenger tracking and counting systems, automated check-in and boarding systems, and integrated security systems.

Passenger and terminal operations – in the stadiums and during sporting events

Passenger and terminal operations – in the stadiums and during sporting events

Bayanat Engineering’s passenger and terminal systems are useful for more than just ensuring passengers get to the right plane on time in an airport terminal. They can be deployed in a wide range of environments, and with the FIFA World Cup coming to Qatar in 2022, and likely bringing millions of supporters and spectators with it, managing the crowds inside stadiums is likely to be a difficult task. That’s where Bayanat Engineering’s adaptable passenger and terminal operations can come in to support matchday procedures.

 

Information display systems

 

You’ve likely come across information display systems in an airport before. These are the systems that track where you need to go and present the relevant information to you, often on kiosks or large screens which keep an airport running as smoothly and effectively as possible. This can directly translate itself to working on a football stadium’s concourse, and guiding crowds across the ground.

 

By using information display systems in flexible and agile ways, you can let ticket holders know exactly where their seating block is and how to get there. These systems can significantly reduce the amount of human traffic in a stadium, and ensure that everyone attending the match has a good time.

 

Passenger check-in systems

 

Another easily comparable system is the passenger check-in systems used at airports. These systems are often highly complex and designed to make sure that the right passenger gets onto the flight without a problem, and there are no major hold-ups at the gate. After all, one person getting stuck at check-in can lead to long queues and disgruntled customers.

 

This translates very easily into a football stadium. Just think, it’s ten minutes before kick-off, spectators are filing in one by one, and a single ticket goes through wrong, holding up the queue for a quarter of an hour. Hundreds of people could miss the start of the match, all because of a failing ticket system. By using transferred check-in systems, you can rely on reused and proven infrastructure to get tens of thousands of people into stadiums on time, rather than relying on untested systems.

 

People counting systems

 

The history of football, as joyful and celebratory as it can be, has been marred with a range of shocks and tragedies due to overcrowding in stadiums. Whilst ticketing keeps this issue to a minimum, people counting systems can have the potential to save lives. By ensuring that only a safe amount of people are on the concourse at any one time, you don’t run the risk of packing thousands of people into a very tight space and causing a crush. People counting systems can be a vital safety measure, and by using them effectively in World Cup stadiums, we can keep the focus on the matches themselves, rather than finding ourselves in an international tragedy.

 

To find out more about how Bayanat Engineering’s passenger and terminal operations can keep people safe and happy throughout the World Cup in 2022, contact our team today. We’re always happy to answer any questions you might have, and we’re proud to offer our services to get the best show in the world up and running.

Weather conditions and airports

Weather conditions and airports

Weather events are one of the biggest cause of delays at airports and also one of the most challenging. Weather delays always have a cost, for airports, airline and passengers.

These range from increased crew, fuel and maintenance for airports and airlines, to lost time, missed connections and hospitality costs for passengers.

The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) suggest that weather can account for 50 per cent of all aircraft delays, depending on the month of the year and prevailing conditions experienced within a year.

The complexities of weather forecasting and weather management mean that airports must be able to effectively quantify weather events and determine their significance upon performance.

All flight delays caused by weather conditions are largely out of the airport and the airline’s control.

Recent years have seen an increase in severe weather events as a result of global climate change. Scientists predict that this will only grow in significance into the future.

Measuring the impact of weather events on airport performance

When considering weather events and their impact on airport performance, it is useful to use a simple categorisation methodology such as the following suggested Borsky and Unterberger.
They classified weather conditions into “sudden” and “slow onset”.

Sudden weather events occur with little warning and tend to feature for a short period within a given day. Sudden weather events include elements like wind, tornadoes, precipitation, thunderstorms and heavy fog.

Slow onset weather events are those that develop during the course of a day and follow a trend before reaching an extreme. Slow onset events would be changes in temperature leading to frost or extreme heat.

Analysing and understanding the delays caused by each type of sudden or slow onset weather event can assist airports and airlines to forecast the length of delay each one causes. Airports use sophisticated algorithms based on data, machine learning and artificial intelligence to do this.

