Imagine That!

Paul Bowers, Publisher

Airport Improvement isn’t built around offering themed issues every other month. Rather, we provide case studies of projects within pertinent categories that offer great examples of what airports and their partners have created. A collection of best practices, if you will.

That said, there is an element that connects many of the stories in this issue.

Imagine artwork that takes the form of an experiential space for customers. An “Interconnected,” digitally coordinated morph of live airport data projected onto three displays.

Or imagine smart windows that automatically adjust their tint, based on the level of sunlight hitting the panes, to help the airport maintain the interior temperature.

Then imagine a P3 project that not only brings commercial service to an airport for the first time, but also treats all travelers to a facility that looks and feels like a private lounge reserved for first class passengers.

If that’s not enough, imagine on-demand parking rate variability or a facial recognition boarding system that doesn’t require passengers to hand gate agents their passports or phones (loaded with electronic boarding passes).     

Pretty cool stuff, right? All of these innovations are not the dreams of tomorrow, but the realities of today. These imaginative ideas, and more, are the basis of projects covered in this March/April issue.  

When looking at this edition, I couldn’t help but feel a little serendipity with our selection of stories. There was a certain je ne sais quoi that made the issue jell. These airports aren’t simply “improving the passenger experience” (such an overused phrase!). There is true imagination behind their work. With the help of innovative consultants and suppliers, these operators are adding new products and processes to make their airports better, safer and more profitable. That takes strength and determination—and the guts to take risks. 


Integration of GIS with CMMS & EAM Systems

A growing number of Airports, Warehouses, private and public utilities today are implementing Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) and Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems. In 2019, the CMMS software market was worth $0.92 billion. By 2027, it is expected to reach $1.77 billion, increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.58% during 2020-2027.

This developing interest in asset and maintenance management is driven by the multiple benefits that an EAM system and a CMMS offer in terms of prolonging the useful life of maturing infrastructure, and assets. On the other hand, a geographic information system (GIS) offers exceptional capabilities and flexible licensing for applying location-based analytics to infrastructures such as airports, roadways, and government facilities.
Both GIS and CMMS systems complement one another. For companies looking to increase the return on investment (ROI) on their maintenance efforts, integrating a GIS with a CMMS platform is an expected headway that can considerably improve the capabilities of their maintenance crew and give them the best results.
This whitepaper takes a closer look at the definitions and benefits of GIS, EAM, and CMMS. Moreover, it sheds light on some important considerations associated with the integration of GIS with an EAM system and CMMS. It also presents a powerful solution to streamline the integration process.


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