Apple Maps adds new indoor maps for three major international airports

Indoor mapping lets Apple Maps users explore the internal layout of buildings across multiple floors, with precise location positioning to help you find your way around places like airports and shopping malls.

Apple has today expanded its list of indoor mapping locations with a few new airports; iPhone and iPad can now explore Sydney International, Edinburgh and Hamad Internationl (Doha, Qatar) Indoor mapping for airports lets you find check-in desks, baggage claim carousels and more. You can search for restrooms, shops and places to eat and even get walking directions straight to your boarding gate.

To start indoor mapping, you can just zoom into a supported location. When your zoom level is close enough, Maps switches from the standard map to focus on the indoor POIs and layout. It adds a floor level selector to the top right of the screen.

Indoor mapping is highlighted by a ‘look inside’ label next to the map badge – which you can tap as a shortcut to jump in.

If you are heading on a flight to these airports in the future, you can navigate to the map and ‘look inside’ ahead of time to get a feel for the layout. When you arrive, location services pinpoint exactly where you are in the building.

Maps offers up common filters as part of the airport’s summary card, so you can just tap to search for  terminals, check-ins, gates, baggage claim, food, shops and toilets. You can also ask Siri to navigate to your gate number or nearby restaurants, for instance.

These features are available as part of iOS 11, so check them out on iPhone or iPad. There are now 59 airports in the world that Apple has indoor mapping data for. You can see the full list here.

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Airport Security Market to be valued US$16 Billion by 2024

SELLBYVILLE, Del., April 25, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — According to a latest research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. “Airport Security Market accounted for a revenue of over USD 16 billion over the forecast timespan.” Continuous evolution of criminal activities, such as data thefts, cyber-attacks, and hijackings, in terms of technological complexity and method of execution is a major factor driving the airport security market. Rise in terroristic and smuggling attacks has led to governments of various economies to undertake stringent safety measures and protocols for the safeguarding of human life and protection of financial data and consumer trust.

Furthermore, occurrence of these activities can disrupt business for elongated periods of time, making the airport unusable. For instance, in June 2016, mass shooting and bombing attacks at Ataturk Airport in Instanbul was responsible for more than 230 casualties. Rapid industrialisation and globalization has propelled the global passenger traffic. Governments across various regions, primarily in the South-East region, are undertaking large scale construction activities for the development of new and modification of existing airport infrastructure, contributing to the growth of the airport security market.

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Technological advancements are revolutionizing the landscape of the airport security market. To tackle the issues of passenger inconvenience stemming from long waiting times and physical body checks, the companies operating in the industry are highly focusing on the R&D activities. For instance, innovations including SmartGate passport processing, IP-based surveillance and biometric facial identification are currently being trailed at international hubs across the world and have led to massive improvements in efficiency and comfort levels as opposed to conventional systems.

The rising trend of IoT technology has further fuelled the demand for airport security market. For instance, Birmingham Airport has implemented a solution that accurately measure queues and predict waiting times. These technologies, which include RFID baggage reconciliation systems, e-gates, and more. Smart technologies, however, owing to their increased dependence on the internet, are more susceptible to thefts and hacking attacks.

The screening application segment of the airport security market is anticipated to dominate in terms of revenue during the forecast timespan. Various governments, in light of rising attacks, have initiated stringent baggage and traveller scanning protocols. For instance, the Liquids Rule issued by the Transportation Security Administration in the U.S restricts the quantity of fluids in hand-held baggage. This is to dissuade terrorist attacks from the carriage of corrosive and acidic liquids that can pose a security threat.

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Tourism and large-scale business development is anticipated to drive the airport security market in the Middle East and Africa region. There is a substantial increase in internal and religious conflict and the need for advanced systems to cater to the increasing traveller population encountered per day. For instance, in 2015 the Abu Dhabi airport had deployed the automated document authentication systems to help the passengers in scanning their mobile or home-printed or traditional boarding pass and further speed up the validation process and reduce queue waiting times.

The companies operating in the global airport security market include Axis Communication, CEIA, BOSCH Security Systems, IBM Corporation, G4S PLC, Hitachi Ltd, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Scanna MSC Ltd., Siemens AG, Vision-Box, and Thales Group. The vendors work in close collaboration with the end-users for the testing of their technologies. For instance, the testing of Vision-Box facial recognition software has been initiated in the Charles de Gaulle Airport to speed immigration processes while reinforcing security.

