With widening air traffic volume, the civil aviation has become the fastest-growing industry in recent past as even a common man wants to feel luxury beside saving time. Global demand for air travel is expected to grow by 7.0% in 2018, and the total number of air passengers is expected to soar to 4.36 billion.
With mounting operational pressures, airports now face multiple challenges such as complex safety issues, limited operational resources, and low passenger satisfaction. Consequently, the contradiction between the rapid growth of air transportation volume and insufficient operational support capabilities is prominent.
This emphasises the need for a holistic airport-wide sensing, analysis, and response capabilities, said telecom technology major Huawei.
Passenger experience is another top priority for airports. To build a smart airport, continuous efforts must be made to provide an E2E, convenient, and pleasant travel experience for passengers from the moment they arrive at the airport. Huawei claims its newly launched Smart Airport 2.0 Solution will be a complete answer to many woes of the global civil aviation industry.
Liu Zhongheng, President of the Transportation Sector of Huawei Enterprise Business Group said, “Huawei provides airports with an end-to-end ICT solution with a competitive edge at the cloud, pipe, and device layers. The solution improves ICT-based, intelligent, and secure airport management and enhances passenger experiences. Our focus will continue to be on developing ICT solutions that use cloud computing, mobile connectivity, IoT, and Big Data, helping customers achieve digital transformation and build future-oriented smart airports.’’
“The new Smart Airport solution focuses on technology linkages among intelligent video surveillance, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and IoT. This enables data interaction among various vertical business systems at airports, drives intelligent and efficient airport operations, accelerates security responses, and delivers more convenient and comfortable passenger experiences,” he added.
Counting the qualities of system Zhongheng said that the IoT-based smart solution is able to monitor and control navigation lights in real time, which has been a long-time issue for the aviation industry, reducing manual inspection costs by more than 10,000 hours per person per year. Moreover, the solution provides airports with tailor-made panoramic video surveillance and intelligent perimeter protection to ensure airport safety. Using four thousand intelligent cameras, as well as passive optical networks for quick video backhaul, Airport Operations Center (AOC) personnel can easily monitor the whole process of takeoff and landing, and automatically track flights, achieving ultra-HD surveillance without any blind spots.
Based on facial recognition technology of the intelligent video surveillance system, passengers can quickly go all the way from security check to boarding. By simply presenting their faces, passenger flight information and boarding gate navigation maps are automatically shown on the flight information display screens. The IoT technology will help passengers view baggage status and location in-real time from drop-off, transport, and claim — preventing any baggage loss. Wi-Fi-based indoor positioning technologies are used to help airport operators quickly collect passenger traffic statistics and adjust the operation hours of security check channels in real time, reducing passenger wait times.
As per Huawei, its new solution also helps airports implement the smart allocation of aircraft stands, smart navigation lighting, and visualized ground handling, which improve operating efficiency and reduce flight turnaround time.