Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery...or Deception

Paul Bowers

In preparing this issue, I needed information about Harry Reid International, so I typed the airport name into my browser. The first URL on the list was The second was Also appearing on the list were and

Which is the real/official airport website? In this case, there were two, not one. and are the real McCoy, I mean McCarran, no Reid. But all four websites displayed photos and information about the airport. To the untrained eye, the two imposters can look legit, even though the sites do confess (in smaller fonts) that they are not official.

This online sleight of hand is not unique to LAS. It is something many commercial airports are dealing with. Airports that need to inform their own passengers and public have to compete with entrepreneurs with websites designed purely to cash in on very visible public assets. Naturally, the more traffic you bring to your website, the more valuable it is.

Websites are now in the same category as Rolex watches and Gucci handbags: buyer/user beware.

Are we destined to wave the white flag and put up with this? Not at all! Make it clear in every conceivable way which is the real airport website. The best defense is to provide more and better information than the wannabes.

One of the first places I would start is looking closely at the content provided by your competitors. Make sure that any features and benefits are better on your website than theirs. Also, check how easy it is to connect with the leaders/departments at your airport. Many of you do an excellent job providing contact information. But there is still a large contingent of airport websites without any clues about who is running the various departments and how to get ahold of them.

Competition can be a real pain in the butt. However, it also invariably makes us better. Let’s make our websites better.



New Podcast Series: Airport Chatter with Jonathan Norman

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.


# # #

# # #