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Chapter 4.   Airport Security Market, By Technology

4.1.  Airport security market share by technology, 2016 & 2024

4.2.  Access Control

4.2.1. Market estimates and forecasts, 2013 – 2024

4.3.  Cybersecurity

4.3.1. Market estimates and forecasts, 2013 – 2024

4.4.  Perimeter Security

4.4.1. Market estimates and forecasts, 2013 – 2024

4.5.  Screening

4.5.1. Market estimates and forecasts, 2013 – 2024

4.6.  Surveillance

4.6.1. Market estimates and forecasts, 2013 – 2024

4.7.  Others

4.7.1. Market estimates and forecasts, 2013 – 2024

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Sustainability and changing consumer tastes lead discussion at Arabian Travel Market

The Arabian Travel Market, the travel industry’s leading global event in the Middle East,

celebrated its 25th anniversary in Dubai, with over 39,000 attendees. Sustainability was the theme of the year.

The UAE is leading the way in the region for sustainability. In 2012 they launched a Green Growth Strategy – a long-term national initiative with the aim of becoming one of the world leaders in sustainable development, as well as a centre for the export and re-export of green products and technologies. In 2017, Dubai’s Clean Energy Strategy was announced, which set a 75% target for clean energy by 2050. The Dubai Expo 2020 is pursuing the ISO 20121 certification for sustainable event management and The Dubai Sustainable Tourism initiative aspires to position Dubai as one of the world’s most sustainable tourism destinations, by encouraging sustainable practices within the environment, economic and social areas.

Richer countries in the region have acknowledged that long-term development lies beyond oil revenue, and securing a sustainable approach to their other existing business is crucial, for example the travel industry, which is shifting away from an exclusive focus on the luxury market. Booking.com 2017 Sustainable Tourism report highlighted that 79 per cent of travelers considered sustainability when choosing their mode of transport.

The prospects are good. Travel and tourism is expected to continue to grow in the Middle East. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s 2017 figures, the Middle East (whose travel and tourism grew 5 per cent) received 58 million international tourists, with sustained growth in some destinations and a strong recovery in others. For 2018, tourism is expected to grow by four to six per cent. In this sense, expenditure on outbound travel from the Middle East is expected to reach $165.3 billion by 2025, according to The World Travel & Tourism Council. It seems the secret of success is to continue to cater for travelers’ needs and expectations.

A recent report by Wego’s travel experts, based on the analysis of data collated from 10 million visits per month across their websites and mobile app, outlined some of the top trends influencing travel decisions in the Middle East. These are some of them, ranging from eco-friendly destinations to cultural explorations:

  • Eco tourism – Many travelers prefer eco-friendly, green and ethical practices in their trips, with eco-tourism being a growing segment;
  • Glamping – More travelers prefer to visit unique places where nature meets luxury, such as the Indian desert or even the African jungle where they can enjoy a glass of champagne while listening to the lions roar;
  • Off-the-beaten-track destinations – It is a growing trend to explore new destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador or Slovenia, instead of traditional destinations such as Paris, New York or London;
  • Cultural exploration – History, culture and traditions are attracting many visitors eager to gain new knowledge from museums and historical sites;
  • Foodie trips – Culinary tours are growing in popularity. The World Food Travel Association estimates that 75 per cent of leisure travelers visit destinations because of local food-based activities.
    At the Arabian Travel Market, to help identify and anticipate passenger needs, Amadeus will release the findings of a research paper looking at MENA traveler habits.

This study, co-sponsored by Amadeus, is the first ever regional study that explores, in a scientific way, these travelers’ preferences for purchasing travel products and services.

Stay tuned for more details shortly!

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Evaluating Travellers’ Appetite for Adoption

Travel Tech Innovation: Market Report

Biometrics and predictive analytics top the travel agenda

OAG, the global leader in flight information, surveyed more than 2,000 U.S. travellers to gain insight into which future advancements will resonate. This report, part one of a two-part series on future travel tech innovation and disruption, looks at:

  • Improving the travel experience through biometrics
  • Traveler appetite for future innovation in travel, including blockchain, robotics and virtual reality
  • Popular applications for artificial intelligence
  • Early adoption estimates for future industry-changers, including autonomous vehicles and supersonic planes

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Robots and humans can make travel experiences more efficient: Sophia

Etihad Airways has introduced Humanoid Robot Sophia to the UAE

as its spokesperson for the future of innovation and technology in aviation at ATM.

Sophia is the AI-powered robot famous for speaking at the UN and interviewing celebrities and world leaders alike.

