Effective Asset Management in Airports
The Civil Aviation Authority reported that 7.8 million passengers went through UK airports in 2013, a 3.5% rise from 2012*. And the projections are set to increase further, with global air travel expected to double by 2030*. This will mean more air traffic, as well as a rise in the average number of passengers per flight. This surge coincides with an escalation of security responsibilities and the need for cargo to be handled faster and aircraft ground time to be reduced.
The growth in passengers is met with a greater expectation from them for a seamless experience. Delays have an impact not just on reputation and customer satisfaction but it can also result in hefty fines for the airline or airport seen to be responsible. So how will airports cope with the increase of traffic and demands? According to the European Commission, airports are already struggling to cope with the amount of passengers and simply expanding the airports is, in a lot of cases, not an option as there is no space to do so**.
Building Management Systems are one solution that looks at improving the efficiencies of all aspects of an airport, and they have a valuable role to play in linking security, access control, HVAC and other operational necessities. Technology, and more importantly integrated technology, has a significant effect on airport flow, meaning that more passengers, more cargo and more air traffic can be processed in the same space. This white paper outlines how a key and asset management system can help different departments at airports manage the everyday items that are crucial to the many processes that keep an airport running.
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