Airports are embracing data and technology to improve the experience for both passengers and vendors. Such ‘smart airports’ where internet-connected devices control functions like thermostats and security using cloud-based technologies to enhance the consumer experience, are quickly becoming commonplace.
The Emergence of Smart Airports
Smart Airports were made to solve control and management problems that airports are having more and more of because of the number of people and goods that go through them. Because of this, experts from all over the world are focusing on smart airports, which use the latest developments in telecommunications, infrastructure, robotics, and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Advantages of Smart Airports
Real-time data improves operational efficiency.
Cost reduction, productivity improvement, and operational perfection.
Demand optimization through passenger flow control and entry automation.
Improved passenger handling, flight control, check-in, etc.
Biometric monitoring systems, advanced cyber security, and reliable operations and maintenance improve surveillance and security.
Better ground and health surveillance (cleaning frequencies, availability of amenities, etc.).
The Revenue Angle
A smart airport uses Wi-Fi access points as sensors to track passengers’ location and record their dwell times. With this data, the airport could place signs and ads where they would be seen. While landing travelers previously made few purchases, this airport placed signs for products they may want to buy before leaving where they would be seen. The result was increased sales for retailers and landside revenue for the airport operator. (Source: Deloitte Study)
Traveler’s & Airport Operations Experience
A traveler constantly interacts with technology systems and stakeholders during his journey through the airport. The smart airport systems influence the traveler’s safety, convenience, and overall experience at the airport. Operations like bag tracking, indoor navigation, in-store beacons, geo-fencing, queue analyzer, biometric screening, Wi-Fi passenger tracking, and building management systems are powered by IoT implementations that make an airport smart.
Creating a Smart Airport: The Checklist
A well-structured planning process can assist airport leaders in navigating all of the options and gaining confidence in achieving the airport's business objectives. The checklist includes the following steps:
Selecting an IoT solution that aligns with your business goals
Determine the organizational and technical abilities required to implement the solution
Craft a road map to address gaps between the required abilities and existing abilities