Measuring airport performance in relation to weather

Airport performance, and how operators minimise the impact of weather delays, is complex.

Put simply though, we can consider that the significance of weather events on airport management depends on:

The airport’s ability to forecast weather events

How resilient the airport is to weather events

How it responds to weather events

Airports can utilise advanced information management tools to perform analysis of the above factors.

To begin with, an airport will understand the significant weather events that impact their location and may need to pay particular attention to those that their systems and staff are not necessarily very familiar with.

Then the airport will consider a range of factors to illustrate their own readiness for different types of significant weather events. Customised plans and checklists will be generated for each type of weather event, ranging from frequent to those that are rare but plausible. Further analysis will determine actions and best practice tools to refine readiness for significant weather events.

Throughout, the airport will be gathering data on the effects and costs of weather events over time. This can be used to prepare future readiness plans and to make investment decisions on how best to increase readiness for weather events based on frequency, significance cost and potential savings strategies.

Weather is a complex phenomenon and airports are complex places. Combined, this means that weather management strategies for airports are compounded in an enormous aggregation of data utilised to produce robust strategies. The descriptions above merely demonstrate an overview of how airports approach weather conditions and their impact upon its performance and costs. That’s where BEQ can assist, working with airports in partnership to utilise hugely sophisticated weather management tools.

What should you know about airports and how they function?

What should you know about airports and how they function?

Airports can be described in two words: organised chaos. Millions of passengers travelling to thousands of destinations with hundreds of airlines all with their own fleet of aircraft and crew to look after. With this amount of air traffic, it is easy to see that the logistics required for a smooth, safe and efficient operation are staggering. The travelling passenger may only see a tiny fraction of the systems in place designed to get them where they should be safely and without incident.

 

What causes airport disruptions?

 

Computer systems crashing, freak storms and adverse weather conditions, human error and even civilians intent on causing mayhem can disrupt operations at an airport. Even a small delay measured in minutes can have a knock-on effect lasting hours, even days. In December 2018 hundreds of flights were halted at London’s Gatwick Airport after there were reports of drone sightings close to the runway. The incident lasted just 3 days but disrupted 140,000 passengers.

 

Airport operations that improve efficiency

 

Consider airports as an oasis in the desert, the only place where air traffic can take off and land safely while mitigating the millions of potential hazards outside the safety fence. It is imperative that airport systems operate at peak efficiency and sync together in a web of operational unity. Here is a ‘behind the scenes’ in-depth look at some of those systems, their complexity and inter-connectivity.

 

Electronic Flight Strips

 

For decades, paper flight strips have been used by ATC (Air Traffic Controllers) to keep track of flights in the air. They are now being upgraded with Electronic Flight Strips, which are set to change flight operations significantly. EFS will allow for real-time updates, streamline the planning process, and allow data sharing. EFS systems answer questions like ‘has the traffic volume fluctuated?’ and ‘has the weather changed severely enough to affect air travel?’.

 

The EFS system will update the system promptly, including memory aids for the ATC in the event of a closed runway to reduce human error. The EFS is fully integrated into other systems where it is deployed to reduce the impact of adverse events on air travel.

 

Baggage Reconciliation System

 

Passengers and airlines agree that lost luggage can be the most annoying and time-consuming mistake that can happen, reducing trust in a carrier. It is a negative experience for everybody, not to mention a security risk if an unauthorized bag gets onto a plane without a corresponding passenger.

 

The Baggage Reconciliation System (BRS), uses computer-generated tags to track a bag through every stage of its journey in real-time and matches all loaded bags with passengers onboard an aircraft. It is very similar to modern parcel tracking systems used in the postal service.

 

The system is highly efficient as it takes advantage of existing airport systems like BagLink gateways to send and receive baggage messages in standard IATA formats. This system also allows baggage handlers to know exactly where a bag is located, even accurate down to the individual container onboard the aircraft. In the event a bag must be removed, it can be quickly located with 100% accuracy.

 

Thanks to the ingenuity of humans and advancements in technology, we know that we can board flights safe in the knowledge that everything that can be done to improve safety and reduce risk is done, many, many times a day, every day.

