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More about airport systems integration | Providers of airport information systemsTechnavio, leading market research reports providers, announced the top five AIS market providers that they expect will lead the way until the end of the decade.

Airport operators are coming under increasing pressure as systems become more advanced, and requirements and expectations rise. The global aviation industry is growing at a rate of more than 5% year-on-year in terms of passenger traffic, and systems integration is critical to ensure smooth and efficient airport operations.

Four of the top five providers are based in Europe, with just one, Rockwell Collins, based outside the EU.

Rockwell Collins, with its acquisition of ARINC three years ago, has gone from strength to strength in this sector of the industry with superior integration processes for airports across the world.

AviNet Airport is just one of its powerful solutions, giving operational agility to the airport environment and leveraging the proven AviNet network for seamless reliability in the messaging environment.

More about the provision of a secure platform for passenger data exchange | Business Aviation NewsThe National Migration Superintendent for Peru, Mr Boris Protozen and Richard Gil Kerlikowske, the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to unite in the prevention of terrorism by agreeing to exchange secure flight passenger data.

The MoU, signed at the end of last month, highlights the commitment between the two organisations to fight to keep the borders of their countries, and flight operations secure. Under the Advance Passenger Information System, the Department of Homeland Security and CBP will receive secure data to allow advance passenger screening in real time.

Providers of Advance Passenger Information Systems (APIS) ensure that passenger data exchange occurs in a timely fashion to enable airlines and operators to adhere to strict mandatory conditions that surround the process, in terms of collection, storage and transmission of the data.

Peru joins an increasing number of countries around the world who are appreciating the benefits of monitoring the movements of persons of interest.

cabin-services-worldwideCPDLC (Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications) gives operators enhanced efficiency and the opportunity to reduce operational costs with the ability to receive direct clearance from ATC. This Departure Clearance Functionality was tested this week in Kentucky by Universal Avionics using their Cessna Citation 7.

Increasing efficiency is critical both on the ground and on the flight deck, and minimising flight crew workload, saving time and reducing costs are high priorities on the agenda of many an operator.

The functionality test recorded clearance delivery in just 22 seconds at the FAA tech centre, and Universal Avionics announce their testing as a success.

Providers of CPDLC to supplement voice communications recognise the need for reliability, and prepare to ready the industry for compliance before the end of the decade.

Find out more about Rockwell Collins' ARINC Airport solutions | Business Aviation NewsAirplan, a Columbian private airport management company, has extended and renewed its Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Airport solutions for six of its managed airports across north central Columbia.

Working together since 2010, Airplan and Rockwell Collins will continue in what is described as a ‘multi-year contract’ with ARINC vMUSE check-in applications and ARINC SelfServe kiosks.

Airplan chose the ARINC Airports solutions to negate the necessity of upgrading airport infrastructure. ARINC vMUSE operates on common-use systems for both passenger processing and back office processes, such as flight planning and crew scheduling.

More about CPDLC | Next-Gen aircraft communications providerBritish satellite communications network, Inmarsat, has announced the award of an ESA contract to develop the European requirements for next-generation aircraft communications and air traffic management.

Inmarsat will head a team constructed from more than 30 aviation industry companies to ensure operational efficiency for the program, which will focus on the improvement of data link communications using satellite technology.

Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications, known simply as CPDLC, increases the efficiency of flights, and under the SESAR initiative, will allow operators access to approved routes which can also save fuel and flight time.

The introduction of CPDLC mandates by 2020 will relieve pilot and flight deck workload and greatly improve the congestion of European airspace, optimising route and airport capacity, and also reducing CO2 emissions.

More about CPDLC, from industry-leading Inmarsat partner-providers.

baggage-drop-system-gatwickPassengers at Berlin Schonefeld Airport (SXF) will soon benefit from an efficient check-in and security experience with the implementation of Rockwell Collins’ ARINC vMUSE common use passenger processing solution.

Due to growth over the past few years, SXF realised they needed a solution to increase the efficiency of their passenger processing system without creating additional expense for infrastructure at the airport. ARINC vMUSE common use system delivers the enhanced solution, which can also reduce the need for dedicated airline check-in counters, and can pave the way for self-service baggage handling and passenger check-in, using multiple airline bag drop and passenger processing.

All over the world, common use systems are saving valuable terminal space and reducing operational costs while increasing efficiency as passenger growth continues at an average rate of 5% per year.

swiftbroadbandIndian exporters have asked the Bangladeshi government to urge the UK to lift the recently imposed cargo bans on direct flights from Dhaka, as they are worried about the economic implications for businesses who rely on exports to the UK and Europe.

The bans were issued by the UK Department for Transport due to a lack of international security requirements, particularly on cargo being transported on indirect routes.

Aviation security is an increasing challenge being faced by airlines and carriers all over the world, and the requirements are becoming more and more stringent to ensure safe passage and to enhance border security.

Aviation security screening is also becoming more sophisticated, and providers of security systems are delivering solutions to cover both physical and biometric security for the aviation sector and for other critical facilities.

Providers of physical security solutions for airports and facilities | Business Aviation NewsA market research report from Transparency Market Research has shown clear indication that the air transport security marketplace will continue to grow over the next five years at a rate of almost 11% CAGR.

According to the report, the growth will be largely due to the expansion of demand in the Asia Pacific region, but across the world, countries are clamping down on terrorism and ensuring passenger safety through both physical and cyber security improvements.

As investment is also increasing, the cost of upgrading air transport security systems is not expected to impact demand for enhanced surveillance, access control and biometric systems. Providers of physical security solutions for airports and facilities welcome the indicators for growth over the coming years.

The EU PNR transmission directive is in the news again, as EU parliament members are accused of ‘playing games’.

Earlier this year, the plans for the introduction of the EU PNR Directive continued to be hotly debated, yet the final drafts were agreed for the vote in the European Parliament. It has been announced that the plans are now subject to further delays following a mass vote against the initiative.

The announcement has created frustration amongst the lawmakers in Europe, who are eager to put an official plan in place to introduce what they are referring to as a ‘critical counter-terrorism tool’.

The controversy has arisen again around the breach of privacy of an individual’s personal information, as PNR data will be retained for airlines for five years, the first six months of which will retain personal identifying data.

This is not to say that information will be accessible by the public, but rather by a specially-created regulating body, specifically detailed to handle the sensitive information.

Passenger Name Records have been in existence for many years, originally being used to assist interlining passengers with baggage transfers. The new directive aims to use PNR information in a similar way to Advance Passenger Information, which is used to screen passengers in advance of international travel.

world-map-1112001-mRockwell Collins has announced that Air China has renewed its contract for ARINC GLOBALink, the leading air-ground data communications package, providing a secure messaging platform for critical inflight messaging.

Air China also has Rockwell Collins’ comprehensive communications suites, including VHF, SATCOM and HFDL to ensure coverage over a diverse range of aircraft communications.

The contract renewal comes in line with the plans that Air China has for expansion of its international routes and fleet.