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.

A new moment for America

Facing the new times has undoubtedly been a great challenge for the aviation sector. Worldwide, recovery is expected to be imminent this year. 

So far this year, restrictions have been lifted, sanitary processes remain, but freedom to travel is becoming more common. People are gradually returning to “normal” life, and airports are looking for new strategies to attract traffic in the sector. 

The recovery has been somewhat delayed due to conflicts in Europe, recent variants of the virus in China, and inflationary pressure. This has led to further restrictions in Europe and Asia. 

North America takes off

The new horizons are clear for the American continent, as air traffic increases exponentially, and it is estimated that, in the case of North America, it will be the region with the greatest recovery worldwide, with 97.79% of demand compared to 2019, according to Bain & Company. 

Like the United States, Mexico is the other country that will see early aeronautical recovery. This is because domestic and international flight operations were maintained and did not restrict air traffic. 

This allowed the impact on tourism to take off considerably after one season. It is estimated that other countries in recovery are Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. 

In the rest of the world, according to Bain & Company statistics, it is estimated that pre pandemic traffic figures will be seen again by the second quarter of 2025. In 2022 it is expected that “the recovery will be 65% and 73% of traffic at pre-pandemic levels”.

New technologies 

Despite the long wait, airports worldwide are committed to improving and embracing new technologies. For the aeronautical sector, finding new ways to adapt has been fundamental in its recovery. 

Part of this is the automation of administrative processes to improve the user and customer experience. This is where GP Nauticals, joins the automation of processes with a SUITE of products dedicated to the aeronautical and maritime sector. 

PAX AIMS is one of our main products which will allow you to audit the number of passengers that circulate in an airport. Cumbersome processes are avoided and waiting times are optimized. This product can be easily integrated with other AIMS SUITE products.

 

If you want to know more, please visit the products section

 

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.

FBO, innovative airport services

A Fixed Base Operator or FBO, as it is commonly known, is a company that may or may not operate independently from state airports and its main function is to offer services related to air transportation.

These operators operate through concessions and among the variety of services they can offer are aircraft rental, hangar, fuel, parking, and even the necessary comfort services to ensure the best possible welfare, both while waiting for a flight and in the air.

Most of the FBOs operate in airports with high to moderate traffic and are intended to serve the private commercial aviation sector. This industry has been growing in recent years, despite the pandemic, and represents a great opportunity for modernization.

Now, when we talk about modernization, we are not only referring to the luxurious facilities offered to their customers, but rather to the technological innovations that can allow operators to better manage resources, such as managing payments, controlling documentation, inspecting passenger traffic, and even managing fuel sales. 

To achieve these objectives, the ideal is to have state-of-the-art programs and applications that allow integration, secure data management, connection to the cloud to generate reports and histories in real-time, and, most importantly, information analysis for decision making, improvements, and optimization of resources.

Although the implementation of this type of tool implies an investment of time and money, both in personnel training and equipment, the main idea is to reduce operating costs in the short term, as well as to centralize information and avoid human error as much as possible. 

When we talk about technological products for the aeronautical sector, we do not find a great variety of options, although the market has been increasing since the technological transformation is imminent. However, there are very complete products such as those of the AIMS Suite, belonging to the company GP Nauticals, which has a diversity of systems that used individually can help complement a specific service or be used together to provide innovative operational and financial management. 

In the specific case of FBOs, the main product that this GP Nauticals Suite can offer would be Aero AIMS, intended to centralize the financial management of airport facilities. Pay AIMS, a payment platform that facilitates the invoicing, collection, and follow-up of your customers’ financial obligations. And finally, Fuel AIMS, allows you to guarantee fuel service and reduce processing times by connecting suppliers, merchants, and customers on one platform.

Best of all, it is a low investment cost option, efficient, and requires minimal training for its use as it is very user-friendly and dynamic.

If you want to learn more about these products and services, we invite you to visit the website https://gpnauticals.com or contact some of their advisors to get detailed information about the advantages of working with them.

 

Advantages of having a good Port Community System

Most port communities are made up of multiple stakeholders, both public and private, which makes it difficult for IT to penetrate, as each institution approaches its logistics differently and resistance to change makes it an industry very fragmented.

For this reason, today we will talk about the advantages of having a good Port Community System.

  1. A good Port Community System (PSC) allows the simplification, standardization, and acceleration of the exchange of information between all the participants in the logistics chain (PCL). This results in greater efficiency in the processes and interaction between PCLs since it facilitates how all port processes are authorized, controlled, supervised, and verified.
  2. Greater processing speed for a large volume of information. We already know that every port terminal handles large amounts of data, whether it is a cargo or passenger port. Data processing and a good Port Community System are important since they facilitate real-time analysis of information. Which allows optimization of decision-making, as well as saving time and money, which favor logistics and transport chains.
  3. PCS must offer an open and neutral electronic platform that allows a secure exchange of information between the parties involved. In addition, to facilitate the automation of logistics processes. Minimize the human error of transcribing information over and over again and reduce the use of paper by having everything digitized on a single platform.
  4. Another advantage of a Port Community System is cooperation for innovation. Carrying out innovations individually does not guarantee their success. The idea is to create a joint strategy as a large virtual company and bet on innovations that influence each member of the logistics chain; In this way, the economic impact of innovation is reduced and more processes are covered.
  5. One of the most important advantages that the implementation of a good Port Community System represents is that it can be integrated with the systems that are currently used, which helps to work on resistance to change by not having to jump from one system old-fashioned to an innovative one from one day to the next.

