Published February 2023
Continual advances in technology and knowledge provide opportunities to work smarter and improve the efficiency, safety, and resiliency of aviation operations. Putting technology to work for us, with intuitive interface and communication tools, and a robust AI backend to track, organize, and evaluate data and trends, is the goal.
In this project, the ACT Airport Digitization Working Group investigated how the application of leading-edge technologies to digitize the apron could improve the efficiency, safety, and resiliency of airside operations.
This report summarizes the current technology landscape, the methods of “digitizing” the apron, and the results of a corresponding trial. It aims to provide a snapshot of improvements and available technologies, concrete examples of selected aspects being implemented in live operations, and signposts to the possibilities of technological advances in the future.
As part of this investigation, several companies established a proof-of-concept on live areas of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. The trial aimed to implement and demonstrate a scalable end-to-end Intelligent Apron solution that tracks the following use cases:
This pilot project has been done as part of AAAE’s Airport Consortium on Transformation (ACT) program. ACT is focused on evaluating, coordinating, and launching solutions in airports to address the near-, mid-, and long-term recovery needs of the industry. The collaborative efforts between airport members and corporate partners will result in valuable information and resources to help airports accelerate traffic recovery through sharing of results, service evaluation, and implementation of new technologies.
The ACT Airport Digitization Working Group has been actively supported by a range of airports and industry participants.
Contact Jose Saavedra at [email protected] to learn more.