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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2016 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.