August 2018

Smart Cities Technology Brings Smart Airports Closer

This year’s Passenger Terminal Expo, held in Stockholm, left some exhibitors surprised at the high levels of interest in the latest smart airports technology.

Attendees commented that some of the technology exhibitors and airport services providers had brought smart cities solutions to a point where they were within reach of airports of all sizes.

The concept of smart cities is still facing major challenges in implementation. From funding and investment to the complexities and multi-faceted approach to integration and decision-making, it is still clear that smart cities are a fair way off. Smart cities technology and services providers are now recognising that the creation of smart airports is a much more attainable prospect.


Addressing airport needs and challenges with smart cities tech

The requirements of airports can be addressed with smart cities technology, and the approach, however scaled, remains similar in strategic positioning from a business perspective. Airports are already implementing future-proof solutions to meet existing challenges such as increasing passenger numbers, regulatory conditions, mandatory compliance and physical airport security, and the consensus across the industry on a global scale is that automation is the way forward.

A smart airport, fully integrated and automated, can not only improve operational infrastructure and levels of service, it can also deliver greater transparency and visibility for government security agencies and border control.
For some years, perhaps the last decade, airlines, airports and operators have been working towards greater efficiency, and as technology has advanced, solutions have been implemented to improve both operational productivity and passenger experience.

Today, it is becoming increasingly obvious that comprehensive integration is key to maintaining this scalability and flexibility. When systems are operating disparately, risk of failure is much higher.

When new technology is introduced, it can prove challenging to fully integrate systems and applications enough to give a comprehensive, real-time view of its effectivity from the outset. The concept of smart airports, based on the smart cities technology model, provides a holistic approach that delivers greater accuracy and data quality for both airport and external services, such as local transportation or aviation third-party providers.


Improving connectivity brings smart airports a step closer

A strong theme running through PTE this year was data and connectivity, both for passenger experience and for airport operations. Improved connectivity across the entire airport environment can help management teams in several ways, including enhancing efficiency during peak traffic times to maintain passenger flow and assisting with planning to optimise terminal layout.

The latest connectivity solutions are increasingly powerful and are designed to help airline and airport operators remain compliant with mandatory regulations, and especially data privacy and protection. With connectivity now exceeding industry expectations, the doors are open to even more innovative tools and systems, and with comprehensive data management, greater insights are becoming available to assist in decision-making for the smart airport.


Harnessing the power of current, existing biometrics in airports

Probably one of the most recognisable trends through PTE 2018 and in a growing number of airports around the world, is the use of biometrics. Biometric solutions are being used to create a seamless approach to passenger processing, including baggage handling and security screening, with the aim of a single-token journey for the passenger through every stage.

The introduction and updating of biometric applications are increasing at a significant rate, and the pace is gathering towards biometrics becoming an industry-standard. With connectivity solutions also able to handle more and more technology, airports are realising that there are greater benefits to be had in biometrics data to further increase passenger experience through interactivity and tailored services.


Comprehensive integration key to scalable airport management

With a complex range of disparate systems, it is clear to see that often, airport operators can quickly face challenges in efficiency and reliability. Only a unified airport management system can handle the requirements of a smart airport.

PTE 2018 demonstrated that the smart airport is ultimately on the minds of the smart cities technology providers. With a management system that comprehensively combines operational, infrastructural and security requirements with high-end analytics, planning and reporting capability, in addition to passenger facilitation and processing applications, operators of airports of all sizes can envisage a smart airport with a powerful scalability.

Interestingly, some attendees believe that total airport management platform implementation is still a little ahead of its time, but the increased interest noted by some of the exhibitors does demonstrate that the fast-paced increase in connectivity solutions and smart airport technologies is being noticed by the decision-makers.


Increasing passenger experience with the smart airport

The general trend of the PTE this year is again passenger experience, and how the use of smart cities technology can be scaled to enhance safety, efficiency and security across the entire airport environment, regardless of size. In this vein, many regional airport and airlines decision-makers have been encouraged by the appearance of smart cities technology developers and services providers at PTE, offering scalable, achievable solutions to some of the most common challenges faced by the aviation industry every day.

The modern airline passenger has higher expectations than ever before, and with passenger numbers rising on a global scale, year-on-year, airport operators need to ensure seamless passenger experience across the entire airport.

Smart airports solutions are demonstrating that a scalable, yet holistic approach to airport management, when implemented correctly and integrated fully, offers all the benefits of the smart city ideal – without the complexity.

For more on this story and to find out about more Rockwell Collins news click here.



Previous Airport News

A Shared Approach to Cybersecurity in AirportsTaking A Shared Approach to Cybersecurity in Airports

July 2018

As cybersecurity in airports is constantly evolving and cyber-threats increasing, industry professionals are suggesting ways that airports can implement standards that help share the responsibility across the entire airport environment - from the top-down and the ground-up. Find out more.


