Smart Airports in Action

KonectCity in partnership with IBM developed a project for integrating, correlating and representing the systems currently in use at the Terminal COS (Operative Security Center), based on natural gestures.
The proposed solution will allow the operating units to optimize process timing and resources in the field.

This inquiry was motivated by under-serviced systems, redundant personnel, and sudden strikes. As a consequence, flustered passengers and aggravated costs were causing harm to the company. Thanks to our solutions, all scheduled flights are on time, boarding operations flow with no delays and redundant personnel was destined to different operational duties maximizing profits and time.

It’s a high-performance Geo-Spatial Command & Control System that leverages the most advanced technologies of graphic representation, able to offer new visualization and interaction modes according to the Natural User Interface paradigm.
Our system supervises, commands and controls used in MCS – Mission Critical System such as ports, airports, cargo and passenger terminals, military, security and intelligence environments, where the real-time aggregation of data from heterogeneous sources and systems allows the user to have a complete overview of a situation and observe and control it through a single system and a single interface.

Analysis of the existing infrastructure
According to the technical inspection and to the information received, the infrastructure results composed of 28 different systems, managed separately and exactly:
• GroundStar System for the parking areas occupation scheduling of aircraft and ground means for logistics.
• ADM (Airport Data Management) System showing the data coming from Enav Radars and used at the same time for sending logistical information to the arriving aircraft.
• Avigilon stream system used for the verification of the parking areas occupational state
• SDK Avigilon application, developed for showing for every single parking position: arrival and departure data inclusive of a video stream.
• Motorola Tetra System for radio communication via the airport and major handler.

The following external services have been taken into consideration for further verification of the flight status :
• Flightradar24
• Eurocontrol
The Help System, integrated into the platform manages the following activities
• GPS Vehicles Tracking
• Events
• Tele warning
• ADM data coming from ENAV radars

The operator working flow could be summarized in the following essential steps:
Assignment of the stand where the aircraft has to park, looking at a first monitor showing the occupation planning data in Gantt form (similar to an Excel sheet).
On a second monitor, the operator checks the flight arrival times using public web-services systems.
The operator checks on a third monitor the video stream so to be sure that the destination stand is free.
Then he forwards the stand number to the control tower. The control tower transmits the info to the aircraft.
Finally, the operator communicates through a traditional radio system with the resources in the
field.

The interface proposes a first overview with the visualization of the status of every system in the field.
In the upper part of the interface, the aggregate system proposes the list of the arriving flights (Arrivals) received by Gantt.
Automatically the system warns the operator that is necessary to assign to the control tower (ex ADM) the free automatically confirmed stand.
The operator clicks on the alerted stand and so he sees its actual state (free/occupied) through cameras automatically streaming on location.
When the operator touches the alerted stand, a panel proposes the video stream of the selected stand as well as other information on the flight, like scheduled arrival and departure, boarding gate, check-in desk, and baggage-handling conveyors.
Clicking on the button on the same panel, the operator can confirm it with a simple touch on the screen and send the data to the control tower.

The same panel could be used for managing all the other flight management processes.
The system based on our platform can
automate all processes and operations that follow rules based on routines and data patterns to facilitate and simplify the operator’s work, so to optimize procedures timing and minimize mistakes.
Rules can be added to automatically report all performed operations.
Data coming from sub-systems, state of the parking stands, and the information shown by the systems are all geo-referenced on the map with a continued data feed and monitor update.

In the lower part of the interface, a time-bar will allow the operator to examine the history of the past 24 hours and the scheduling of the following 4 hours.
Additionally, from the Managing Monitor, it will be possible to use the Radio Communication System. The operator will, in fact, dispose of a panel that will allow him to communicate via chat and/or voice with the operators in the field
Additionally, it will be possible to integrate weather information services and visualize their data on the visualized terminal area.

For the Command and Control Room, we will supply Multi-Touch46” monitors, integrated into the operator command console, with relevant connected PC Tower. One single operator can manage all operations.