Lufthansa Technik connects its GSE

03 October 2017
Lufthansa Technik uses the Internet of Things to connect all its ground support equipment in the GSE 4.0 programme. Source: Lufthansa Technik

An Internet of Things (IoT) partnership for ground support equipment (GSE) between Lufthansa Technik and Undagrid has completed initial deployments, at Hamburg and Frankfurt international airports in Germany.

Lufthansa Technik picked Undagrid after a competitive tender for its GSE 4.0 programme, which in turn is part of the broader Industry 4.0 digitisation initiative.

Netherlands-based Undagrid offers IoT-based sensor and platform technologies. Its sensors communicate via an autonomous network to identify, locate, and manage GSE. Tracking units installed on equipment can transmit position data and other information, enabling operators (using a mobile app on a tablet or mobile phone) to view an accurate situational picture of airside operations. Data is transmitted over a low-power network and can be housed in the cloud.

All GSE used by Lufthansa Technik can be connected with the Undagrid IoT technology. “It gives Lufthansa Technik real-time insights into its assets, allowing it to localise and allocate equipment anywhere on its premises,” Undagrid stated.

A mobile web application informs service staff about pending tasks and allocates all assets at any time. Undagrid sensors comply with the EU ATEX directive, meaning that they can be used in hazardous environments.

“Undagrid helps us make Industry 4.0 really sustainable for maintenance, repair, and operations [MRO],” said Gerrit Rexhausen, manager of corporate innovation at Lufthansa Technik. “They transformed shared, ambitious goals into a successful pilot, followed by a production rollout with thousands of sensors at Hamburg and Frankfurt, in just a couple of months.”

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