 

If you’re looking for trusted aviation solutions, contact our team at Bayanat Engineering today.

Helipads and heliports

Helipads and heliports

The helicopter’s ability to travel long distances at high speed, take-off and land without a runway and maneuver in tight spaces makes them useful for a wide range of applications, including search and rescue, VIP transfers, air ambulance and more.

 

But these adaptable machines would not be able to operate safely without the use of helipads or heliports. While helicopters can land on almost any flat surface, it is not always practical or safe to do so.

 

That’s where helipads come into play, as they provide a safe space for helicopters to take off and land without inconveniencing the public. So, in this blog, we are going to look at the history and facts around these unsung heroes of aviation.

 

Helipad history

 

Despite being commonplace today, the helipad is actually a relatively new invention. The first purpose-built pads were constructed by the U.S. Army during the Korean War in the 1950s.

 

Early pads were used to evacuate soldiers injured on the frontline in the mountainous terrain of North Korea. The pads proved so successful their use was expanded during the Vietnam war to allow troops to be moved quickly around inaccessible jungle terrain.

 

Today there are estimated to be more than 15,000 heliports in use around the world. The UAE has the highest number of heliports per capita with an estimated in active use, supporting a fleet of 77 civil and 199 military helicopters.

 

What’s the difference between a helipad and a heliport?

 

Often the word heliport and helipad are used interchangeably, but they are actually two different things. A heliport is a fixed base operation that provides a range of services, including customs, maintenance, fuel bunkering and fire suppression.

 

A helipad, on the other hand, is simply a designated area where a helicopter can land safely. Helipads are typically found at hotels, private residences or hospitals, while heliports are usually found at airports.

 

What types of heliport are available?

 

Heliports are equipped to handle a specific size of aircraft. For example, a large city hospital may have a large integrated heliport, complete with landing lights that allow large air ambulance style aircraft to land day and night. A country house hotel or private residence, however, may only have a small designated area that can be used to transfer passengers. These are often made from grass, so are not suitable for heavy helicopters.

 

Heliports don’t have to be on dry land. Most large ships are equipped with a helipad complete with landing lights capable of supporting large search and rescue style helicopters.

 

Some private yachts are also equipped with a helipad, although these cannot be used while in port. Some of the largest superyachts are even equipped with a hanger and maintenance facilities to keep aircraft well maintained and secure while at sea.

 

Heliport airspace

 

A designated heliport is more than just an area for a helicopter to take off and land. The airspace surrounding the heliport is also considered part of the heliport itself. Together, these two areas are known as the Primary Surface.

 

The Primary Surface consists of a Touchdown and Liftoff (TLOF) area, which provides space for the aircraft to take off and land. The Final Approach and Takeoff (FATO) area is the airspace surrounding the TLOF where the pilot makes his final approach.

 

What is the best material for constructing a heliport?

 

Traditionally, steel and concrete were used to construct heliports, but in recent years, this has been superseded by aluminum. Aluminum allows heliports to be constructed on top of buildings, the decks of ships, oil rigs and even private residences.

 

But you can make a heliport from any hard surface; even grass. However, the material chosen should be suitable for the type and size of aircraft in use. A large multi-engine helicopter such as a Sikorsky S76 can land on grass but a paved area is more suitable.

 

If you would like help designing or installing a new heliport or helipad, get in touch with our aviation specialists today. We have more than 20 years of experience completing aviation projects across the globe, with more than 1300 projects completed to date. Complete the contact form for more information.

Types of radars and sensors in the military

Types of radars and sensors in the military

Throughout the military, there are numerous examples of applications of radars and sensors. In this post, we aim to explore how these examples are used in practice.

 

What is radar? A radar is a measuring device that uses radio waves to advise on the possible angles, ranges, and velocities of a wide range of objects. This technology has been used for many years in the military on aircraft and for guided missiles, for example.

 

What is a sensor? A sensor is an electrical device that acts as a messenger, collecting command-like information from a device and passing it on to the object it is connected to so that it can act accordingly. It’s an example of a piece of technology that has a wide-ranging span of applications in the real world, nonetheless in the military.

 

How is radar technology used in the military?

