PTE 2016 in Cologne – Review

This year PTE had been an amazing event with more people coming to our booth than ever before. Why was it like this? Maybe just by fortune? What we recognized is that lots of companies in the meantime swapped to the topic of “passenger flow control”, so this seems to become a major topic within the next years to come. After talking for years now about the advantages of pro-active decision making for terminal operations the market developed and grew. Actually this requires to have a closer look at those concepts and technologies behind, when talking about flow-control.

MEASUREMENT & TRACKING

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There are several companies providing different technologies for measurement and tracking. To be clear: there is no solution like “one fits all”! It always depends on the business processes to be served and the data required for that. That makes an overall full-coverage approach quite expensive and a long lasting program. As experts in the area of passenger related data handling and analytics, Amorph Systems can give you clear advice in the usage of the right technology at the right place. This expertise will allow you to streamline your projects and guarantee that no over-sizing of a certain technology is done.

PROCESS AUTOMATION

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The past years showed how big the opportunities of process automation are.
Baggage handling, border control, check-in are just some examples where the industry developed in a fast manner from manual to automated driven business processes. Always keeping the passenger service as a centric element in mind, smoothing processes and enhancing capacities. A key result is, the production of data once again. As the manual step was not connected, the automated is, and it is able to store essential information about passengers and their behavior.

AODB & RMS

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From a logical point of view it makes sense to integrate terminal operation related functionalities and requirements into an AODB (Airport Operational DataBase) or AMS (Airport Management Solution). The aircraft is still the main driver for the throughput of passengers at an airport. On the other hand side aircraft handling differs in so many aspects from passenger handling that it soon gets pretty clear that we are talking about different worlds here. So should be treated the technologies to support those processes. It is more important to have the proper tools on board and let those communicate to each other, than getting everything out of one hand despite it seems to be the easiest way. Otherwise the problems will come afterwards. Especially from an overhead view like the Total Airport Management approach, the linking of these applications gets even more important to let them run different scenarios to compare and evaluate decision making on all necessary criteria. So make sure you have the right tool-set from the beginning. Amorph Systems collaborative platform is able to build up the communication streams between all of them. On top you can run simulation & optimization to create the overall picture.

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

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The area of business intelligence is also affecting the aviation industry more and more. Airports realized that with the growing amount of data this leads to create internal knowledge in forms of organizational structures and applications used for. Instead of BI companies that address standard applications for diverse branches we believe it makes more sense to select business related solutions that already cover aviation specific requirements. Did you know that Amorph Systems operational solution in Frankfurt was originally launched as a BI solution? The analysis and preparation of data is an essential step in moving from reactive decision making to a pro-active approach. This ensures to get the best out of your data and enrich the information with the best-in-class algorithms to set up predictive patterns. Ask as for more information about this.

 

Happy Anniversary – 5 years AMORPH.aero @ Frankfurt airport

 

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Times goes by and some things get outdated, other more mature. We are happy to go into the 5th year with operational decision support for Frankfurt airport terminal operations.

Since the beginning, the product of Amorph Systems was a turn-key solution for Fraport AG and the participating stakeholders like Security companies and Federal Police, responsible for security and border control at Frankfurt airport.

Running in the Frankfurt Operations Center, the Heart of the Airport, it provides continuously updated forecasts on the passenger flow throughout the whole airport. The forecasted demand  is  therefore correlated with all relevant parameters and inter-dependencies between process points to get dynamic predictions and KPI´s. This enables Terminal Operations to steer passenger flows and set-up corrective actions before problems occur.

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The good relationship between Amorph Systems and Fraport AG leads to continuous enhancements of the existing solution, covering value adding integration like the implementation of retail behavior into the forecast model.

Reed the full story at www.amorph.aero

There are more things to come, so stay tuned and we will keep you informed!

AMORPH.aero @ Helsinki airport

Amorph Systems is delighted to announce the installation of its AMORPH.aero suite, currently running in pilot mode, at Helsinki Airport together with operating authority Finavia.

