IBM Helps Airport Connect

9/26/2012

Cities are looking for ways to beef up their infrastructure and services, while also saving money. This may seem like an overwhelming task, but technology systems are helping to make it a reality. Around the world, M2M (machine-to-machine) technology is enabling cities to compete in the global economy.

Today, the world is more connected than ever, and cities don’t just compete with their immediate neighbors for people, businesses, and investment. They are likely competing with cities on the other side of the globe, and as such they need to leverage new technology solutions that can make life more convenient, safer, and healthier for their citizens.

Communities are looking to technology related to the “smart city” to help them achieve their goals. According to ABI Research, www.abiresearch.com, the market for technologies related to smart city programs and projects will grow on a global basis from $8 billion in 2010 to exceed $39 billion in 2016. Money will go toward projects such as municipal wireless networks, connected transportation systems, smart grid, and green initiatives.


Another place cities are channeling their smart-city connectivity efforts is through their airports. Serving as a hub for people and freight, airports can act as a nerve center for a city. By creating airports that are connected and convenient, cities establish themselves as great places to work, live, and travel for business.

In India, Bengaluru Intl. Airport Limited, located near Bangalore, is working with IBM, www.ibm.com, to implement connected technology aimed at enhancing its service while keeping costs in line. IBM is supplying its Smart Airport Enabler technology, which is an architecture designed to connect various aspects of airport operations. It is a component of IBM’s Airport Operations Management Systems, an IT platform that IBM says delivers operational efficiency, cross-stakeholder collaboration, and realtime information that can be used to make timely decisions.

With Smart Airport Enabler, systems throughout the airport will be connected, allowing for a common view of operations that’s available to various stakeholders, both internal and external. IBM says airport operations, airlines, retailers, and ground handling providers are all interconnected with access to the same data.

Airports have been hotbeds of M2M technology implementation due to their needs of transiting large numbers of people and huge amounts of goods, all while adhering to a rigid schedule. To read more about connected airports, check out the July/ August issue of Connected World magazine. These connected hubs are set to become even more important in the future.




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