Technologies for airport management

In our articles, we talk about the digital transformation in the airport sector and the benefits it brings, to  passengers and also to the administration. 

The passenger’s opinion is more critical, from the entrance to an airport, the user becomes the judge who will give the final verdict, to evaluate improvements in the airport sector. 

This is reflected in the results provided year after year by Skytrax, which not only rewards airlines but also airports. 

That is why, we see that airports continue to break new ground and go beyond barriers to provide comfort, confidence, and punctuality from start to finish. 

A sample of what we talked is the Passenger Terminal Expo, which this year returned to Paris to bring it new trends, innovations, and materials to improve the experience at airports worldwide. 

Technological proposals on demand…

This year has the particularity that the technological leap is imminent. From Artificial Intelligence proposals, intelligent surveillance, and interactive kiosks to easily find boarding gates and terminals. 

Intelligent baggage handling logistics and, many more offerings are just some of the challenges that port management will face in the coming years. 

This results in a wide range of options to further improve the technological development structures at large airports. 

And it gives rise to those airports that are still in the process of development, which can join these endless technological options that ensure sustainability, durability, and confidence over time. 

That is why, at GP Nauticals we rely on developing specialized software to provide the port administration, a window that allows us to manage payments, collections, and everything related to billing and administration in a simple way. 

In addition, our SUITE is integrated to improve the performance and management of an airport, thanks to the analysis and reports that allow you to visualize results firsthand. 

Meet PAY AIMS, AERO AIMS, and all the SUITE that GP Nauticals have to facilitate and optimize the time of administrative procedures. 

How is the security at airports?

Airports are one of the most regulated places in terms of security systems, but how do they manage to control the high amount of luggage and hundreds of travelers at the same time? In this article we will review how the different types of airport screening work and some of their most common practices to make their facilities a safe place for their customers and workers.

 

Concerning passengers, the first checkpoint they must go through is the one before entering the restricted area where they must check their boarding pass. Either employing a scanner that reads the code printed on their boarding pass or directly on their cell phone. It is expected that soon this control will be carried out using biometrics with facial recognition systems, as is already being done in many airports as a test. 

 

After entering the restricted area, passengers must go through a second checkpoint, where their hand luggage will be checked by a second scanner. At this point, the objective is to check that no passenger or employee can access the terminals with prohibited or potentially dangerous objects. For them, passengers must introduce their hand luggage, shoes, and other belongings, and using X-rays will be able to detect any restricted object.

 

This type of scanner at this checkpoint manages to greatly streamline the transit and entry to the facilities since this control should be done manually and individualized. 

 

But what about checked baggage? While passengers enter the terminal, the bags they have previously checked-in are also subjected to several security controls. Once they are received by the airline, the bags pass through the “cheeks yard”, which is nothing more than conveyor belts that take the luggage through 5 different types of control and allow them to avoid dangerous situations such as explosions or fires.

 

Once they have entered the terminal, the controls do not stop, passengers must pass through one or another checkpoint where their data is verified, especially before entering the aircraft. For this reason, airport security personnel play a fundamental role in risk detection and are a key part of the whole security system in the airport. They require very specific training and constant renewal, especially because this area is constantly renewing its technologies and, today they can rely on multiple devices for early detection of risks. 

 

For this reason, GP Nauticals has developed a software called Pax AIMS that allows airports to keep track, control, and audit all passengers entering the airport facilities, deploying fixed or mobile checkpoints and allowing concessionaires to validate boarding lists.

 

If you are interested in learning more about the company or any of its AIMS Suite products, you can visit its website https://gpnauticals.com/ or contact any of its consultants.

 

Digital transformation in the airport industry

With a continuously growing annual traffic volume, airport facilities commit to digital transformation. But this is not always very easy to implement for a sector that should not stand still, so how do make these changes most optimally without affecting daily operations? 

 

It is the human capital that experiences and addresses firsthand the implementation of technology that is reflected in the mutation and evolution of processes. For this reason, there must be a lot of organization, integration, and continuous collaboration between the board, the workforce, and the technology service provider to make a correct transfer of knowledge thus reducing resistance to change and encouraging active participation in the improvements to be implemented.

 

The continuous training of human capital is a key factor for the success of the digital transformation. Because it allows the management to ensure that all staff have the skills and willingness to work with the proposed new technologies and thus are willing to offer a better service to the end customer.

