Port modernization opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean

The ports of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) represent a great opportunity for modernization. Since so far very few countries in the region have taken advantage of the new technological tools that allow a digital transformation to achieve more efficient ports and thus actively compete in world trade.

The implementation of advanced port systems, and interconnection offer enormous advantages that would allow them to reduce manual tasks to a minimum and thus the margin of error without the need to make million-dollar investments. In administrative and financial matters, we at GP NAUTICALS make available, mainly our NAUTIC AIMS AND PAY AIMS products, which in turn can be expanded in functionality in conjunction with any other system of our AIMS SUITE.

How does a port currently work, and what benefits would digitization bring?

The first thing we should know is that a series of private and public agents interact in a port, providing services related to port traffic. These operators create a port community and represent in itself a particular unit or company with common interests such as “maritime, land or air transport” depending on the location of the port.

Imagine that each unit or company must make separate notifications to each of the other units that make up this community, it is a cumbersome task. Or simply that they need to carry out management reports or analyzes and must collect data from each of the participating companies, it seems like an impossible mission. But so far this is the reality.

The low investment in the sector and the lack of R&I=D aimed at creating solutions focused on the industry have turned the port system into an enormous opportunity for those technology companies willing to take the first step because if we are sure of one thing, it is that the last two years have taught us that digitization, automation, and interconnection take on a different meaning in the face of a global pandemic.

One of the main ways to achieve efficiency in ports, without the need to incur a millionaire investment, is by adopting a Port Community System or as it is known by its acronym in English PCS. These platforms would allow all those involved to carry out an exchange of secure information, manage and automate logistics processes and thus optimize time and save money in the long run.

Nautic AIMS with PAY AIMS, is a participant in this initiative because it creates a space where all the operators involved in a port can generate a report on their services and/or activities in a transparent manner and in a very short time. Be evaluated, reviewed, and approved between the parts to give way to the billing and collection process, thus achieving the optimization of financial processes and the economic flow that each operator wishes for the optimal functioning of its operations and the highest profitability of its businesses.

PCS in Latin America and the Caribbean

Only a few countries in the region, such as Chile, Jamaica, Panama, and Brazil, are moving towards digital transformation with the implementation of port systems that allow interoperability, migration to the cloud, process automation, and many other services. At the moment it is known that the IDB is supporting through loans for the design and implementation of Port Community Systems solutions for Latin America and the Caribbean, especially for countries such as Argentina, Peru, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, for which increasingly open up the possibilities of investment in the sector.

If you want to know how to manage and centralize your port and maritime services more efficiently, we recommend you visit https://gpnauticals.com/products/nautic-aims/ and its component for managing payments and issuing invoices and innovating in the sector knows https://gpnauticals.com/products/pay-aims/, products belonging to GP Nauticals that seek to convert the port industry into a collaborative, efficient and transparent community. If you want to have more details you can enter the web www.gpnauticals.com and fill out the form so that you can be contacted by a specialist.

 

Technology in the airport sector

A new year begins, and expectations for all sectors worldwide are preparing to face a new moment. New goals are on the horizon and, technology will be a fundamental part of the development of new projects.

Such is the case of the airport sector, which has used technological advances to safely manage administrative processes. Also take care of the health of each passenger, providing new protocols to avoid large-scale contagion.

For a few months, airports have started technological development, and today, we tell you what some of them are.

Biometric technology

Thanks to facial recognition, the airport administration will be able to reduce waiting times and long queues at check-in, security controls, baggage claim, and those waiting processes that can be tedious.

To date, a survey conducted by IATA shows that at least 73% of passengers are willing to share their data to optimize waiting processes at the airport.

Artificial Intelligence

 The use of artificial intelligence to manage the flow of passengers is also one of the options that have been implemented at different airports for some time.

The London’s Gatwick airport, which will implement this technology to improve the safety of its operations, and provide a better travel experience to its passengers.

Artificial intelligence is linked to ‘Big Data’, where the flow of information will be key to managing data and passenger behavior and optimizing their strategies.

Smartphone integration

 Today, most people around the world have a smartphone. The use of mobile applications will be the first step to manage connectivity with organizations and automate airport services.

These are just a few examples of new technologies that are already being used at airports. Therefore, the use of new technologies is and will be a fundamental part of the growth of the airport sector, where innovation will serve to create new experiences.

The best airport to remotely manage take-offs and landings

Budapest has become the first airport in European capitals to have its air traffic controlled from a high-tech facility outside the airport grounds, thanks to a new contract Indra’s with the service provider Hungarian Air Navigation HungaroControl.

This new Indra solution called InNOVA will provide air traffic controllers with an even better view than that generally obtained from a conventional control tower. In addition, they will have all the necessary information, air traffic control functionalities, and security functions from a single integrated screen, a concept already operational in remote control centers.

