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2017 Exhibitor interviews


Passenger Terminal EXPO 2017

LG Electronics

Bramm Hanns, marketing manager HE B2B Europe, LG Electronics, a first-time exhibitor at the show, introduces a host of advertising and FIDS solutions including the company’s centrepiece OLED displays, and a video wall solution with a bezel-to-bezel width of 1.8mm. He also discusses the company’s all-new Transparent LED Film, which at just 0.8mm in thickness can be installed on any existing glass surface such as storefront windows or airport terminal walls, without obstructing the view or blocking light from coming into the space.

Bagtag

Robin Van Scheers, managing director of DS Tags Group, launches Bagtag, an electronic display device with built-in low-energy Bluetooth power. This allows the device to receive and display bag tag information from a Bluetooth-enabled mobile device, meaning that passengers never have to print off and attach a bag tag to their luggage ever again.

Analogic Corporation

Mark Laustra, vice president global of Analogic Corporation, launches the company’s latest technology, the ConneCT checkpoint security system, which features a new modular imaging system based on advanced medical imaging technology and an interoperable network architecture designed to maximise reliability and achieve the lowest total cost of ownership. Its threat-detection software is engineered to allow passengers to keep liquids and electronics in their carry-on baggage, increase staff productivity and reduce false alarms.

2getthere

Dennis Mica, business development at 2getthere, talks about the company’s automated people mover systems, shared autonomous vehicles and automated transit networks, which benefit from setup costs that are 50-75% less than other systems, making them suitable for large and small airports alike.

Saab

Fredrik Lindblom, sales director at Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions, discusses the company’s solutions, which provide a smarter approach to remote air traffic control by digitising and integrating airport functions. This includes the Saab r-TWR solution, a package of subsystems covering everything from image capture in the controlled and protected environment of the camera housing at the top of the sensor mast at the airfield, to the integrated controller working position in the RTC, via a data network.

Stage Gate 11

Gunther van Adrichem, CEO at Stage Gate 11, launches the Delta R Shoe Scanner, a totally new concept to screen passenger footwear for explosives without the need for shoe removal at security screening. The scanner is easy to install, requires no additional staff and is highly accurate, resulting in faster throughput of passengers at screening areas.

Vision Box

Jean-François Lennon, vice president global, Vision Box, introduces the company’s Seamless Gateway, which provides an on-the-move, contactless, streamlined passenger journey. It eliminates stops at airport control points and represents the next evolutionary step in the way passengers interact with the airport and in stakeholder collaboration.

ICM Airport Technics

Richard Dinkelmann, CEO at ICM Airport Technics, talks about the company’s proven technology for single and common-use airports, including Auto Bag Drop Series 1 & 3, which feature simple, intuitive graphical user interfaces that are easily configurable for specific airline requirements and branding. Baggage is automatically checked by determining the bag weight, dimensions, volume, shape, conveyability and RFID or barcode bag tag.

Poltrona Frau

Alberto Gullini, contract division director at Poltrona Frau, presents the company’s latest product, Aetos. Designed by Eoos architects, Aetos is a seating system that is ergonomic and comfortable and inspired by volume and the shape of the eagle, symbolising strength, power and freedom. Designers Martin Bergmann and Gernot Bohmann from Eoos explain more.

Parsons

Perfecto M Solis, senior vice president at Parsons, talks about the full-service company, which has been involved in more than 450 airports in 40 countries, totalling more than US$175bn in construction value. He also comments on the programme management services the company is providing for the New International Airport in Mexico City.

Mexia Interactive

Glenn Tinley, president and founder of Mexia Interactive, talks about how his company allows airports to have a granular understanding of PAX flows and, most importantly, where revenue opportunities are hiding in airports. He also introduces PAM, an online airport concierge service that provides all passengers with up-to-the-minute information about flight times, gates, delays and more. PAM was developed by Mexia to also integrate queue wait times, marketing offers and continued engagement even when passengers leave the airport.

Beumer Group

Peter Elmvang, director marketing and communications, Beumer Group, discusses the company’s latest developments including the oversized Autover independent carrier system. He also discusses upgrades to the company’s software, including remote encoding and 3D visualisation.

Rockwell Collins

Paul Hickox, head of global airport sales and account management, Rockwell Collins, comments on a host of technologies being showcased on the company’s stand from a growing portfolio of end-to-end solutions for airports worldwide. This includes a complete line of self-service bag-drop solutions following Rockwell Collins’ recent acquisition of Pulse.Aero, which are already being implemented at several new airports.

3M

Peter Smallridge, business development transportation, 3M, introduces the company’s latest development: the Live Face Identification System (LVIS). This video-based recognition system is able to automatically recognise faces in a crowd – even in dynamic, uncontrolled environments – and quickly take action with near real-time alerts. The system can be integrated into a wide range of video equipment.

2016 Exhibitor interviews


NEC Display Systems

Richard Wilks, global business development manager – airports, NEC Display Systems, Germany, launches the company’s very latest concept, which enables it to apply a digital LED surface to walls anywhere in the airport. This opens up massive opportunities for airports and airlines to brand entire departure areas in the airlines’ colours, thus further enhancing their brand identity and providing passengers with a more welcoming flight departure zone.

Zoeftig

Paul Williams, CEO, Zoeftig, UK, discusses the company’s new power supply option called Boost. The ingenious design makes the system ideal for a multitude of different locations including under-table, table-top, under-seat and between seat arms. It comes with a full range of international sockets to accommodate mobile phones, tablets and USB-charged devices. The Boost range also features Intelligent Charging, automatically recognising different devices, selecting the optimum power required and shortening the charge time.

