Technavio, 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.
Airplan, 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.
Airlines and operators today enjoy the enhanced benefits of network connectivity, reaping rewards such as increased operational efficiency, situational awareness and passenger satisfaction as processing and data transfer continues to streamline passenger processing.
However, there are still concerns in the industry over security measures, with risks increasing in terms of infiltration, or hacking, of critical airport systems infrastructure.
To ensure comprehensive security across an entire infrastructure, these challenges can be addressed with implementation of reliable network services, such as the use of a Wide Area Network (WAN). Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AviNet WAN, for example, gives airlines and operators secure access to a system that has been in operation for more than 50 years, operating seamlessly with airport systems such as the proven vMUSE platform.
vMUSE is a well-known platform, handling applications for back-office, baggage handling, passenger processing and aircraft communications.
Dealing with aviation network security challenges is an important part of airport operations to ensure aircraft and passenger safety across the globe.
Mission critical communications in airports is an essential part of operations, securely delivering and receiving aviation messaging such as accident management, personnel communications, ATS and passenger information.
Reliable, on-the-ground messaging within the airport environment, or from business-to-business, can mean the difference between efficient operational productivity, or costly ground delays. Mission critical communications providers around the world rely on messaging networks to deliver these transmissions swiftly and securely, often using Type B protocols.
Miami International Airport has selected Everbridge to provide their system upgrades to assist and improve incident response times and minimise errors within their messaging environment.
All over the world the face of airport operations is changing – from security to check-in – and operators are looking to the latest innovations in technology to further enhance efficiency throughout the airport environment.
The complex sector of IT infrastructure is not overlooked, as the self-service revolution intensifies and even more systems need to communicate with one another, and recognise biometric data of passengers and personnel.
The largest airport technology and systems providers are constantly updating their solutions to give airports exactly what they need to operate at the optimum efficiency. What is needed is a robust IT infrastructure to handle the millions of pieces of data that pass through airport systems every day.
Canada-based Latitude Technologies has joined the aircraft messaging sector for next generation solutions with their satellite data unit, DL150, which will support ACARS and CPDLC, and complete their FANS 1/A+ offering.
As the commercial and business aviation industry moves towards a holistic approach to flight communications, and with the CPDLC compliance initiative just around the corner, operators are searching for the most competitive aircraft messaging solutions.
Other providers, such as Rockwell Collins’ ARINC, with their CPDLC and Type B messaging suites, are delivering packages to ensure their customers find the right fit for their business and requirements.
Many passengers dread the security screening process in airports. Although most of us are not carrying prohibited items, that feeling of being screened give us a sense of guilt anyway.
Baggage handling systems in airports have inevitably improved in the past five years and screening using the latest technology has undoubtedly speeded up the entire check-in process. Systems such as ExpressDrop have given passengers greater control of their journey times using self-service kiosks and bag drop desks to have baggage weighed, measured and tagged before leaving the terminal to continue through the screening process.
Some of the world’s top security experts have said that the greatest threats to airport security can come from inside the terminal, with personnel having greater access to vulnerable areas. It is thought that the Metrojet incident was likely caused by the placement of a bomb by a baggage handler, which begs the question are these self-service, automated systems going to improve security by effectively reducing the amount of handling baggage goes through by ‘real’ hands?
Undoubtedly, airport security screening must step up to look as closely at the airport staff as it does at the passengers, particularly now, as the entire world feels vulnerable to attack.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) are issued when issues arise within airspace, whether that may be due to weather warnings, large flocks of birds migrating or an unscheduled VIP flight.
TFRs are issued in the form of NOTAMs to flight deck personnel and must be delivered swiftly and securely. Methods of delivery include ACARS messaging or Type B messaging and some respected providers can guarantee delivery within one second.
The NBAA maintain that VIP TFRs continue to cause problems for the business aviation industry, with restrictions effectively blocking access, as happened recently when the President of the United States planned to fly into Orlando on the eve of the NBAA Convention.
The TFR threatened to disrupt access for business jets to the Orlando Executive Airport and the NBAA worked with the FAA and airport security in an attempt to minimise disruption. The TFR was cancelled just a few hours into the 24-hour period, but it served to remind officials of the problems presented to the business aviation industry.
Although the NBAA concede that issues have improved in recent years, problems still arise from TFRs, but the focus must always remain on security, rather than access to airspace.
As issues arise in the aircraft maintenance industry with gaps in knowledge of the fast-advancing technology on board, it has been suggested that training is necessary to ensure maintenance teams are fully aware of the latest solutions for airport information systems and aircraft communications.
According to experts, around 90% of problems that arise in the sector are down to people errors and issues. Even today’s graduates lack specific knowledge of the most advanced information management systems.
Older, legacy messaging systems are slowly being replaced all over the world with solutions such as Rockwell Collins’ ARINC eHub for example. Multi-use web-based services are increasing in popularity due to the increased efficiency of the messaging environment and comprehensive approach to information technology.
World-leading aviation communications provider, Rockwell Collins, has announced the launch of a new disaster communications network – ARINC UrgentLink – to enable first-responders communications channels when local ground networks have been compromised, damaged or destroyed.
Rockwell Collins’ ARINC UrgentLink leverages current mission critical transmission technologies, successfully used and proven within the aviation industry, and uses licensed radio frequencies specifically disaster-authorised by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).