Why airports need to fundamentally reconsider information technology
Airports are contending with an increasing number of passengers without putting in measures to aid this advancement in numbers. Information technology can be used to improve operational flexibility and pave the way for a more positive passenger experience. Implementing these measures can also help generate more revenue and streamline various airport operations. Here are five reasons why airports need to fundamentally reconsider information technology:
1. Maintenance drones
Maintenance drones can be used to improve the inspection process in airports. The remote technology can help maintenance teams inspect lightning-strike damage or other aircraft problems in record time when compared to conducting inspections manually. Some drones go one step further and can check the individual components of an aircraft, schedule repairs, and scan fuselages. These drones take images of aircraft sections and compare them to their online image databases to identify and troubleshoot problems automatically.
Automation is becoming increasingly popular in the aviation industry given the advancement in robotic technology. Airports can use robots in terminals and in baggage-related areas to help improve the flow of passengers. This allows airports to future-proof their baggage handling operations and enhance ergonomic working conditions for staff by improving overall ground operations. Some airports are also implementing robots that can communicate with and guide customers through terminals. These robots are programmed to understand different languages – thereby helping airports overcome any language barriers that may exist with arrival passengers.
3. Wearable technology
Wearable technology is useful for both engineers and cabin crew members within airports. For instance, cabin crew members can attach LEDs to their uniforms to enhance the lighting in an emergency and direct attention towards important safety information. Additionally, ground staff can incorporate LEDs into their uniform to help direct aircraft movement with improved visibility. Engineers can free up their hands to carry out maintenance checks while wearing LED jackets that signify their work areas. Wearable technology is also advancing to include in-built cameras and microphones that allow staff to communicate with colleagues and troubleshoot problems quicker.
Airports should reconsider the use of biometrics as it allows them to streamline the passenger processing stage. Biometrics involves the use of facial recognition technology which removes the need for passengers to present their passport at multiple stages throughout the boarding process. A biometrics device that verifies their identity once can improve the passenger experience and speed up the check-in process.
5. Environmentally friendly routes
New advancements in information technology allow flight operators to cut their emissions by identifying more quick and efficient travel routes. These systems take into account prevailing weather conditions and source the quickest route to a destination. This means that aircraft save fuel and spread fewer emissions, while also getting passengers to their destinations in record time. Airports can soon expect to benefit from solar-powered aeroplanes that can successfully conduct around-the-world flights. This means that information technology can reduce an airline’s overall dependence on fossil fuels and attract more travellers with a green philosophy.
Airports should consider implementing these advancements in information technology to improve operations and capitalise on passenger experiences. Bayanat Engineering provides business with military airport and aviation solutions around the world. Contact us for more information on how remote technology systems can help you.