Navya

Diego Isaac, stand organiser, Navya, France, demonstrates the company’s all-electric and totally autonomous smart vehicle, the Navya Arma, which is the product of over 10 years of research and development by the company and which is now in use at a site in Bordeaux, France. Perfect for airport environments, the driverless Arma can ferry passengers between parking zones and terminals or make a combination of stops between terminals.

SITA

Andrew O’Connor, VP airport portfolio, SITA, Switzerland, discusses the company’s recent acquisition of Type 22, a market innovator that is driving the development of self-service bag-drop solutions. He also talks about how the Type22 self-bag-drop portfolio, including Scan&Fly and Drop&Fly, complements SITA’s suite of intelligent airport IT solutions designed to improve the entire passenger process from kerb to arrival hall, resulting in reduced costs and improved customer service.

Vanderlande

Andrew Manship, EVP baggage handling, Vanderlande, the Netherlands, showcases a new product called STACK@EASE, a highly flexible and versatile loading aid that helps operators stack containers (ULDs) and carts more efficiently with minimal physical effort. STACK@EASE also features optional wireless overhead label scanning functionality for efficient baggage reconciliation (BRS). Through simple controls, integrated in the bamboo support disc, a baggage handler triggers cameras that automatically scan the bag tags.

Desko

Edward Plössner, product marketing, Desko, Germany, launches the company’s all-new integrated keyboard called NEPTUN chrome, which comes fully equipped with Desko OCR and MSR reading technology and is fully dustproof and waterproof to IP54 regulations, meaning that the entire keyboard and swipe slot are both dust and water resistant, making them perfect for airport environments where accidental drink spillage is commonplace.

Green Furniture

Johan Berhin, designer & founder, Green Furniture, Sweden, comments on the company, which manufactures modular bench systems that marry design and sustainability to yield unique, eye-catching, highly functional furnishings for indoor public landscapes. Made from natural, upcycled or recycled materials, the benches create seamless seating lines while acoustic lighting installations act as natural ambiance-shapers, both visually and acoustically.

Indy Associates

Osamu Iisuka, stand organiser, Indy Associates, Japan, showcases some of the company’s latest digital signage developments. These include a totally new type of information service for airports, called the InfoWave information board, which features multiple language voiceovers and footstep control for passenger wayfinding. He also comments on the company’s floor guide information system and digital signage screens, which come complete with Scala integration and can be updated via a tablet in total synchronisation.

Zafire Aviation Software

Chris Beling, director, Zafire Aviation Software, UK, discusses FirstLoad, a tablet-based app that enables the real-time feed of load instruction reports direct to flight controllers, helping to automate aircraft loading and ramp clearance activities directly at the cargo door. It reduces the need for manual intervention, thereby eliminating errors and cutting down processing time. Combined with FirstBag, Zafire’s baggage reconciliation system, it provides a complete end-to-end baggage tracking solution.

Amadeus

John Jarrell, head of airport IT, Amadeus, Spain, discusses the company’s latest developments including ACUS, a highly competitive, next-generation common-use solution that enables passenger processing systems to be accessed and deployed anywhere on a PC, laptop or mobile device. He also comments on PROPWorks, a solution for airports of all sizes that allows for management of contracts, sales, invoices, tenants and more, and which is already in use at four of the five busiest airports in the United States.

Concessionaire Analyzer+

John De Giorgio, CEO, Concessionaire Analyzer+, Malta, comments on CA+, which offers airports a comprehensive toolset to manage, control and develop their non-aeronautical commercial efforts and revenues. CA+ allows airports to properly categorise sales data and derive reports against key metrics including passenger, carrier, route day and time, providing a clear picture of patterns and trends.

Materna IPS

Reinhard Augustin, sales director, Materna IPS, Germany, discusses two new self-bag-drop products being launched at the event, which include the new retrofit kiosk Merkur, a lean system that allows for quick and easy bag drop with integrated printing, scanning and payment modules, and also Cabin-Luggage-Check, which provides automatic hand luggage inspection to identify bags that may not comply with the passenger’s ticket fare or the airline’s cabin luggage rules.

2015 Visitor interviews


Rob Chapman, Adelaide Airport

Interview with Rob Chapman, Chairman, Adelaide Airport, Australia, who comments on his visit to the exhibition and conference, where he’s looking at new technologies in the exhibition and hearing about new developments in the conference, which has enabled him to ‘confirm his own theories and hypotheses’.

Ashok Deepchand, ATOL

Interview with Ashok Deepchand, Manager, Passenger Terminal & Services, ATOL (Airport Terminal Operations Ltd) Mauritius, who discusses his first visit to the event in order to discover new technologies and best practices for passenger service, to implement at the all-new Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport terminal in Mauritius.

Mário Soares, TAP Portugal

Interview with Mario Soares, Senior Business Analyst, TAP Portugal, Portugal, a regular visitor to the event, who explains the importance of learning the very latest trends and developments across the industry, with a particular focus this year for him being self-bag drop.

Jeremy McGrath, McGrath Aviation

Interview with Jeremy McGrath, Director, McGrath Aviation, a regular visitor to the event over the past 15 years, who describes the Passenger Terminal CONFERENCE as ‘inspirational and a great opportunity to recharge the batteries’.

Jacques Odier, Air France

Interview with Jacques Odier, Ground Operations Security, Air France, France, who talks about his visit to the event to look at the latest technologies that help airports and airlines with security processes including check-in and boarding as well as liquid detection.

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