• Shimojishima terminal reflects robust but relaxed design ethic

    Japanese designer Nikken has said it applied a new design concept in a recently completed project at Shimojishima Airport. Although the island of Shimojishima is less than 10 km 2 , the authorities in Okinawa Prefecture want to build up tourism and commissioned Nikken to develop a new terminal for

  • UTM platform makes headway in UK for flight authorisations

    Five commercial airports in the UK have integrated the GuardianUTM O/S platform from Altitude Angel into their flight authorisation systems, furthering the consolidation of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) traffic into controlled airspace. The airports are Cardiff, Heathrow, Luton, Manchester, and

  • Blockchain enhances transit passenger processing in Dubai

    VChain Technology is working with Emirates and the Dubai General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) to improve the transit passenger experience with a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)-compliant blockchain identity-as-a-service solution. VChain is working on the project

  • Changi polishes its Jewel

    Singapore Changi has held a public preview of its SGD1.7 billion (USD1.2 billion) Jewel complex before the official scheduled opening on 17 April. The 135,700 m 2 multifunctional development, which is built on the site of the former open-air car park for Terminal 1 (T1), was designed by Safdie

  • IndigoVision Control Center includes facial recognition

    IndigoVision has formed a strategic partnership to integrate Better Tomorrow facial recognition technology from Israel-based AnyVision into its Control Center security management solution. AnyVision data records will be sent to the Control Center to enable fast and accurate identification of

  • Seamless biometrics fits into TOGA

    Vision-Box announced on 11 April that it will roll out “one of the largest biometric boarding airport platforms in the USA”, under a co-operation agreement with the Terminal One Group Association (TOGA) at New York JFK. Lufthansa will be the first TOGA carrier to offer seamless

  • ST Engineering and BYD combine for autonomous bus development

    ST Engineering Land Systems is expanding its bus portfolio with the inclusion of BYD, as the two parties prepare to form a consortium for the pilot deployment of autonomous buses and shuttles in Singapore. China-headquartered BYD has wide experience in supplying electric apron buses to airports. It

  • UAV detection interest stays high post Gatwick incident

    Robin Radar reports increased interest from airports in its technology to detect unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), following the high-profile disruption at Gatwick Airport in December 2018. Around 80% of enquiries are being made by airports, said Robin Radar international sales manager Bill Haraka.

  • Adelaide successfully trials temperature-lowering crop

    Adelaide Airport and Southern Australian state-owned water company SA Water Environmental have successfully completed trials to show that planting alfalfa close to the runway can reduce air temperatures by more than 3°C on warm days. The project partners will decide later this year whether to

  • Auburn to sniff out canine explosives detection improvements

    Auburn University in Alabama has received funding totalling about USD560,000 from the US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), for two research and development (R&D) projects on using dogs for explosives detection. Announcing the funding, Don Roberts,

  • Korean operator adopts big data platform

    Korea Airports Corporation (KAC) has selected a big data platform from Altibase to harness internet of things technologies for better passenger flow and improved airport operations. The eponymous Altibase system is an enterprise-grade, open-source database. KAC, which operates 14 airports in South

  • Menzies embarks on MARS mission

    Menzies has launched its Menzies Aviation Risk Systems (MARS) portal with the release of a Permit to Work module, which aims to apply initially to its fuelling activities. Permit to Work is the first of seven modules, and the company may extend it to other areas where required. MARS is a portal

  • TSA improves in covert tests but there is room for improvement, says GAO

    The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) on 4 April released the findings of its review into covert testing of screening operations at US airports. As part of its internal security assessments, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regularly tries to slip weapons and simulated

  • BHS motor brings precise power

    UK-based Lenze has developed a smart motor for baggage-handling systems (BHSs), which generates power according to the precise load that the motor is required to drive. “Traditionally on a BHS the motor is placed in line, with the power going directly to it, although there is no control over

  • Europe continues on the road to Standard 3

    European airport operators are still issuing tenders as the clock ticks down towards ECAC Standard 3 compliance Airports in mainland Europe and Ireland are racing against time to upgrade their inline hold baggage screening (HBS) systems to ECAC Standard 3 by September 2020, although some will

  • Kansas City to consolidate terminals

    Kansas City International Airport and Edgemoor Infrastructure Real Estate are combining in a USD1.5 billion public-private partnership for terminal consolidation. The goal is to replace the existing three-terminal layout at Kansas City International with a single terminal encompassing 1 million ft

  • LUMIDS provides bespoke information for passengers

    Amsterdam Schiphol is among the first airports to install the Luminance Infologic Display System (LUMIDS) from Infologic, company owner Marco Berkhout told Jane’s during the 2019 Passenger Terminal Expo (PTE) in London from 26 to 28 March. “We first brought out this smart platform for

  • Kuwait T2 to include tote-based BHS

    The Kuwaiti Ministry of Public Works has selected BEUMER Group to provide the baggage-handling system (BHS) for the new Terminal 2 (T2) at Kuwait International Airport. The value of the deal is undisclosed. BEUMER announced on 9 April that the bespoke BHS is designed to facilitate transfer baggage

  • LPT-IT develops billing module

    Danish company LPT-IT aims to provide its new billing software for airport trials by mid-2019, the owner told Jane’s during the 2019 Passenger Terminal Expo held in London from 26 to 28 March. “At the moment, we have AODB [airport operational database] software in use at regional

  • Changi tests robotic baggage tugs

    Trials are under way of autonomous baggage tugs at Singapore's Changi Airport, an official at ground-handling company SATS has confirmed to Jane’s . “We are presently collaborating with Changi Airport to trial autonomous vehicles for baggage-handling,” the official said. SATS