Helsinki airportFinavia decided to develop its operational passenger flow prediction capabilities to improve transparency of the day of operations. Therefore, Finavia is trialing the AMORPH.aero platform to see how the Frankfurt airport proofed solution can help to support operational processes at Helsinki airport as well.

 

The Product

AMORPH.aero platform can enhance the operational collaborative processes and help to handle future growth in passenger volumes by using existing capacity efficiently through pro-active decision making. Therefore AMORPH.aero takes all relevant data and updates into account and uses agent-based simulation technologies to provide accurate demand forecasts for operations. By integrating frequently used operational decisions, these can be tested by what-if scenarios before applying them to live systems and resource disposition.

We will be happy to present a more detailed project description soon on our webpage and within one of our future releases of the Newsletter.

Starting Newsletter from Amorph Systems

Dear Reader,

we all know, that in our days there are tons of digital information by mail and social networks we all are getting overwhelmed with. Nevertheless, we, from the Amorph Systems team, decided to set up a regular newsletter. The intension is, to inform you about our latest projects, developments and thoughts around the aviation industry – because we believe it´s worth talking about!

The rising focus of airports and airlines in data analytics and collaborative data sharing showed us, that we hit the mark, when we first introduced our innovative operational passenger flow forecasting solution, together with Frankfurt airport authority, FRAPORT AG, back in 2011.  This extremely successful project showed us the importance to combine latest state of the art technologies with business needs of airports to maximize their capacity and profitability.

During the past years we realized how the industry changed in matters of data preparation and collaborative approaches, which established the ground to serve with our solution a platform for the future demand of terminal decision making.

Beside the strong focus on the aviation industry within this newsletter, Amorph Systems is also active in other branches like manufacturing and production. Thereby we will include from time to time some highlights from this area as well.

We hope you will like our newsletter and find the information useful.

Sincerely yours,

Andreas Hofmann

New technologies for more automation in European manufacturing industry

The European research project »SYMBIO-TIC« that started on April 1st with a term of four years aims at developing solutions for a new working environment in which the collaboration of humans and robots plays a significant role. Indeed, the new generation of robots allows more cost-effectiveness and competitiveness for the industry. However, there are several challenges like the lack of adaptability, flexibility and vertical integration preventing a wider use of automated solutions especially in the manufacturing industry. Therefore, the project partners, coming from industry as well as research institutes, will provide technologies to enhance the cooperation of humans and robots.
The project aims at a novel hybrid assembly/packaging ecosystem in a dynamic factory environment. It focusses especially on industries which are rather robot-reluctant and where current tasks and processes are perceived to be too complex to be automated. The new system will offer solutions for automating also these demanding use cases. It will be context-aware in task planning and execution, safe to human workers in a shared fenceless working space, flexible and adaptive to dynamic changes, and cost-effective.

Human-robot-collaboration for the factories of the future

In order to compete with the global market, the European industry must be able to respond to the market’s needs like dynamic changes or deviations on shop floors, manufacturing complexity and dynamism and also a quicker time-to-market. A wider use of automated solutions will help facing these needs, but the solutions must be more flexible and adaptable. Referring to this, a key factor is the immersive and symbiotic collaboration between human workers and robots. This collaboration benefits from the machine’s power and repeatability as well as from the worker’s accuracy and flexibility.
For implementing such a human-robot tight collaborative system, four objects will be addressed by the project partners: (1) Offering safety to human workers all time when interacting with robots in a shared fenceless working space. An active collision avoidance system will ensure this safe collaboration. (2) Generating who-do-what work plans on the fly suitable for human-robot mixed tasks. They should consider different aspects like the current availability, cost-effectiveness, or long-term sustainability. (3) Developing adaptable and easily controllable robots with zero programming for robot users. (4) Devising multimodal interfaces for the information exchange between worker and robot and for instructing the worker on what to do or how to do something effectively. To approach these challenges for new robotic systems, the SYMBIO-TIC project partners will especially work on technologies based on smart sensors (visual, auditory, haptic, etc.) and self-adaptive decision algorithms.
Figure 1 gives an overview about the main goals of SYMBIO -TIC as well as the work packages.

