Global Advanced Airport Technologies Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2018 - 2023)
The advanced airport technologies market is anticipated to register a CAGR of 5.3% over the forecast period 2018 - 2023. Advanced technologies are being used in various airport systems such as airport communications, digital signage systems, airport management systems, fire, security and car parking systems.
Enhancing Passenger Security Systems
The rapid growth of the industry has put airport operators under pressure to face essential challenges such as increasing their capacity, optimizing their processes, diversifying their revenues, being part of the global passenger experience and, providing top security and cybersecurity measures. Airports recognize the need to move towards more efficient and less intrusive security to help them reduce the high cost of security implementation and to provide the hassle-free experience today’s traveler's demand. As well as redesigning facilities and providing additional training to improve security services, airports need to take an automated, proactive approach that makes passenger journeys faster and more comfortable while taking into account the constantly evolving threat environment. Of course, this must be accomplished in a cost-efficient way to ensure it doesn’t add to already excessive security costs. Advanced detection technologies, more efficient security procedures and improved intelligence will involve close collaboration between airports, airlines, and national or regional governments to provide the safe and best passenger experience.
Approximately 1.5 million commercial aviation passengers are screened in US each day for weapons and dangerous articles before boarding an airplane. The alarm-clearing search procedures employ either a hand-wand metal detector or a physical pat-down search. The technologies for detecting metallic objects are mature, and the manner in which these technologies are implemented to ensure airport and air carrier security is familiar to travelers.
RISING INFLUX OF PASSENGERS ON AIRPORTS
The rise in the number of passengers have proven the airports inefficient in dealing with the arising passenger problems. Situations such as crowded check-in counters, last minute gate changes as well as service delays creates frustration among the passengers. These problems arise due to the lack of information as well as poor communication among the airline, airport as well as the passengers. Airports, in the present scenario have become increasingly congested and it is vital in ensuring that they have the right technology in place. Service disruptions, long check-in lines and baggage issues are the three main areas of passenger discomfort. In order to tackle these challenges and improve the experience of the customer, airports worldwide adopting newer technologies such as self-check in kiosks that will help in revolutionizing the check-in process.
Furthermore, new technologies such as face recognition systems can be seen in various airports. Facial scanning systems have been installed at the international departure airports of Boston, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, New York City as well as Washington DC with newer facial recognition systems coming to various airports in 2018. Facial technology in airports takes the picture of the travelling passengers and the system scans the passenger’s faces and matches it to the image stored in the biometric chip of the passenger’s electronic passport or against an airline passenger manifest. This system helps the passenger to board their flights swiftly thus avoiding the process of manual passenger inspection. Furthermore, these systems shall help in reducing the queues at the check-in counters while speeding up the airline boarding process. The facial recognition technology was first used for New York based JetBlue Airways to inspect the passengers on the flight travelling from Boston (BOS) to Aruba (AUA). This technology helps in confirming the identity of the passenger in 2-3 minutes thus saving the passenger from showing his original boarding pass. Furthermore, Miami International Airport (MIA) is the first international airport in US of America to inaugurate the facility of facial recognition. In the present scenario, 100 Access500 e-kiosks have been set up at the Dubai International Airport (DXB). The systems contain facial recognition sensors as well as biometric capturing devices which shall help to identify passengers within 2-3 seconds.
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