Back to Rockwell Collins Airport News





Search Site

Arrivals Lounge

  • Airport News - Smart Cities Technology Brings Smart Airports Within Reach

    August 2018 This year’s Passenger Terminal Expo, held in Stockholm, left some exhibitors surprised at the high levels of interest in the latest smart airports technology. Attendees commented that some of the technology exhibitors and airport services providers had brought smart cities solutions to a point where they were within reach of airports of all sizes. The concept of smart cities is still f...
  • Airport News - Taking a Shared Approach to Cybersecurity in Airports

    July 2018 The approach to cybersecurity in airports around the world faces challenges in implementation. Airport operators understand that the fight for a completely cyber-secure environment must be an ongoing process, within a constantly-evolving, technologically-advanced industry that faces new threats and vulnerabilities on a daily basis. Some industry professionals believe that the only way to...
  • Airport News - 5 Considerations for Airport CEOs When Implementing Biometrics

    June 2018 This week we feature Rockwell Collins’ Director of Airport Strategic Programs, Daver Malik, discussing how the implementation of biometrics in airports around the world is making CEOs rethink passenger experience. There is little doubt that passenger experience is high on the priority lists of airport operators. The creation of a seamless travel experience is being achieved through the i...
  • Airport News - Ensuring Baggage Handling Keeps Up with Automated Immigration

    June 2018 As the popularity of automated immigration programs and processes soars, it is a crucial time to ensure that airport baggage handling solutions remain capable of keeping pace. With waiting times and queues reducing, airport operators are facing the challenge of making the baggage handling process seamlessly efficient, while maintaining security, IATA and other mandatory standards. The US...
  • Airport News - Airports Face Pressure for GDPR and PNR Compliance

    May 2018 With the introduction of GDPR, airports and airlines are implementing changes across infrastructures to ensure compliance with the new data protection regulation. With compliance requirements reaching into the PNR directive, airports and airlines of all sizes will be under pressure to make sure that the capture, storage and distribution of passenger data remains secure and protected. The...
  • IATA Resolution 753 – Our new paper is available

    May 2018 Are you ready? The deadline for IATA Resolution 753 is just around the corner. The resolution, designed to reduce lost and misplaced baggage, is set to take effect in June, and industry stakeholders are seeking cost-effective ways to prepare. If you want to learn more about what the resolution involves – and what it means for the industry – we’ve put together a list of the top 10 things y...
  • Airport News - Rockwell Collins Self BagDrop at the Dubai Airport Show

    May 2018 This week saw an impressive turnout at the Dubai Airport Show as airports representatives and operators attended to address some of the pressures they are facing to adopt new airport technologies and systems to cope with rising passenger demand and increasing mandatory security measures. Farnborough International News Network’s Alan Peaford took a tour of the show, which housed 300 exhibi...
  • Airport News - Rockwell Collins Airport Solutions at Dubai Airport Show

    May 2018 In just a few days’ time, the world’s largest annual airport exhibition will be underway in the heart of Dubai’s business district at the prestigious International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The 18th Airport Show will welcome more than 7,000 aviation decision-making professionals to see the very latest in airports innovation – and Rockwell Collins will be there. The world’s largest...
  • Airport News - New Release: ARINC Airports SmartBag Datasheet

    May 2018 Rockwell Collins is pleased to announce that a new datasheet has landed in our resources department and is now available to download or view online here. The rise in air travel is continuing at a rapid rate, and airport operators around the world are looking at more efficient ways to keep passengers moving, while maintaining high levels of security and passenger satisfaction. With IATA Re...
  • Airport News - Examining the Growth of Cybersecurity in Airports

    April 2018 In a recent article, we explored the issue of cybersecurity in airports, and looked at how the aviation industry is determined to create a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity preparedness. The issue of cybersecurity in airports is an area that is rapidly increasing in importance, and is looking to stay that way in the wake of industry data protection initiatives that are sweeping th...
  • Airport News - A Comprehensive Approach to Cybersecurity Preparedness

    April 2018 Cybersecurity preparedness is a critical issue in today’s data-protected society with increasing requirements and mandates to help overcome ever-more-sophisticated cyber threats. The aviation industry was recently identified by the US Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 (HSPD-7) as one of the 18 sectors that require an advanced cybersecurity solution. HSPD-7 puts in place a natio...
  • Airport News - New Video: Airport Single Token Biometric Journey

    April 2018 Rockwell Collins is pleased to announce the arrival of a new video to our YouTube channel - Rockwell Collins Airport Single Token Biometric Journey – watch online now to find out more. The Rockwell Collins single token biometric service is creating a simplified experience for the airport passenger, reducing queueing and wait times, while remaining seamlessly secure.The single token, pap...
  • Airport News - New Release: ARINC Airports SelfDrop Datasheet

    April 2018 Rockwell Collins has announced the arrival of a new datasheet in our Resources Lounge. ARINC Airports SelfDrop datasheet is available now to view online or download here. Self-service in the airport environment, regardless of size or capacity, can lead to improvements in passenger experience, airport flow and security. With increasing instances of passenger check-in happening away from...
  • Airport News - New Release: ARINC Airports APC Datasheet

    April 2018 Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Airports is pleased to announce the arrival of a new datasheet in our Resources Lounge. ARINC Airports Automated Passport Control (APC) Datasheet is available now to view online or download here. As security mandates grow ever more rigorous, and traveller numbers continue to increase, airports of all sizes are looking to automation to help ease congestion, enhanc...
  • Airport News - New Release: ARINC Airports SelfServ Datasheet

    April 2018 Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Airports is pleased to announce the arrival of a new datasheet in our Resources lounge. ARINC Airports SelfServ solution is helping global airports of all sizes to find ways to keep passengers moving through the airport environment to reduce congestion and enhance passenger experience. ARINC SelfServ software delivers the opportunity to use a cost-effective solut...