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How SESAR is Supporting Digital Transformation in European Airports

How SESAR is Supporting Digital Transformation in European Airports

The airports of Europe are facing big challenges in terms of sustainability, accelerating traffic and rising passenger expectations of a seamless, secure airport experience that is also both time and cost-efficient. The SESAR Joint Undertaking, an initiative launched by the European Commission, is pledging to support airports in digital transformation to help strengthen operational management and reduce carbon footprints across Europe.

SESAR, as a part of the Single European Sky ATM Research programme, is supporting the development and implementation of the latest technologies that can accelerate and consolidate digital transformation. The aim is to shape the future of a new era of aviation travel through automation and integration.

The importance of digital transformation for the future of operations

A complete modernisation of the European ATM system is needed to cope with widespread airport capacity issues and current ATM disruptions across Europe. SESAR Joint Undertaking is pledging to work closely with European airport operators and airlines to address the challenges of burgeoning flight demands.

Digital transformation can help airports gain a clearer view and simplify operations management at every level, whether ‘front-of-house’ within the terminal buildings, the back office, at the airside within the ground handing and baggage management teams or in the security area. A robust, secure and comprehensive, communicating management system can offer unmatched visibility and a chance for operators to:

  • Manage resources more effectively
  • Increase efficiency at the airside
  • Streamline runway throughput
  • Improve surface management 
  • Tighten safety and security
  • Increase passenger experience
  • Reduce the carbon footprint
  • And more.

SESAR Joint Undertaking is looking to the future of airport operations (to 2035 and beyond) and encouraging digital transformation as the catalyst for enabling a seamless airport operational environment. Delivering improvements to both operational and passenger experience through the implementation of innovative technologies is the key to maintaining operations and overcoming the current and future challenges and complexities of an increasingly competitive industry.

How airports can prepare for the new era of airport operations

Across Europe, the benefits of digital transformation, even in part, are being realised. Integrating key solutions to bring automation to operations is a core trend that airports are embracing. This can also remove some of the pressure that comes with compliance in the industry through innovative digital solutions that already tick these boxes firmly. 

Master systems integration allows airport systems to communicate and share relevant and important data. When systems are able to ‘talk’, they enable a comprehensive visibility that can greatly improve security, resource management and passenger processing, while increasing the all-important passenger experience. Enabling this level of communication between systems is a core step towards digital transformation and preparation for the future of airport operations.

How A-ICE can help accelerate your airport’s digital transformation

A-ICE’s suite of innovative, fully-integrable airport solutions has been delivering opportunities to global airports for some time. Creating and implementing an integrated environment is streamlining operations at every level – from the front desk to the back office, through security and baggage handling to kerbside and airside operations. 

With the SESAR Single European Sky initiative, airports can benefit hugely from the implementation of innovations and the latest technologies which will support them across the continent.

The integration of powerful solutions from A-ICE can help accelerate digital transformation in airports of all sizes on a global scale without major infrastructural investment, as key focus lies in utilization of existing systems and scalability – effectively future-proofing operations at all levels. This type of system also ticks vital compliance boxes, effectively removing the pressure created by legislative mandatory regulations. 

Talk to A-ICE today about how our airport-in-a-box solutions can help drive your airport towards digital transformation. We work closely with our clients to create a uniquely-tailored combination of solutions that can prepare the airport, regardless of size, for the future of aviation operations.

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