PCS can help to address the major deficiencies that the port sector is currently showing, such as the AIMS Suite software belonging to the GP Nauticals company, which offers various platforms for the automation of air, maritime, port, and land that benefit a large number of agents in their processes without the need to make million-dollar investments.

If you want to know more details about this specialized software, you can enter the products section of our website (https://gpnauticals.com/products/), where you will find more information and contact a specialist who can answer any questions that may arise.

 

The best private jets

At present, aircraft manufacturers are in the difficult task of being more and more innovative and offering not only greater performance in their aircraft but also filling them with the greatest possible comfort to please the most demanding customers.

Gulfstream G500

With this aircraft, ultramodern business aviation makes sense as it has an excellent balance between performance and comfort with the best technology. This jet has been equipped with 2 high-performance engines that allow it to reach a speed of 903 km / h and is perfect for intercontinental routes. In addition, its interior design can be configured to enjoy a kitchen in the stern, bedroom illuminated by panoramic windows, and tables for meetings or meals. Depending on the internal layout configuration this jet can accommodate from 10 to 19 passengers.

Gulfstream 600

This aircraft equipped with ultra-quiet Pratt & Whitney engines is capable of reaching a speed of 1,102 km / h, obtaining more than 20 world speed records and offering its passengers the opportunity to cover long routes such as New York and Dubai or London Beijing.

The comfort of its internal design allows it to accommodate up to 19 passengers and comfortably sleep up to 10 passengers. In addition, it has a kitchen and compartments for the crew. Furthermore, your passengers can enjoy up to 4 seating areas.

Gulfstream 650ER

This legendary jet has broken one-speed record after another, being the best aircraft in its class to cover longer nonstop routes, being able to fly from Singapore to Arizona. Regarding the interior design, this aircraft has 4 environments for work, entertainment, relaxation, and meals. Combining its refined design with the greatest comfort and innovation with handcrafted seats that allow its passengers to relax and enjoy each flight.

Dassault Falcon 8X

French manufacturer Dassault brought its experience from military fighter jets to business aviation, offering a unique aircraft full of efficiency, flexibility, range, and comfort. The interior design of this jet is configurable to satisfy the most demanding customers.

They can choose a comfortable 3-area cabin with a shower and space for the crew to rest, or a more spacious lounge, reducing space at the entrance or better, one more entrance large with a great kitchen.

Also, offers high-speed connectivity with satellite communication. This jet is capable of saving up to 20% more fuel than any other aircraft in its category.

Bombardier Global 7500

This jet stands out in its category for being the largest and longest-range business aircraft. Offering 4 luxurious interior areas with a full-size kitchen, a crew suite, and a full-size master suite with a true shower in the private bathroom.

Is capable of connecting some of the widest routes such as New York – Hong Kong or Singapore – San Francisco, and has been equipped with GE Passport engines that offer higher efficiency, lower emissions, and lower maintenance costs.

Cessna CJ4

This jet has a friendly flight deck with the latest technology and excellent ergonomic improvements. It has optimized meteorological tracking using a Multiscan RTA-4112 radar system from collins Aerospace.

Equipped with view skylights, upgraded seats Also, a wireless cabin management system that gives your passengers instant control of lighting.

Window shades, and interior temperature, this aircraft is a business jet ready to satisfy to its passengers.

 

Zara Rutherford, the pilot of the moment

Zara Rutherford, the pilot of the moment at only 19 years old, is the teenage pilot everyone talks about. Due to her interest in becoming the youngest woman to fly all over the world alone.

Rutherford landed on December 11 in Seoul from Russia. For Zara, the journey began in August, when she departed from the Koktrijk-Wevelgen Airport in western Belgium, where the journey around the world began.

Who is Zara Rutherford?

Zara Rutherford is a young woman of British-Belgian descent, only 19 years old, is the daughter of pilot parents, and seeks to become the first young woman to travel the world alone. In this journey, he seeks to pass through the five continents and also, visit around 52 countries.

Rutherford began this journey on August 18, where he departed from Belgium on a plane called “Shark-080” and has since made landfall in Mexico, Russia, Alaska, Taiwan, and other countries.

For Zara, it has been more than an adventure and expresses that: “I was trapped in Alaska due to visa and weather problems for a month and I was trapped in Russia for a month due to visa and weather problems.”