 

The ally providing the technology services must have extensive knowledge about the aeronautical industry and its standards, as this way they can anticipate their needs and facilitate the process, understanding in advance what is best for them, their times, and their current processes to thus offer the best recommendations related to the sector or even detect new opportunities and market niches.

 

An excellent ally for the aviation industry, for example, is the company GP Nauticals, a U.S. company that develops specialized software for the sector that also has a multidisciplinary team capable of making a correct technology transfer, in addition to guiding managers on the right path by detecting growth opportunities for the industry and offering implementation plans so that new processes do not affect the daily operations of the port or airport. So we invite you to enter their website and get to know everything GP Nauticals has to offer in terms of digital transformation for the aviation sector.

 

WEB: gpnauticals.com

 

NAUTIC AIMS port management software

For some years now, the maritime sector has been growing by leaps and bounds. Maritime transport has become the international transport channel, with great affluence on the main commercial routes. 

From the container crisis to shipping delays worldwide, these are some of the determining factors that major ports have taken to expand and improve their infrastructure, physical and administrative. 

Now, what is behind the management of a port? Undoubtedly, it goes beyond transporting shipments. Efficient development relies on good logistics and compliance with permits and safety regulations. 

In addition, management is not only about the sea lanes. Also about non-maritime operations to ensure an effective supply chain and to be able to meet the stipulated delivery times. 

This has undoubtedly become a major challenge for the port sector. Technological tools and specialized software have been developed to address these needs. 

The reality is that traditional paper is now a thing of the past. From now on, worldwide management and administration are carried out automatically. 

Thanks to this, GP Nauticals was born, a technological organization dedicated to the development of specialized software for the aeronautical and port sector. 

The purpose is to manage in an automated way the port revenues and to attend to the maritime and land operations. 

NAUTIC AIMS, part of SUITE AIMS

Its name speaks for itself, NAUTIC AIMS is software created to manage maritime and non-maritime operations. This, in turn, is part of the SUITE family of GP Nauticals

Its main function is to centralize the port administration, providing sophisticated software with which you can manage the main functionalities of a seaport. 

In this sense, collecting, managing, and processing data from cargo operations, maritime tourism, and shore operations, are part of the work of NAUTIC AIMS. Also, can be integrated with PAY AIMS, to manage billing and financial administration. 

Another advantage of NAUTIC AIMS software is that thanks to data collection, it is possible to perform an analysis of the port’s performance. 

 

If you want to know more about NAUTIC AIMS, just click here.

 

The maritime sector and digitalization

Globally, we can already see how everything has returned to normal. There are airports and flights where the mask is no longer necessary. With this we can rescue the idea that the pandemic revolutionized the world, and technological field. 

That’s right, technology was transformed and administrative systems at all levels are now digitally managed. Many are adjusted to the needs of each organization, and although administrative software is not new, it is now more popular. 

Now, at GP Nauticals, we always talk about the advantages of automated processes at the aeronautical level, but our SUITE also adapts to maritime administration. That’s right, believe it or not, the maritime sector requires a great effort to modernize its processes. 

However, little by little, ports around the world are taking into account automated processes for logistics and administration, because human error is minimized, and delivery, waiting, and permitting times are optimized. In addition, integration is much simpler and there is less paperwork. 

Speaking of the above, the Port Services Administration-Bolivia is an example of a port that is committed to automating its processes with the Port of Arica. They now have a new management system module to consolidate line planning, full container loading and much more. 

What is the advantage of an automated process?

First of all, it allows unifying financial administration and maritime facilities. In this way, everyone involved in the processes can be aware of what is going on. 

It allows for better control of invoicing, permits, and more. Thanks to reports and analytics you can measure the port’s performance and the management performance. 

Minimizes human error, undoubtedly we have all had that vital document get lost or take a long time to print or simply have to be done again. With a digital process, the document reaches the right person at the right time. 

These are just some of the advantages of automating administrative processes and with GP Nauticals and our NAUTIC AIMS product, you will be able to manage and process data from maritime cargo, tourist, and shore operations. NAUTIC AIMS can be integrated with PAY AIMS to manage collections and invoicing. 

 

If you want to know more about NAUTIC AIMS, just click here.