“Intelligent technology and automation are tools to support human decision-making. By equipping our air traffic controllers with the latest technology, we improve operational efficiency and situational awareness. This benefits us, the airport, the airlines, and ultimately the passengers”, said Kornel Szepessy, CEO of HungaroControl.

While air traffic controllers typically must monitor different screens to get a complete view, the tower InNOVA system takes care of integrating all relevant functions and information on a single screen.

This system will improve controllers’ situational awareness, effectiveness, and flight safety. Thanks to augmented reality that will allow controllers to automatically zoom, identify and track moving objects.   

The system is prepared to carry out operations in multiple airports. For now, the cameras will be located in various locations around the Budapest airport to improve visual observation of this and other areas of interest to controllers. 

Read the full note in Aviación al día.

 

The new simulation system to train pilots

Indra, a leading global technology and consulting company, has developed a new simulation system to train pilots. It is easy to transport and install in any space, so the time required to train a pilot, civilian or military, of any type of aircraft can be reduced by half. 

This multipurpose and interoperable simulation system (SIMCUI). It is of high quality, easy to maintain and operate. Includes virtual reality glasses, which increase realism and allows the student to connect from home and continue with the training.

In its development, flight models are used, completely adapted to the needs and degree of realism required by each client. Whether it is a small flight academy, an airline, or an entire army. It even has artificial intelligence algorithms to measure the performance of each pilot and analyze strengths and areas for improvement.

The controls and throttle levers are quickly and easily interchanged depending on the type of aircraft in which the flight simulation exercise is to be performed.

So far, the system has 18 simplified flight models available, ranging from a Boeing 737 to an F18 fighter jet, light aircraft models, civil helicopters, among others.

More and more airlines, armies, and pilots are demanding a more continuous and easily accessible training, which complements the training they receive in the simulation systems of the highest level and realism, in which they are examined to obtain their licenses and certifications; with this SIMCUI, Indra covers this great need of the aeronautical industry.

 

Read the complete article in Aviación al Día.

Ultra Air, the new low-cost option for Colombian travelers

The Colombian civil aeronautics has given its approval for the launch of an ultra-low-cost airline with multiple destinations. That will offer a new alternative to recurring passengers and attracting a large part of the population that previously could not access services.

The first reason why Ultra Air is considered an Ultra Low-Cost airline is because of the aircraft they will use, and the airline has closed negotiations with Airbus to incorporate 40 A320ceo and A320neo aircraft into the fleet, which stands out for having 20% ​​in saving fuel and CO2 emissions, which in itself lowers operating costs.

To this is added the fact that passengers will pay depending on the load they carry and the services they require from the airline. That is, the cost of the ticket will be the same for everyone and includes a bag or backpack and will be paid for extra luggage or additional suitcase. In addition, the possibility of choosing your chair, space, among other services.

According to statements from the airline, it is estimated that in the first five years 40 aircraft will be incorporated into the fleet and that approximately 36,000 direct and indirect jobs may be generated. It is also expected that with the entry of this new airline into the market, airfares will decrease by 20%, which would translate into growth in the tourism sector in the coming years.

Ultra Air has advanced by leaps and bounds, and it is expected that soon there will be orange planes flying through the skies and operating not only commercial flights but also cargo and mail.

For now the Ultra Air airline is expected to cover the routes between the most important cities in Colombia and some international ones such as Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Aruba, Curaçao, and the United States.

Are you ready to travel to Ultra Low Cost?

 

IATA Partners with Airbus and Boeing to Manage Covid-19 Risks

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airbus and Boeing, have developed risk management models for Covid-19 to demonstrate the different systems that ensure the safety of air transport while restoring global connectivity.

The Airbus model demonstrates that the risk of virus transmission can be significantly reduced through data-driven detection and protection measures.

For its part, the Boeing model assesses the effectiveness of passenger screening and quarantines in countries around the world. It has several factors, such as the effectiveness of PCR and rapid antigen tests and the chronology of illness for passengers traveling with COVID-19.

“There is no single solution to manage the different levels of risk. The economic and social cost of the general measures taken by most governments to date has been unnecessarily high. With this modeling,  that we can be smart with calibrated travel policies that address risk, enable travel, and protect people. That is the way back to normality,” said Willie Walsh, IATA Director-General.

For now, Boeing is modeling scenarios with vaccinated travelers. As data on new COVID-19 variants become available, it will also be incorporated into these models.

 

Read more at: Europapress

Drones: The future of the airline industry

Drones have become one of the key advancements in the future of technology and could change the air logistics of the coming years, becoming part of the world’s transportation system.

On April 14, a conference called “Drone Enable” was held, organized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (OASI), where several specialists met and discussed the importance of creating a regulatory framework that allows the integration of drones into the system. World air transport.

