Futuristic Airports.


    The new technology changes will be the upcoming face of the aviation and airports Industry in India & Globally.
    Disruptive technologies will rule and evolve in the aviation and airports industry and change the way airports operate today.
    Futuristic technologies like IOT, AI, VI, Data Analytical, Stream Analytical & Block Chains will bestow airports a new face in these upcoming futuristic airports.
    Myself being involved and associated with Airports and Aviation Industry modernisation for last couple of years associated with leading global MNCs on their self service cuss check in kiosks, bag drop solutions & biometrics technology solutions.
    Sharing my views & analysis on futuristic Airports & technologies being implemented in these Airports in nearby future.
    Welcome to emerging market India the new airports coming up in India are new phase of Indira Gandhi International Airport, Kannur International Airport & New Mumbai Airports we see big business opportunity here in these Airports
    Let’s look at some of the statistical figures on Indian Airports. These are based on market reports surveys.
    The civil aviation industry in India has emerged as one of the fastest growing industries in the country during the last three years. India is currently considered the third largest domestic civil aviation market in the world.
    India will displace the UK for the third place in 2026.
    The new era of expansion is driven by factors such as low-cost carriers (LCCs), existing Airports upgrades , new Airports coming up, foreign direct investment (FDI) in domestic airlines, advanced information technology (IT) interventions and growing emphasis on regional connectivity etc
    Market Size.
    Domestic air traffic rose nearly 16 per cent in August 2017, continuing its double digit growth, according to the civil aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). About 9.69 million passengers flew in August, up from 8.38 million a year earlier. Passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-August 2017 were 75.411 million as against 64.468 million during the corresponding period of previous year, thereby registering a growth of 16.97 per cent, as per the DGCA.
    As against 395 aircrafts in the fleet of Indian carriers, there are 496 aircrafts in operation today, and another 654 are under purchase.

    According to data released by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), FDI inflows in air transport (including air freight) between April 2000 and March 2017 stood at US$ 1.01 billion.
    India is estimated to see an investment of US $25 billion in the next decade in the airports sector, a demand for 935 more planes and traffic growth of 13 per cent,
    According to them, the share of air travel in air and rail travel combined in India will grow to 15.2 per cent by 2027 from 7.9 per cent now.
    GVK Power & Infrastructure Ltd., which operates the existing airports in Mumbai and Bangalore, has won the right to build Mumbai’s second airport in Navi Mumbai, which will require an investment of Rs 16,000 crore (US$ 2.48 billion) to build the airport with a capacity to handle 10 million passengers annually in the first phase, expected to be operational by 2019 and 60 million passengers a year by 2030.
    The Ministry of Civil Aviation along with Airports Authority of India (AAI) plans to develop small airports with frugal facilities, and encourage private airlines to bid for routes connecting these small airports with existing larger airports, thereby increasing regional air traffic.
    Any emerging country is built upon smart and efficient transportation systems.
    The transportation infrastructure sector in India is expected to grow at compounded annual growth rate of 5.9% becoming one of the fastest expanding market vertical in the country.
    The global companies and local companies’ participation can bring in domain expertise, necessary investments and latest technologies to build world class airports in the country.
    A smart transportation system would involve GPS, intelligent traffic systems, intelligent parking systems combined with upcoming digital technologies such as cloud based real time updates big data analyticals & IOT which will be core of such digital transformation happening in Aviation and Airports Industry.
    The major block challenge today Indian Airports are facing is to deal with large increasing number of travellers, keeping airports clean, safe and secured from terrorists’ attacks
    As per our view point’s our country Aadhar Card should be used at Airports gates to make identification authentication pass easy.
    Let’s view some Digital Drive Investments figures happening globally
    96% of Airports plan to invest in cyber security initiatives by year 2020.
    IT spends on the Airports & Airlines to reach US 3.3BN by 2017
    85% of Airports are planning to invest in cloud services by 2020
    58% to invest in single biometric travel token for identity similar to our Aadhar card in India.
    45% planning to trial or invest in AI by 2022
    39 % to implement in assisted Bag Drop Solutions
    US $ 7.2 BN would be security spend on Airports
    Computed Tomography would be one of the new technologies which would be used in baggage screening technique especially for cabin crew baggages.
    We would see smart digital signage solutions coming in to play which would navigate us seamless to our connecting flights, flight information’s city details , advertising boards news updates, emergency messages etc
    There would be convenient ways of dropping and picking up our nags and luggage’s rather than waiting near baggage conveyors belts.
    In coming years we would witness the seamless airport computerisation couple with digitization being used to upgrade the traveller experience with integration of lot of applications on traveller Smartphone’s focused towards passenger convenience and enjoyment of travel.
    The IOT would be transforming airports by enabling virtual & physical systems to connect passengers and all the stake holders concerned in real time scenarios.
    By next year 2018 all the Airports are suppose to comply to monitor the acceptance and delivery
    Bags during the various stages of Air travel.
    Advanced biometrics like Facial Recognition and Vein Recognition would be used for passenger and internal staff identifications,
    As Indian is driving its way to be cash less country we would see lot of usage of smart card and cards usage being used in booking tickets, web booking self service kiosks booking eating at airports and paying for meals with minimal interaction with Airports and Airlines staff..
    Road Ahead
    India’s Aviation industry is largely untapped with huge growth opportunities, considering that air transport is still expensive for majority of the country’s population, of which nearly 40 per cent is the upwardly mobile middle class.
    In the coming 20 years, Indian companies will buy 2,100 new planes worth US$ 290 billion.
    In coming years we would definitely see the usage of latest self service cuss check in kiosks issuing boarding passes as well as bag tags along with intelligent bag drops solutions being introduced.
    We would witness the seamless airport computerisation for smooth and convenience travelling experience by travellers
    About the Author
    J B Lalla has spent over 30 plus years in sales and business development activities in the self-service Industry.
    He has been involved in self-service domain and currently has his company self-service products and IT consulting company based out of Mumbai HQ India He currently consults some of the Global MNCs companies in India on go to market business strategies & various futuristic technology projects.
    For last 35 plus years. He has been instrumental in deploying more than 10,000 plus self-service products terminals across various market verticals in India and abroad.
    He has extensively exposure, domain knowledge, and best industry practices around self-service solutions.
    He is now having his own self-service consulting business and would like to help emerging companies who would like to take his expertise on self-service products.
    He can be contacted on [email protected]/[email protected] You can even follow his blogs & posts & connect with him on Linked in, Face book & Twitter, Instagram, google-plus, Skype etc.
    Articles & Publications.
    J B Lalla views on self-service industry had been taken by leading publications and same are published regularly, his articles on the Industry domain has also been published in various Indian and global publications. The views published in this article are his personal views and sources are data and compilations from various sources stated by business analysts & market research companies

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