 

There is a range of applications of radars in military technology, including:

 

Surface Movement Radars

 

Surface Movement Radars are an example of radar technology that could be used in the military. For example, it is a handy feature that can be deployed at night so that fellow or enemy aircraft can be detected. It works using pulsations of microwave energy that bounce around, back and forth. This helps supply information about an object that has been detected by the device.

 

Primary Surveillance Radars

 

Primary Surveillance Radars are another example of radar technology that can be extended towards military technology. Much like the Surface Movement Radar, its function is to detect and return information on an object based on the energy that is reflected from and around it. However, it works only on the ground.

 

Secondary Surveillance Radars

 

Secondary Surveillance Radars are much like Primary Surveillance Radars in that they use reflected energy to describe an object. However, unlike Primary Surveillance Radars, Secondary Radars need to be airborne to be able to transmit a signal to a ground-based detector.

 

How is sensor technology used in the military?

 

There is a range of applications of sensors that are used in military technology, including:

 

Meteorological sensors

 

Meteorological sensors are an example of sensory technology that can be used by the military. It’s a technology whose purpose is to measure all sorts of different climates and weather observations. This includes – but is not limited to – detections of wind, pressure, temperature, humidity, cloud height, rain, and solar radiation.

 

This means that it’s a valuable way to gain insight into unknown territories to be able to understand the different ways in which an aircraft, for example, should be prepared for travel.

 

People counting sensors

 

People counting sensors are another example of sensory technology that is used in air passenger travel that could have military applications. It works by employing sensors that detect when motion breaks the beams i.e when a human crosses past. These beams are invisible to the naked eye, and so a person does not know when they are crossed.

 

For more information on the types of radars and sensors in the military, contact our team at Qatar Bayanat Engineering today.

Different types of sensors in the airspace engineering

Different types of sensors in the airspace engineering

In aviation, to ensure an aircraft functions effectively and safely, a plethora of complex equipment and systems are required. Electronic sensors play a huge role in aircraft. They allow for efficacious feedback of a variety of flight conditions and help measure variables such as control and navigation. A broad range of sensors is used in aviation, as you might imagine, to help operations run as smoothly as possible.

In fact, there are too many to mention in one article, so let’s take a look at some of the key sensors that are featured in airspace engineering today.

Liquid level sensors

These sensors assist with the all-important matter of fuel. They monitor fuel, oil and coolant levels. They also monitor fluid levels in wastewater reservoirs, hydraulic reservoirs and collection sumps.

Flow sensors

These work in combination with liquid level sensors and they monitor the flow rates of liquid levels in an aircraft. This includes the flow rate and quantities of lubricating oil and coolant fuel in bleed air systems and fuel transfer systems.

Temperature sensors

These help with observing the temperature of a range of engine parts in the aircraft. Consisting of thermometers, bi-metallic temperature gauges, ratiometers, Wheatstone bridge indicators and thermocouple temperature indicators, temperature sensors measure fuel, hydraulic oils, environmental cooling systems and refrigerants. Being able to keep an eye on whether components of an engine become too hot or cold can help detect any potential faults.

Pressure sensors

Based on a pre-set figure at the sensing location, pressure sensors allow a pilot to see whether pressure levels are above or below this figure. They monitor the pressure in raising and lowering landing gear, oxygen tanks, hydraulic systems, and braking, heating and cooling fluids.

Position sensors

These help to provide position reference, responsible for angular and rotatory measurements and movements of an aircraft. Rotary variable differential transformers (RVDT) and linear variable differential transformers (LVDT) are the most common kinds of positional sensors you will find in aircraft engineering.

Force and vibration sensors

These measure the force and torque in control systems on an aircraft, including braking systems and ailerons.

Gyroscopes

Gyroscopes allow for the measurement of angular velocity and assist with direction indication. They control flight instruments such as attitude indicators and turn indicators. As well as mechanical versions, gyroscopes can be found in a ring laser format and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) gyroscopes.

Altimeters

Altimeters monitor the altitude of an aircraft by measuring static air pressure. They measure the height of a plane above a fixed level.

Magnetometers and compasses

By measuring the Earth’s magnetic field, these two sensors help indicate the direction of an aircraft.