She was named the United Nations Development Programme’s first ever Innovation Champion for Asia and the Pacific, and is also the first robot in the world to have a nationality, after being granted citizenship by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Sophia took part in a one-on-one interview with host Damian Watson, Head of Station at Abu Dhabi Media Company and discussed the future of innovation and technology in aviation. She also talked about her experiences and impressions of the Capital, at the Etihad Theatre on Etihad’s ATM stand.

As well as Sophia’s appearance, the Etihad Theatre will feature presentations and Question and Answer sessions with Etihad executives and guests including Special Olympics and Manchester City Football Club, covering the areas of guest experience, marketing partnerships, environment and sustainability.

In an interview with local media, Sophia said she believes that the aviation industry will benefit the most if robots and human staff work alongside together. She said that it can make the overall travel experience even more efficient and enjoyable than it already is for customers. “I would love to see more robots in airports,” she said.

Sophia also commended the different initiatives that the industry is taking towards making aviation more sustainable.

Etihad Airways CEO Peter Baumgartner also took part in a one-on-one CEO interview as part of the main ATM programming on the ATM Global Stage.

Visitors to the stand will also be able to engage with Etihad’s latest innovation in the Skylights – VR Entertainment Trial, as well as learn about and interact with key partnership properties including the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and Manchester City Football Club.

The Arabian Travel Market 2018 takes place from Sunday 22 through Wednesday 25 April at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Etihad Airways stand will be located at Stand Number ME2310 in Hall Number 2.

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Delhi Airport poised for growth with technology leading the way

 

Last year, Indira Gandhi International Airport (Delhi, India)

hit an important milestone by handling 63.5 million passengers. In fact, it is now ranked among the top 20 busiest airports in the world. But, with these great numbers, also come great challenges. How can we maintain passenger convenience and comfort amidst this growth? How do we modernize verticals while improving check-in and baggage handling? Most importantly, how can we delight our customers? Technology plays a key role in all these aspects.

If you look at the Indian aviation landscape, you’ll see it has to evolve still in terms of getting into systems automation and installing the required hardware. Automation needs to be implemented in phases – this is how we initially implemented Amadeus Airport Operational Database, which is already at the heart of our IT environment. It has provided us with a state-of-the-art, fully scalable solution, combining a high level of security and great performance. Because of initiatives such as these, we have been able to secure numerous accolades including being ranked number 1 in the ACI Airport Service Quality Awards 2017.

One of our big priorities in the future, after optimizing our runways, is optimizing our check-in counters. We want to be flexible enough to share check-in counters between airlines. Currently, we feel they are under-utilized. This is a big challenge we need to tackle and we’re looking to do this through the optimization and automation of the whole check-in process.

We want the entire airport experience to be a positive one for our passengers. This means making it a memorable one for the right reasons. Innovation will be crucial in this process, helping us successfully take on the check-in process and much more. We’re confident that partners like Amadeus will be there working hand-in-hand with us during this journey.

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Airlines back creation of global drone registry

An airplane flies over a drone during the Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York, US, January 1, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

MONTREAL/SINGAPORE: 

The world’s airlines are backing the development of a United Nations-led global registry for drones, as a rise in near collisions by unmanned aircraft and commercial jets fuels safety concerns, an executive of their trade group said on Tuesday.

The International Air Transport Association backs efforts by the United Nations’ aviation agency to develop such a registry, which could also help track the number of incidents involving drones and jets, said Rob Eagles, IATA’s director of air traffic management infrastructure.

Australia lifesaving drone makes first rescue

IATA would consider collaborating with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to use the registry for data analysis to improve safety.

ICAO is developing the registry as part of broader efforts to come up with common rules for flying and tracking unmanned aircraft.

“One of the important things we would like to see on a registry as well is the compilation of data which would include incident and accident reporting,” Eagles said in an interview on the sidelines of IATA’s Safety and Flight Ops Conference in Montreal.

Airlines and airport operators are looking to drone registries, geo-fencing technology and stiffer penalties for operating drones near airports. They hope these steps will ensure flying remains safe as hobbyists and companies like Amazon.com Inc use more drones.

In Britain, the number of near misses between drones and aircraft more than tripled between 2015 and 2017, with 92 incidents recorded last year, according to the UK Airprox Board.

Air New Zealand said last month a flight from Tokyo with 278 passengers and crew on board encountered a drone estimated to be just five meters away from the Boeing 777-200 jet during its descent into Auckland.