More than a world record …

Rutherford seeks to break the record of Shaesta Waiz, who 4 years ago flew alone around the world at the age of 30. Today, Travis Ludlow is the youngest person to fly alone in the world. He did it in 149 days, this same year and at just 18 years old.

 Zara, in addition to wanting to break the world record, seeks to motivate the new generation of women to take an interest in studying and working in the aeronautical industry. It also invites you to prepare to be part of the present of aviation, sending a message of equality.

Zara hopes to finish its journey around the world in mid-January. If you want to know more about her trip, you can follow her on her Instagram @fly.zolo

 

 

The largest private plane in the world has arrived

The American aircraft manufacturer Gulfstream takes up the leadership of innovation by presenting its new business class jet baptized as G700 that has a range of 14,000 km and can fly almost at the speed of sound. While its occupants enjoy the largest cabin of the design for this type of aircraft.

The Gulfstream G700 can carry up to 13 passengers or eight sleeper seats in a cabin that can be customized with up to 5 zones of enjoyment such as a dedicated space for the crew. An entertainment area, a dining room, and conferences of 6 people, and a cabin with a full-length closet. 

In terms of design you can enjoy natural stone floors in the kitchen and bathrooms, quartz countertops, handcrafted electric seats, surround sound, a new ultra high definition circadian lighting system, and the newest ventilation system that does not recycle the air, but expels it and replaces it with 100% new air.

The motorization of this aircraft is in charge of Rolls – Royce with the new engines called Pearl 700 that seek a new speed record reaching a mach of 0.935. In addition, this new jet will be able to make use of sustainable fuel.

Currently, Gulfstream is conducting a presentation tour for clients and potential clients, where it has already visited Doha for the Qatar Executive where it reached a new record between the city of Savannah, Georgia, and Doha in a time of 13 hr and 16 min. 

After visiting the Qatar Executive, the G700 flew to Paris, France, also achieving a record by completing the tour in just 6 hr and 15 min.

At the moment the company is carrying out its certification program that will cover more than 15,500 tests and with which it intends to guarantee the greatest safety and comfort to its most exclusive clients.

 

Fly more polluting less

During 2019, the air sector transported 4,500 million passengers, which meant the production of 900 million tons of CO2. Which would be approximately 2% of global carbon emissions.

By 2050, it is estimated that the number of passengers will double, which would also mean doubling the emission of CO2. This prediction sparked environmental mobilization, with campaigns such as “Flygskam” (embarrassment to travel by plane), in Sweden during 2018.

For this reason, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has committed to achieving “net zero emissions” of CO2 by 2050.

What are the instruments to achieve it?

Europeans hope that technology and infrastructure improvements – whether with new materials, cheaper engines, better air traffic management, hydrogen-fueled aircraft, or a greater role for electrical power – will help reduce by half the emissions.

However, IATA believes that only 14% of the objective will be achieved since to achieve “net zero emissions”, the sector’s plans go through carbon offset mechanisms (such as planting trees), something criticized by environmental NGOs. Who considers that the only thing that is achieved is to displace the problem.

“The only silver bullet to decarbonize aviation is sustainable fuels,” explains Brian Moran, in charge of sustainable development at Boeing.

IATA estimates that two-thirds of the decarbonization effort should fall on sustainable aviation fuels (CAS), produced from cooking oil, algae, wood waste, or “biomass” products.

For its part, the European Commission plans to establish an obligation to incorporate 2% of CAS in aviation kerosene in 2025, 5% in 2030, and 63% in 2050. Boeing and Airbus foresee that their planes will be able to fly with 100% of CAS at the end of that decade.

CAS currently costs four times as much as kerosene, and what is more delicate, it is not easy to get them. They represent less than 0.1% of the 360,000 million liters of fuel used by aviation in 2019.

A whole new sector must emerge, to increase production and lower the price.

The EU believes this can be achieved through new taxes on kerosene for domestic flights, while the United States proposes tax breaks.

 

Read the full note in AFP.

 

Thailand plans to open a national shipping company

Thailand plans to open a national shipping company, to minimize dependence on foreign vessels. The announcement of this new plan was made by the Ministry of Transport of Thailand, adding that another objective is to encourage commercial exchange in Thailand.

Although it is still in the study phase, Saksayam Chidchob, Thailand’s Transport Minister, said that the Thai port authorities have already received instruction to assess the viability of a shipping line during the next month.

If feasible, the national shipping company would have three independent branches, the first for cargo movement in the Asian region, the second for cabotage, and the last for exchange with other regions worldwide.

Subsequently, once the feasibility tests have been carried out by the competent authorities, they may be presented to the cabinet during the first months of 2022.

If the procedure is positive, the creation of a national shipping company in Thailand would begin in the middle of the year.

As mentioned in previous lines, it is not only about the independence of foreign ships, but also about promoting maritime trade in Thailand.

In this way, strengthening logistics ties with the Thai Gulf and the Andaman Sea is part of the plans to expand and strengthen connections.

Read the full note at Portal Portuario.