How does airport management work?

The stay at an airport can be an experience, the excitement at the beginning of a vacation or a business trip will have positive or negative consequences, depending on the case. 

However, behind what we can see, countless processes play a fundamental role in the functioning of an airport.

We see that airports today operate autonomously, thanks to new technologies such as the use of Big Data, IA, and automated software are essential for development today. 

Now, it should be noted that the airport is autonomous, there is no external interference in decisions. That is why airlines work directly with it.

When there is a new alliance with an airline, all aspects are worked under a contract, making clear the terms and conditions between the airport and the airline.

If there is a case in which an airline has accumulated a large debt with the airport, the agreements and, the stipulations of the contract previously made are studied. 

If no agreement is reached between both parties, a higher authority or institution may be notified, to terminate the concession or reach a mutual agreement. 

On the way to automation

Nowadays, large airports manage their administration automatically, the processes of passenger control and check-in, boarding, and much more.

These are handled with specialized software that minimizes the burden and human error, helping to optimize time and support human capital. 

That is why GP Nauticals provides specialized software for each of the parts that make up the administration of an airport.

AERO AIMS is capable of managing aeronautical and non-aeronautical operations such as tax calculation, or centralized digital records and contracts for concessions and stores. 

AERO AIMS is ideal for collecting and processing data from airport operations, as well as effectively managing analytics to minimize errors and highlight the airport’s performance. 

This software can be integrated with other SUITE products such as PAY AIMS, which provides you with payment and airport check-in management options. 

 

If you want to know more about GP Nauticals SUITE, continue reading our blog

 

Technology and Big Data improve the experience at airports around the world

These are times of great changes and with them, we have to adapt and do things differently. However, I would dare to say that the airport sector has rethought from many angles the way it had been operating and providing its services. Now we can find “super modern” airports where the priority is to provide a positive travel experience by making passenger traffic more efficient, but how did they achieve this?

The development of specific technology for the industry, and big data have been a fundamental key to having more efficient airport management. Since the analysis of this data allows them to predict and measure the movement of passengers, determine schedules, routes, and travelers’ crowds to manage resources more optimally.

Airport technology trends aimed at improving the experience and satisfaction of travelers are leveraged on mobile devices supported by the cloud, which allows modernizing the operational and logistical environment of airport facilities.

A good example of this type of technology is Seeking, implemented in Barajas T4 and El Prat T1. Which allows the airport to know how passengers move around its facilities, even if they visit the Duty-Free and VIP lounges if they connect to the airport WI-FI and even send relevant information. In this way, they provide an anonymous digital identity and track each of their actions, being able to analyze the behavior of their passengers and detect new business niches.

The operational evolution of airports with the analysis of this data in real-time allows greater planning in terms of infrastructure management, which translates into greater convenience for the traveler. 

If a flight arrives at the airport and has a later connection, it could be more easily planned to provide a nearby gate to avoid travelers from transit long distances. Thus shortening the waiting time of the plane on the ground optimizing the service and providing a better user experience and this can only be achieved with data collection and analysis.

Currently and as mentioned above, much-specialized software is being developed for the aviation industry, as is the case of GP Nauticals Suite, which focuses mainly on optimizing airport management and facilitating the collection and analysis of information in each of its areas and with minimal investment. 

If you want to learn more about GP Nauticals and see all the products available, you can do so by visiting their website or contacting a specialist in the area.

What is airport management?

When we talk about airport management, we refer to all those companies that are related to the provision of services in the air transport sector, and more specifically we can focus on those that make life inside airports.

 

It is rather a business organization of all those air transport companies such as the airport itself, airlines, control towers, aircraft service, and maintenance companies, FBO. All those companies linked to the above act as suppliers or customers and serve to maintain or expand the service offerings currently provided.

 

This term of airport management has always existed, although in recent years and as a result of the technological transformation that has been implemented in these sectors. Today it has become an important source of data that is in continuous analysis and that allows for increasing airport profitability.

 

This is thanks to the implementation of administrative and specialized software that allows managing detailed information about flights, airlines, passengers and even concessions, contracts, calculations, and tax payments, which allows keeping the information centralized and digitized.