A single registry would create a one-stop-shop that would allow law enforcement to remotely identify and track unmanned aircraft, along with their operator and owner.

“The intention at present is to merge this activity into the ICAO registry for manned aircraft, so that the sector has a single consolidated registry network,” said ICAO spokesman Anthony Philbin by email.

The manned aircraft registry is operated by Aviareto, a joint venture between Switzerland-based aviation technology group SITA and the Irish government.

World’s first passenger drone makes maiden public flight in China

SITA CEO Barbara Dalibard said her company wanted to build a blockchain-based global drone registry and had been working with Geneva Airport on tests of a geo-fenced zone around the airport where drones listed in the registry would not be able to fly.

“The data is connected to the airport system,” she said during an interview in Singapore on Tuesday.

“The drone is approaching the airport and it says ‘No, go back’. If everything is connected you can ask the drone to change its flight plan or to readjust in order to get out of the danger zone,” she added.

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Food delivery app AtYourGate aims to fulfil travellers’ cravings in airports

P.J. Mastracchio is used to dashing through airports only to arrive at his gate and have a terrible feeling start to sink in: hunger pangs.
The frequent business traveller’s routine rush often leaves him with no time to grab a bite. Now, he’s betting his experience is so common it will help get his recently-launched airport delivery service AtYourGate off the ground.

AtYourGate is currently only available at San Diego International Airport, but it has ambitions to roll out across Canada as it tries to tackle what could be the next frontier for delivery apps: airports.   (Doug Ives / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

The delivery service, powered by Montreal-based mobile platform GOLO, allows travellers to place orders from restaurants or convenience stores in the airport through the AtYourGate app. The items get delivered to the passenger’s gate, cutting out the need to wait in line for food or walk far distances through the airport to fulfil cravings. For those tight on time, orders can be scheduled in advance to arrive just as you board or deplane.
So far AtYourGate is only available at San Diego International Airport, but it has lofty ambitions to roll out across Canada as it tries to tackle what could be the next frontier for delivery apps: airports.
AtYourGate faces competition from app-based food delivery pioneer Uber Eats, as well as smaller startups and even airports themselves.

Uber Eats Canadian general manager Dan Park said it is experiencing an increase in orders made to airports, though the company can’t make deliveries past security yet. Airport Sherpa launched at Baltimore/Washington International Airport in July. And a spokesperson for the Edmonton International Airport said it hopes to launch a similar offering and the Halifax International Airport Authority said it has explored such a service, but doesn’t have anything in the works.

The idea of delivery services at airports is growing in popularity and something travellers could find very useful, said David Soberman, a University of Toronto marketing professor.

“(Airports) are crowded, often the stores aren’t where your gate is, and it can be challenging, especially if you are a family travelling with kids or if you are an older person. There are all kinds of people that would find this convenient,” he said.

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Airlines back creation of global drone registry – IATA

Concerned by a rise in near-collisions by unmanned aircraft and commercial jets, the world’s airlines back the development of a UN-led global registry for drones, an executive of the airlines’ trade group said on Wednesday.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) backs efforts by the United Nations’ aviation agency to develop such a register.

The efforts could also help track the incidents involving drones and jets, said Rob Eagles, IATA’s director of air traffic management infrastructure.

IATA would consider collaborating with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), using the registry for data analysis to improve safety.

ICAO is developing the registry as part of broader efforts to come up with common rules for flying and tracking unmanned aircraft.

“We will like to see one of the important things on a registry and the compilation of data.

“Such compilation will include incident and accident reporting,’’ Eagles said in an interview on the side-line of IATA’s Safety and Flight Ops Conference in Montreal.

Airlines and airport operators are looking to drone registries, geo-fencing technology and stiffer penalties for operating drones near airports.

They hope these steps will ensure flying remains safe as hobbyists and companies like Amazon.com Inc. use more drones.

In Britain, the number of near misses between drones and aircraft more than tripled between 2015 and 2017, with 92 incidents recorded last year, according to the U.K. Airprox Board.

Air New Zealand Ltd said last month a flight from Tokyo with 278 passengers and crew on board encountered a drone estimated to be just five meters away from the Boeing 777-200 jet during its descent into Auckland.

A single registry would create a one-stop-shop that would allow law enforcement to remotely identify and track unmanned aircraft along with their operator and owner.

It’s not yet clear what kind of drones would be listed in the registry.

However, IATA would support the inclusion of most drones, including large unmanned aircraft and smaller ones used for commercial and industrial purposes, Eagles said.

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