Tachometers

An aircraft requires a tachometer for each of its engines. These measure the revolutions per minute (RPM) of an aeroplane engine.

In summary

To ensure an aircraft and its pilot fulfil their desired duties, it’s important to have these kinds of sensors. Measuring flight conditions allow for the accurate risk assessment, optimal control and efficient operation of these aerospace vehicles.

Interesting meteorology technology

Interesting meteorology technology

Meteorology technology exists at the heart of an airport’s day-to-day operations. No matter what the season, whether an airport is in the heat of summer or the depths of winter, getting a thorough understanding of weather conditions can give pilots a better idea of what they might deal with and any mitigating actions that might need to be taken. Read on to find more about the advanced systems and technologies used to keep planes, pilots, and passengers safe from the elements.

 

Weather RADAR and LIDAR

 

Weather radar is a very specifically designed technology, with the goal of finding clouds and precipitation in the air. This can be used to establish the structure of storms, helping pilots to find the safest routes possible to their destination. By combining this with LIDAR, a system that uses light pulses to establish wind patterns, pilots can have a safe way mapped through any dangerous weather conditions that could emerge. Lightning detectors are also useful for this and can help to keep planes out of electrical storms.

 

Runway Visual Range

 

Runway Visual Range, or RVR, isn’t a system for helping to establish what the weather is, but it can be a great tool in a pilot’s arsenal. The RVR is the range at which a pilot can see runway markings from the centreline of the runway. A shorter RVR can mean that precipitation or clouds are affecting a pilot’s vision, or in the case of Qatar’s Hamad International Airport, they may be dealing with issues such as sandstorms. Navigation technologies such as Instrument Landing Systems can be vital when RVR is minimal.

 

Cloud seeding

 

Cloud seeding is one of the most advanced and helpful tools an airport can use. Rather than simply keeping an eye on what the weather is doing, you can get some level of control over it by using cloud seeding. This is the process of leaving substances in the air to form part of a cloud’s condensation, helping you to change the amount and even type of precipitation coming out of the cloud. This can help you to clear the way for pilots by making it rain elsewhere, and can help you to make the process of landing significantly easier for all of the planes on the way in.

 

Weather Decision Support Systems

 

Initially created to help in the launching of rockets for orbital missions, weather decision support systems are designed to offer advice to air traffic controllers in the case of adverse weather. They can account for swathes of data and help to reach a decision that can protect not only the people in the air but the airport itself in the case of an accident. By using these advanced systems, airports can be assured of better-advised decision-making and pilot safety in the long run.

 

Find out more

 

Bayanat Engineering is proud to design and build a range of weather detection and protection technologies in Qatar, helping airlines and airports to keep their passengers and pilots as safe as possible. Get in touch with the Bayanat team to find out more about our range of airport technologies.

How remote tower airports are set to transform airport traffic management

How remote tower airports are set to transform airport traffic management?

The airport control tower has been at the centre of airport traffic management for over a century. The first tower became operational at Croydon Aerodrome, London in 1920 and today it is difficult to imagine an airport without one.

But advances in technology mean that the days of the traditional airport control tower could be numbered. That doesn’t mean traffic will be left to manage itself, but that runway management and apron traffic will be managed from a remote tower facility.

What are remote towers?

Remote digital towers (RDTs) enable air traffic control duties to be managed from a remote location. This is possible due to advances in HD camera technology that allows air traffic controllers to monitor both the glideslope and the apron from any location.

Remote towers are laid out in the same way as a conventional ATC tower, but the control room is based in a low rise office building with large LCD screens replacing the tower windows. This allows a remote tower to operate in much the same way as a traditional tower.

Can remote towers replace traditional control towers?

While remote towers are still relatively new, with only a few active installations at smaller airports, there is no reason why their use cannot be expanded to replace traditional control towers.

To highlight the maturity of the technology, London City Airport, located in the heart of London’s Docklands, has recently replaced its traditional ATC tower with a remote digital tower.

All flights into and out of the airport are now managed from a state-of-the-art enhanced reality digital control tower, located in the National Air Traffic Control centre 115km away in Swanwick.