 

An excellent example of this type of software is the AIMS suite from GP Nauticals. Which has several products that by themselves efficiently solve a particular niche in the aviation industry, and can be easily integrated with the systems that any airport uses today. Also can be purchased as a whole and obtain a robust management system that collects, processes and analyzes data that are valuable when making decisions that affect the operation of the airport.

 

If you want to learn more about the products offered by GP Nauticals, you can do so by visiting their website https://gpnauticals.com/ where you can see in detail what they offer or contact a specialist.

 

High-tech airport checkpoints

The Transportation Security Administration, better known as TSA, has focused its efforts in recent decades on the implementation of new technological tools.

That allows airports to have safer and more efficient passenger checkpoints, incorporating innovations such as: digital identification, facial recognition, and even computerized tomography.

For this reason, in today’s article, we will inform you about the latest innovations in airport checkpoint systems that have been introduced in the sector.

Computerized tomography for baggage scanning

These machines were created for medical purposes. They are now being used in the airport industry as a security device.

Providing rotating, color-coded, and three-dimensional images of all baggage entering the facilities.

All are supported by new computer programs with automatic learning that allow checkpoints to study the contents of a suitcase more quickly and accurately.

High Definition Body Scanning

High-definition imaging technology (HD-AIT) systems are currently under development to enhance existing body scanning devices.

Which would allow for a detailed view of each passenger without them having to hold their arms above their head, remove their shoes or coats.

These devices are designed to detect a greater number of prohibited items, thus reducing inspections and making passenger scanning more efficient.

Facial recognition technology

Facial recognition technology is currently tested at several international airports, to verify the identity of passengers passing through their facilities.

New stations known as “Innovation Checkpoint” will be installed at airports for the use of this type of technology. Where identification software compares a photo taken at the checkpoint with the identification presented by the passenger.

Checkpoints

Manual passenger verification is a thing of the past. Passenger check-in and boarding list audits are being handled by software. That allows real-time measurement of passenger traffic, whether in the immigration area or for control in the boarding area.

This type of technology allows for the early completion of passenger lists, verification of flight occupancy, and even calculation and verification of airport taxes.

They don’t require major investment by airports since they can be integrated with the systems currently used, such as the software known as PAX AIMS, developed by the company GP Nauticals.

Automatic processes and Artificial Intelligence

Nowadays, talking about Artificial Intelligence is more common than it seems. However, for many, implementing the use of Artificial Intelligence can be a challenge. 

Indeed, the use of Artificial Intelligence today is imminent. The process of automation and the new era of industrialization does not seem to stop, and the facts speak for themselves. 

For example, the airport sector makes use of artificial intelligence in aircraft, thanks to various systems that allow increasing the level of flight safety thanks to the management of an artificial vision. 

Another example of the use of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence is Check-in processes or systems to avoid long lines and crowds. Bots that answer messages are another of the many examples seen today in large airports worldwide.  

Artificial Intelligence to avoid large processes 

At the logistics level, artificial intelligence is a convenient ally for data collection, management, and security of the information provided. 

Despite the above, the application and uses of Big Data in the logistics field are still a bit precarious, because many fear the ‘security’ that the technology can provide. In addition to the high costs, new departments, and levels of difficulty that could come along the way. 

Another of the great fears about the implementation of Artificial Intelligence is based on the fact that the technology could completely supplant human capital. However, this is not feasible, since human capital is needed to help manage and optimize the various technological fields and resources. 

Undoubtedly, the implementation of artificial intelligence in the logistics field will be effective in simplifying and mitigating errors. It allows us to reduce cumbersome processes and bring them to automation, allowing us to optimize time and costs. 

A good strategy will be profitable and effective to improve processes at all levels. In the case of our SUITE, automated software allows us to carry out strategies to take a step forward to the imminent digitization that everyone talks about, but does not know how to implement. 

GP NAUTICALS and automated processes

In the case of GP NAUTICALS SUITE products, they are able to automatically manage the collection and invoicing processes at airports and seaports. Thanks to the PAY AIMS product, which manages to adapt to the company’s standards and requirements. 

In addition, thanks to AERO AIMS, airport logistics processes such as boarding gates, permits, flights, and more, will benefit from the optimization of processes. With AERO AIMS you will be able to obtain an analysis of the airport’s administrative operation. 

At the same time, it is worth mentioning that the AIMS SUITE products are integrated to achieve better control strategies and manageability of operations.