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ACI NEWS Last modified on October 2, 2019

World in motion

ACI advocates for the reliable and effective transmission of data across all airport role players, writes ACI World’s communications manager, Sabrina Guerrieri.

The reliable and effective transmission of data across all airport role players is crucial to improving operational efficiency and the passenger experience.

Speaking at the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) Global ATM Summit and 23rd AGM 2019, ACI World director general, Angela Gittens, highlighted the need for enhanced co-ordination among aviation stakeholders.

“Reducing delays, and increasing resilience in the wake of disruption, requires co-ordination among airports, airlines, ground handlers and air traffic controllers to improve decision-making,” she told delegates.

Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM), a process in which all airport role players share information so that each organisation has a more complete operational picture, is an important enabler of effective and timely resolution of issues.

A-CDM can improve flow control and optimise the capacity of runways, terminals, gates and airspace so that aviation can continue playing a major role in driving sustainable economic and social development.

To capitalise on all the potential brought by data, a common vocabulary is needed. The Airport Community Recommended Information Services framework (ACRIS) has been developed by ACI to provide a data exchange structure in the aviation community. ACRIS provides an environment where airports can share data with their partners in a standardised and seamless manner. ACI is also working closely with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to ensure airline and airport data standards are harmonised. This work is expected to continue and evolve as data comes to the forefront of digital transformation, which is becoming a core capability and a necessity to meet the capacity demands of the future.

What’s more, ACI World has published the following statement on the deployment of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and other similar technologies for baggage tracking.

“ACI has always strongly supported the development of new and better technologies for the purpose of tracking passenger baggage across the global air transport system.

“Experience has shown that the seamless deployment of any technology is best achieved through co-operation between airports, airlines and all other parties to find the most cost-effective and operationally suitable solution.

“There is a range of technical solutions available to airlines, airports, and partners for baggage tracking. RFID is one such solution, but may not be the most appropriate or cost-effective solution for all airports.

“ACI recommends that airports work with their airlines and other partners and stakeholders to consider all options and assess and meet the unique local needs and circumstances with a view to improved efficiency and service for all.”

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