Product Showcase: Connecting the digital and physical world
Sonja Strand, Vice President and General Manager – Global Airports Business at Honeywell International, reveals how Honeywell’s NAVITAS technology can connect the physical and digital world to ensure a seamless passenger experience.
How does Honeywell NAVITAS™ help airports to achieve safer and more efficient airside operations?
Air traffic is continuing to rise with no sign of slowing down. With this increase in business, airports are naturally running into increased challenges. Travellers, however, still expect a relatively seamless experience while getting from point A to B, even though they likely have no understanding of the complexity of the process going on in the background to make their air travel a reality.
Luckily, the Internet of Things (IoT) has proved a catalyst for improved technology and can offer a more in-depth level of engagement between essential groups and functions within an airport. Honeywell NAVITAS is a new smart airport technology that can do just that – connecting the physical world with the digital world. Powered by IoT connectivity and developed to be fully compliant with cyber-security standards, the technology features modules that collect and organise real-time data to provide a holistic view of activity, allowing you to achieve safer and more efficient airside operations.
The modules include:
- Honeywell NAVITAS Tower Manager, which helps air traffic controllers to manage airport surface operations in a safer and more efficient manner by enhancing situational awareness and reducing mental workload
- Honeywell NAVITAS Surface Manager, which enhances ground traffic safety, fluency and throughput in a wide range of weather conditions, while helping to reduce fuel burn and carbon footprint
- Honeywell NAVITAS Engineering Manager, a useful tool for engineers and technicians to manage maintenance that enables them to more effectively Sonja Strand, Vice President and General Manager – Global Airports Business at Honeywell International, reveals how Honeywell’s NAVITAS technology can connect the physical and digital world to ensure a seamless passenger experience. honeywell.com monitor system health, more easily perform fault diagnostics and to streamline workflows, which often helps reduce operational costs
- Honeywell NAVITAS Performance Manager, a module accessible both on premise and remotely through dashboards that allows airport staff to collaborate and analyse operations in line with key performance indicators.
Why is it important for airports to be able to harness their data?
Airports rely on the professional and meticulous work of engineers, technicians, air traffic controllers and security personnel to transport passengers on a daily basis. While an excellent team of personnel is the backbone of a high-functioning airport, many of these groups work in silos and the slip and trip of one part of the system could lead to issues in others, creating a delay for passengers.
By collecting and analysing real-time data from various sources, airport staff will be able to enhance monitoring, decision making and control in tough positions. Having a data-driven insight into a situation as it’s taking place, such as congested ground traffic conditions, allows air traffic management to spot the problem, analyse the various options to move forward and communicate that plan to the appropriate personnel. Ultimately, utilising data from smart airport technology can enhance and assist airports with the monumental task of orchestrating day-to-day functions as effectively as possible.
What sets the NAVITAS software apart from other smart solutions being deployed?
In addition to the responsibility of transporting passengers safely and efficiently, airports have the added obligation of complying with numerous and ever-changing industry standards. Honeywell NAVITAS adheres to these standards as well as providing added peace of mind through extended cyber-security solutions, leaving airport operators to focus on the success of daily operations.
As air traffic grows, Honeywell NAVITAS seamlessly integrates information from air and ground traffic control, maintenance operations and flight information; keeping staff informed and passengers moving. With the assistance of smart technologies that leverage IoT, you can put insightful data to work to set your staff and passengers up for a successful experience.