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Validation in near real industrial settings

The project’s final goal is to test and quantify the aforementioned four objectives in terms of safety, feasibility, intuitiveness, adaptability and scalability of collaboration between humans and robots. Hence, a test-bed will be developed to showcase the envisioned technologies, innovations and competitiveness in this project. Furthermore, three demonstrators placed in three European Member States are planned: in food-processing, aeronautic and automotive industries each. The three industries have been chosen for several reasons. First, they represent industries of lower (food-processing) and higher complexity (engine assembly in automotive). Also, the whole industry (food-processing) or parts of it (engine assembly) are robot-reluctant but could benefit from more automation. Lastly, the project members want to cover a wide scope as they address system integrators as well as end users.

Figure 2 shows a use-case in the aeronautic that will be chosen for a demonstrator.
The test-bed and the demonstrators will help providing evidence that the project’s innovations are realizable onsite, so that the project’s expectations of Technology Readiness Level 5-7 will be matched. During the three years, the project partners will bring the technologies from TRL 5 to TRL 7 for ready scale-up to industrial applications in real production environment after the completion of the project. The overall progress of SYMBIO -TIC will be measured every twelve months in special Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

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About Amorph Systems

Amorph Systems provides long-term experience as IT supplier for automation solutions in the manufacturing industry and contributes state-of-the-art solutions for advanced planning, forecasting and optimization.

Amorph Systems merges all its expertise knowledge in a Manufacturing Prediction and Forecasting software platform. A modern SOA and web service based, modular architecture builds the solid basis of the Amorph Planner & Scheduler. The integrated workflow engine enables Amorph Systems to reduce the project implementation time and cost and helps to perfectly adapt application functionalities to the customer needs. A further strength of Amorph Planner and Scheduler is the easy connection of all kind of automatically or manually driven equipment and robots to the Amorph Planner & Scheduler via pre-configured equipment interfaces.

Fore more information about Amorph Systems, please visit our websites:

www.amorphsys.com   |   www.amorph.pro   |   www.amorph.aero

For more information about the project please visit:

 www.symbio-tic.eu

EU funding for Amorph Systems

On Monday November 10th, Dr. Kaufmann, Member of German Federal Parliament, visited Amorph Systems in the Stuttgart headquarters and congratulated for the successful award to be founded by the European Commission within the programme Horizon 2020.

Amorph Systems is a well established company in the manufacturing and high-tech branch for optimization, simulation and forecasting IT-services. Providing services on a European and with its aviation products on a global market, Amorph Systems underpins the importance of the Stuttgart region as economic location for growth within the strong German market.

First steps in the aviation industry were made back in 2011 with an operational passenger flow forecasting solution for Frankfurt airport. Since one year now the company is providing an own developed product based on the experiences of the Frankfurt airport project, called Amorph.aero. With Amorph.aero, airports are able to run passenger flow simulations and optimizations either in operational or in planning mode.

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Mr. Kaufmann congratulated the management team of Amorph Systems (Click here to see the article of Dr. Kaufmann on his German web-page)

Now Amorph Systems was selected as one of the few German companies within the EU funding Programme “Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument” as a highly innovative company and approved to be supported with this EU fund.

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever with nearly 80 billion of funding. It is the financial instrument implementing the “Innovation Union”, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Within the Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument the European Commission is looking for high growth, highly innovative SME’s with global ambitions.

Dr. Kaufmann, who is a supporter of this initiative as well, appreciated that new ideas and products from innovative companies get support within this EU Programme.

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©EU Horizon 2020 http://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/horizons-2020-sme-instrument

Amorph Systems convinced with AMORPH.aero and its innovative approach of operational passenger forecasting for Airports. This unique system is able to run a complex agent-based simulation model within minutes and can therefore generate accurate forecasts for all parties involved with passenger related touch points such as: check-in, security checks, border control, retail and media etc.

For further information please visit our web-site or get in direct touch with us.

Amorph Systems GmbH / Handwerkstr. 29, 70565 Stuttgart, Germany
Phone: +49 711 672 9122 / Fax: +49 711 2295 4593
info@amorph.aero / www.amorph.aero