At CEBIT 2018, Huawei proudly launched its Smart Airport 2.0 Solution that covers a wide range of aspects such as visualized operational processes, visualized safety, visualized services, and airport IoT. The solution provides global airports with an innovative one-stop ICT platform featuring cloud-pipe-device collaboration, helping customers build future-oriented smart airports.
Huawei Smart Airport Visualized Operations Booth
Compared with the visualized ground handling solution of Smart Airport 1.0, the new Smart Airport 2.0 Solution focuses more on technology linkages among intelligent video surveillance, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (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.
In recent years, the booming global civil aviation industry has witnessed continuous and rapid increases in passenger traffic and airline revenue. According to the latest statistics of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), 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. In 2018, the net profit of global airlines will reach approximately US$33.8 billion, and global air travel expenditures will increase by 10.4% to US$794 billion. Civil aviation has become one of the fastest-growing industries in the world.
Authoritative reports show that global airport ICT investments are mostly influenced by upgrading passenger service items, travel safety, mobile commerce, and new technologies. Driven by these factors, airports are undergoing digital transformation toward smart operations and development. As for service capabilities and ICT environments, airports pay greater attention to business continuity, reliability, and stability. To achieve this, powerful ICT infrastructures and creative solutions are urgently needed.
However, 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. The service process lacks timely and accurate operating status and assurance resource monitoring, which reduces the efficiency of communications, production command, and dispatch.
In addition, airports are densely populated, but currently their visualized safety management and control measures are complex and ineffective. Airport-wide sensing, analysis, and response capabilities need to be enhanced as soon as possible.
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, to passenger check-in, baggage drop, security check, waiting, transfer, and baggage claim.
The newly released Huawei Smart Airport 2.0 Solution uses new ICT technologies such as digital collaboration, cloud computing, IoT, and Big Data to reconstruct airport information flows. It brings remarkable benefits to smart airports in terms of operational safety assurance, mobility, operating efficiency, and the quality of services for passengers and enterprises. From the perspectives of terminal building safety, apron operation, and passenger experience, the Smart Airport 2.0 Solution provides all-scenario designs that run through every step of an airport’s aircraft flow and passenger flow. The solution also delivers an optimal passenger experience through airport-wide situational awareness, advanced security functions, and intelligent collaboration.