Airports across the world face huge challenges, made even more serious by the current COVID19 pandemic. The usual pressures of matching Airport capacity to increased demand have been dramatically supplanted by the need for sustainability - substantially reducing costs, reducing usage of expensive assets, reducing carbon footprint and energy consumption, while at the same time providing an even more safe and secure environment for passengers and staff alike.
To help Airports solve some of their major problems, ACRIS manages a portfolio of projects, each of which is targeted at providing practical solutions. Project teams typically involve members from airports and other organisations across the world.
Your participation in current and future ACRIS projects is very welcome. Not only will you learn how to implement and benefit from the ACRIS Semantic Model in your own area, you will learn from the collective knowledge and experience of many aviation professionals, whether business or technology focussed. You will also be contributing to the development of international standards for aviation information.
Examples of these projects include:
Improve Passenger Experience:
The Seamless Travel initiative was developed to help provide the traveller with information and services that are directly relevant to their journey. For example to enable a passenger to reserve a hire car using a white label app on their phone, and be able to pick up the keys at a nominated location, without having to wait.
The Wait Times project delivered a set of APIs to enable the passenger, airport and regulatory bodies to view timely and consistent information on actual and expected waiting times at security checkpoints.
The Baggage Information Exchange initiative provides modern messaging about bags to help reduce baggage handling costs, reduce the incidence of short shipped bags and so improve passenger experience.
Improve Resource Usage:
The Asset Management project was established to develop common standards for the exchange of information on the usage, performance and management of a vast range of Airport assets. For example to standardise on the information on the condition of equipment, to enable predictive, rather than reactive, maintenance.
The Passenger and Bag Conformance initiative (also known as IATA RP 1741) extends the use of common facilities, and improves passenger experience by improving the reconciliation information for passengers and their bags.
Other projects that focus on resource usage include the models for planning and operating De-icing equipment, and for improving the efficiency of Parking facilities.
Improve Safety and Security:
The Airport Health Measures Portal was developed to provide a portal to a central repository to capture information about the (1) requirements that airports are placing on passengers (2) the safety measures that airports have implemented and (3) the additional services (or changes to existing services) that airports have introduced to assure the safety of all passengers and staff. A set of standard APIs makes this information readily available to passengers and other stakeholders.
Improve Situational Awareness:
Airports face multiple challenges in providing a common passenger experience especially for indoor navigation and way finding. Airlines require accurate maps of airports to provide to their customers. Airlines cannot support multiple proprietary location centric technologies at each airport they service. Airlines need real-time data from airports to provide consistent experiences for their customers at each airport they service. The ACRIS Semantic Model was extended to simplify, standardise and reduce the cost of geospatial information to provide improved experience of aviation parties, including passengers.