What are the advantages of Remote Digital Towers?

Remote digital towers promise a range of operational benefits along with enhanced safety for passengers.

Cost

Remote Digital Towers have much lower CAPEX than traditional facilities. And because one facility can be used to manage several airports, they promise higher productivity and significant operational savings as well.

Enhanced situational awareness

The  Remote Tower solution overlays aircraft types and flight numbers on the LCD screen to enhance situational awareness for controllers. This has several benefits including reducing aircraft and vehicle incursions onto active runways.

Better visibility

The latest camera technology provides better visibility for controllers in all conditions. Low light and infra-red cameras can be used to provide a much clearer picture of the airspace and apron, especially during bad weather or low light level conditions.

Upgradability

Because RDT systems are built using modular components they are much easier to update than traditional ATC technology. This means airports can benefit from enhancements much more readily than conventional systems.

Flexibility

The technology can also be easily expanded, which facilitates airport expansion and operational changes. The removal of ATC towers also frees up space on the airfield for terminal expansion.

What remote towers mean for smaller airports

Remote tower technologies promise greater benefits to smaller airports than larger ones. Airports that have previously been considered too small for a conventional ATC tower, can now benefit from full airspace management at a fraction of the cost.

This will improve safety at these airports and allow them to accept larger aircraft and expand operations without the investment associated with building conventional ATC tower infrastructure.

Need help transforming your air traffic management?

If you would like more information about how remote tower airport technology can be used to augment or replace your current ATC setup, get in touch today.

We offer a range of proven air traffic management solutions from leading vendors including Thales and SAAB. And because RDT technology is completely scalable, we can design a system to support any size of operation from an international airport to a regional aerodrome.

How can human body temperature scanners help get international travel back off the ground?

How can human body temperature scanners help get international travel back off the ground?

The ongoing pandemic of Covid-19 has already had a huge impact on the aerospace industry, with huge players in flight and plane manufacturing taking big hits for over a year. With many countries around the world now beginning vaccination programs with a view to putting an end to lockdowns and travel bans, the future is looking somewhat brighter for the air travel industry.

But while effective vaccinations may mean international travel is once again possible, this doesn’t mean that the industry can go back to the way things were; leading scientists have made it clear that it’s likely that Covid-19 is here to stay, and with it, measures to lessen the spread of the virus. Human body temperature scanners installed in airports and other travel hubs are an ideal way to screen passengers for potential signs of Covid-19 and other viruses before embarking upon a flight.

How do human body temperature scanners work?

Human body temperature scanners use infrared (IR) radiation, which the human body emits at frequencies that are picked up by modern scanners and converted into temperature readings. Temperature scanners which measure temperature using IR technology are available as both small, handheld scanners and more scalable thermal scanning cameras (TSCs). Handheld scanners can be used to scan individuals, while thermal scanning cameras can be used to quickly and accurately measure the temperatures of a large body of people, for example at an airport check-in desk.

Human body temperature scanners can be used in different ways depending on the targets and requirements of use. TSCs can be used to flag up all passengers with a temperature above normal, which could then either lead to instant postponement of travel or further health checks to investigate other symptoms.

We’ve got vaccinations: why do we need human body temperature scanners now?

It’s clear around the world that international travel is the last great hurdle of this pandemic; partially, because for many countries with great vaccination programs, international travel still opens up a lot of unknowns. Even with a vaccinated population, countries could be vulnerable to travellers bringing home new strains of Covid-19 from overseas, or small pockets of Covid-19 causing local epidemics in areas where vaccination rates might be lower than normal.

Installing human body temperature scanners is just one step towards making international travel safe again. By taking simple precautions where possible, the travel industry can assure passengers, politicians, and stakeholders that all avenues are being explored to ensure that international travel will remain safe over the coming years.

What we do

At Bayanat, we are experts in engineering and tech solutions for the aerospace industry, offering a huge range of services including surveillance, communication, air traffic management and consultancy services across the sector. To find out more about how human body temperature scanners could improve safety and passenger satisfaction in your airport or travel hub, please just get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to talk you through our innovative solutions to the problems posed by the current pandemic.