In this era of globalization, every business big or small; Consumer revolves around demand. The introduction of smart airports is a testament to the fact that the aviation industry is no different. With continuous research and development activities to advance technologies in every field, consumer needs are also increasing. There has been a significant increase in business travel.Smart Airports – Making Every Journey Better Than Before
Improving air travel affordability due to beautiful spendable income and cost-effective flight services adds to this trend. To meet the increasing demand, each business has a perfect business model designed to meet the maximum requirements.
Ten years ago, buses and trains were some of the most common modes of transport for long-distance travel, either buses or trains. At that time, the number of passengers traveling by airplane was quite low due to expensive tickets and limited number of airports. While still; Passengers going for long-distance travel are purely their preferences. The number of passengers going for air travel on trains and on the road is increasing exceptionally with each passing day. All the credit goes to the airport authorities, who are constantly focusing on changing consumer demand and timely upgrading airport services accordingly.
Ultra-Modern Smart Airport Technologies
There are many examples of technologies that are sufficient to convert any airport into a smart airport and provide high-level services to passengers.
Worldwide, technologies such as radio frequency identification and Bluetooth beacons are being used in airports, sports stadiums, museums, and even retail stores. Such technologies can allow users to locate themselves and get directions to access a particular section inside that location.
This radio frequency detection is based on wireless transmission of data in electromagnetic fields to detect those tags that are connected to different objects. For example, Dubai International Airport is using this technology to track luggage for various airlines. It can help airlines track luggage for their passengers from check-in to landing. The use of this smart technology at airports can significantly reduce the number of complaints related to lost luggage.
Making Every Journey Better Than Before
• IP-enabled security cameras
Always packed with passengers traveling from different corners of the world, security is one of the major concerns at any airport. In order to maintain a high airport security level in all aspects, it is necessary that the airport has all types of smart gadgets available. One of those devices is an IP-enabled security camera. Such cameras are wired or wirelessly connected to the Internet and to provide real-time monitoring anywhere around the world using Internet compatible smart devices such as mobile phones and TV screens. The real-time surveillance facility can support security staff at the airport to identify suspects behind terrorist activities and maintain peace. Smart cameras such as IP cameras equipped with facial recognition software and video analytics can perform illegal activity and record it using algorithms and facial recognition. Almost every smart airport is using the latest technology cameras for security purposes due to cost-effectiveness and scalability.
Another sheer example of smart technologies being implemented for faster operations at airports is biometrics. The technology uses physical features such as fingerprint scanning, facial recognition, voice recognition and IRIS scanning for quick identification of passengers while boarding and de-boarding at airports.
This is why it can shorten the investigation process for passengers by eliminating long queues and identifying criminal suspects if any. Biometric machines use a pre-loaded database of well-known criminals around the world and every passenger is examined with biometric details to define any irregularities. For example, Air Asia recently introduced a biometric boarding system at Senai International Airport for screening its passengers to fly from Macau and Bangkok. Passengers will have to keep their passports at an automated desk, scanning their faces to create a profile. From there, passengers can speed up their boarding through face scans.
• Web Check in
As the name suggests, passengers traveling by airplane can opt for the web check-in facility to avoid long check-in queues at airports. This smart service is best for those traveling with hand luggage only because they can move directly to security check-in and save time. However, passengers carrying a checking bag can leave luggage directly before proceeding to a security check.
In addition, passengers can also register their presence on the flight and print their boarding pass with selected seats. Also, any details about the quantity of food and goods.