The objective is not to replace traditional transport, but to bring great value to areas with high traffic congestion, rural and isolated sectors, speed up freight transport and provide fast services in cases of emergency.

Drones have been very useful in agricultural processes, in the control of forest fires, even in the analysis of traffic in some cities, and in the delivery of medicines. In 2015, the United States Government authorized the delivery of emergency medications to a rural clinic located in Virginia, which was 90 minutes by land from the nearest pharmacy.

There are many benefits that this type of unmanned aerial vehicle provides, and in logistics processes, its advantages are extremely positive.

In this sense, the OASI is working on an international registry of drones that allows their integration into the airspace. Koen de Vos, a member of the transport department of the European Commission, said that: “The challenge is to maintain a balance between promoting the potential of drones and addressing the concerns of society and the airline industry. Safety in the skies depends on the responsible behavior of all operators ”.

However, for society to fully accept the use of this new technology, the benefits of it must be totally clear to all people, especially if one considers that the negative aspects of these vehicles, such as noise and pollution, affect everyone.

Source: A21

 

Automation of the airline industry

The airline industry has been forced to digitize and automate each of its processes, to reduce physical contact, to protect those involved, preventing the spread of covid-19, and, in turn, improve the user experience and boost efficiency.

SITA, an international telecommunications company that provides technology services to companies in the aeronautical industry, says that the fall in demand for this industry in 2020 has forced them to focus on new cost efficiencies.

“In addition to the pressure, airlines and airports had to quickly incorporate new sanitary measures, such as contactless processing of passengers and the management of health information and new protocols, including PCR tests in many destinations,” said David Lavorel, CEO of SITA Airports and Borders.

To solve these challenges, the aviation industry turned to technology and, in many cases, changed the investment priorities they had set in 2020.

In this sense, many airports and airlines are interested in investing in biometric technology, implementing automated boarding gates, and guaranteeing a check-in process without physical contact, as well as self-service baggage delivery.

“Most airlines plan to send real-time notifications to passengers directly to their mobile devices about the status of their bags, and they also plan to provide real-time baggage tracking information to staff,” SITA noted.

It is estimated that by the year 2023, all essential customer service services will be without physical contact, from reservation to arrival, including delayed baggage reporting.

 Source: Aviación 21.

 

Advances in Artificial Intelligence in aeronautics

The growth of the aeronautical industry in the coming years is an irrefutable fact, but this also leads to a significant increase in the number of planes in the air, and consequently, the complexity in managing this traffic will be even greater.

This is why the inclusion of new technologies based on Artificial Intelligence is increasingly used in airports since they provide security and efficiency in the results obtained that no other tool would offer.

At the moment, we can already find airports that use Artificial Intelligence for facial recognition, voice assistants, or bots, but in the not too distant future we will be able to see how these tools will increasingly carry out the actions that humans develop today, including It could be said that they will replace the pilots or at least the AI ​​could execute the more complex actions, thus avoiding any kind of human error.

It is also proposed that AI-based systems to manage air traffic will begin to be incorporated into airports very soon since these systems could handle large volumes of data and minimize decision-making time.

There is no doubt that artificial intelligence can improve many areas of the sector, it is even said that by reducing personnel in the cabin and control towers, ticket prices will decrease, thus benefiting the millions of passengers who move daily through the air terminals.

 

The best airports in quality of service

The Airports Council International (ACI) with the travel technology company Amadeus. Have unveiled the winners of the ASQ 2021 award highlighting the best airports according to the testimonies of their passengers.

Despite the impact that covid-19 has generated in the industry, 89 airports around the world won 108 awards for the quality of airport service. This time the ‘best hygiene measures by region’ were also evaluated, where they have recognized the security measures of 33 air terminals.

This award recognizes the success of airports responding to the intense focus on hygiene in the face of the challenges posed by the pandemic. The new category also complements ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation program, launched in 2020, which has resulted in more than 275 airports being accredited.

“The ACI Airport Service Quality Awards represent the highest possible accolade for airport operators around the world… This year more than any other, the awards recognize airports that have listened to their customers and adapted services and experiences they offer to meet changing needs and expectations in very difficult circumstances, ”said ACI’s global CEO, Luis Felipe de Oliveira.

Toronto Pearson was named the best airport in North America for the fourth consecutive year and was awarded the best hygiene measures award, followed by the Victoria Airport, Canada, and the airports of Atlanta, New Orleans, San Antonio, and Tampa in the United States.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, the measures are taken by the airports in Quirós, Costa Rica, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic was awarded.

 

For their part, the European airports of Elche, Granada, Menorca, Pamplona, ​​Murcia, Santander, Nikola Tesla, Faro, Joao Paulo II, Porto, Helsinki-Vantaa, Keflavik, Skopje, and Tallinn were also recognized, among other airports around the world. world.

 

Learn more at ACI.