SEAMLESS TERMINAL PLANNING

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In these days planning at airports gets more and more complex. Different possibilities of applied processes and technologies have impact to the productivity of your infrastructure and resources. The important thing is not to implement by best guess, but to have accurate forecasts to rely on. Imagine know to have the opportunity working with a solution which is easy to use, so everybody can learn working with it. Planning was never this easy before and changes can be applied in real-time to elaborate and discuss results during a meeting or session.

Airport Planning Solution

AMORPH.aero Planning Solution optimally supports your daily work as an airport operations planner. Planning Studio allows you, between others, to evaluate changes in your terminal infrastructure in order to support the increasing number of passenger, determine optimal number, location and position of passenger process points, identify the ideal passenger flow to maximize your retail revenues, generate the long-term resource planning, identify optimal stand and gate allocation from the transfers point of view, etc…

Main features:

  • Planning based on fast simulations, using on-scale terminal layout
  • Very easy and straightforward airport model editor
  • Evaluate terminal infrastructure changes
  • Generates optimum resource allocation to meet target KPIs
  • Just download, request a license and you are ready to easy and accurately plan your terminal operations.

Create your layout

The Studio allows you to create, edit and evaluate planning Projects. AMORPH.aero takes into account the exact terminal layout and comes with an easy, but very accurate, on-scale, multi-level terminal model editor. It’s very simple and fast to create your terminal model. In just a few hours of modeling your airport is ready for planning.

Run simulation

The core of solution is the detailed passenger flow simulation engine, proven to be the fastest available on the market. It executes with high speed (aprox. 1 min for a whole peak day with over 100.000 passengers per day) the agent-based passenger behavior-oriented pedestrian simulation model of your airport.

Create scenarios

In order to compare different planning scenarios you can easily create scenarios within the built layout of your terminal. There you can import a new or edit an existing flight plan, as well as flight transfer tables or resource allocation for check-points.

Evaluate results

Detailed reports support you in understanding the analysis results. The systems comes with passenger flow report, resource utilization and resource demand, waiting time and queue sizes, at each process point. Detailed process interdependencies and connection reports are also available. We continuously add new reports, based on our customer feedback!

For more information look at our website http://www.amorph.aero/solutions/planning-studio

AMORPH.aero: Successful Installation @ Helsinki Airport

Airports worldwide face significant growth figures in passenger numbers. IATA (International Air Transport Association) expects 3.8 billion passengers traveling by 2030. For airports, this leads to a challenge, providing the required infrastructure for smooth passenger handling. Airport expansions and infrastructure programs need to be planned years ahead. In the meantime, it is necessary to ensure the most efficient use of resources and facilities. Especially during the day of operations, efficient handling of resources depends very much on updated information and the capability to react to sudden changes. Empowering operations to plan ahead for the upcoming hours, Amorph Systems is the first provider of operational simulations, forecasting what is going to happen in the whole terminal environment. This keeps operations managers in the driver seat of their decisions to prevent disruptive situations before they occur.

Helsinki Airport

Helsinki Airport, operated by Finavia Corp., is Finland’s main hub and a strong transfer connection between Asia and Europe.  Due to its geographical location, Helsinki is the quickest route between Asia and Europe, serving several routes to Japan, China, Thailand and others. 18 million passengers travel via Helsinki Airport. Based on this growing demand, Finavia has plans to extend in the future he airport capacity to handle more than 30 million passengers per year. Helsinki Airport has not only ambitious plans to grow, in parallel they want to offer a first-class service to their passengers. Keeping waiting times at security at a minimum, establishing easy wayfinding and inspiring areas to spend time, Helsinki is creating a key differentiator to ensure continuous growth in the future.

Amorph Systems in Stuttgart, Germany, has proven to be a trusted international partner offering professional software solutions and consulting services for air and ground transportation, logistics and high-tech manufacturing. Its portfolio includes advanced control, simulation, forecasting and optimization solutions, allowing our clients to better manage and plan their business operations. Besides the state of the art control and modeling techniques, these solutions require sophisticated visualizations and user interfaces fully integrated with the customer IT systems. With AMORPH.aero, Amorph Systems offers an aviation specific platform tailored to the needs of airports, from planning to operations, taking the rising amount of available data into account.

The AERFOR-Project is granted within the European Union’s HORIZON 2020 SME Instrument phase 2. The main targets of the project are to show the capabilities of AMORPH.aero, the operational simulation platform, to airports and to develop AMORPH.aero into an innovative standard software solution for further and strengthened commercialization within the European and International market. Various partners from the aviation industry such as Finavia, Fraport AG, Zurich airport and the DLR are part of the project.

Finavia was the first AERFOR trial partner. The project in Helsinki consisted of various areas from operational simulation to support the terminal operations managers, to planning solutions for short-, mid-, and long-term planning. The base installation of AMORPH.aero at Finavia helped to further standardize the solution and implementation process. With additional functionalities, the project achieved to set-up a groundbreaking solution which is the first of its kind. In the future this will include also various use-cases on top of operational control, like advertising and retail and thereby, Amorph Systems and Helsinki Airport together will show the full capabilities of AMORPH.aero.

See what the participants say about the project:

“The installation at Helsinki Airport has shown the full potential of simulation through all stages of operational and planning processes. We are delighted about this fruitful partnership with Finavia, which shows a similar mindset in being creative and innovative. Finavia wants every day to improve life for its passengers, so we do for our customers. The created solution is a milestone and will play a key role at Helsinki Airport to improve their daily operations and in a long-term, by added flexibility, a significant business value. Together we already made an impressive journey and I am very curious about what is going to come in the future.”

Andreas Hofmann, Director Business Development at Amorph Systems.

 “From the outset, it has been a very ambitious journey with the purpose of building us a capability to see into the near and more distant future, and utilize this capability for better capacity planning, resource allocation, terminal operation and more relevant passenger communication. To fulfill these expectations across multiple dimensions would not have been possible without the committed and highly talented Amorph team, with whom we had the privilege to work with. Now, we have a strong solution running, with a truly inspiring roadmap that will hopefully take the Helsinki Airport experience to new and unseen heights.”

Eero Knuutila, Head of Service Development at Finavia

DO AIRPORTS ALWAYS NEED NEW FACILITIES TO GROW?

Space limitation is one of the most important topics for the airport industry. According to IATA passenger forecasts, passenger numbers will double over the next 20 years. So even if we know that this growth will not be steadily rising and distributed equal among all regions, it will have a heavy impact on the existing capacity of many airports. So two of the main questions to ask are:

  1. Is an airport physically and legally able to grow and not restricted yet?
  2. If yes to question 1: When are new facilities really needed so when to start extension projects?

The timing is important as no one wants to waste funds in already built but not yet needed infrastructure as well as miss revenue because of too late finished extensions. Financial crisis back in 2007 brought some turbulence into those master plans, especially at some European airports. Many of them froze or postponed their extension plans, as the calculated ROI was no longer valid. They first needed some clear signals from the market to recover. The hard decision again is the right timing to restart the extension engine. The risk takers are now lucky to be in time, but all others are facing severe problems as the recovery process is getting faster and passenger amount are increasing continuously.

IATA cargo growth versus passenger growth
Cargo growth vs. Passenger growth (Source: IATA)

Cargo rates, who have been always seen as a pre-indicator for passenger volumes stabilized and start to grow again and even more: passenger growth even lagged cargo rates and recovered faster.

Now for some airports it is foreseeable: for the next years, the existing infrastructure will be working under heavy pressure as terminal capacities create a bottleneck situation.

But there comes something positive with this painful outlook:

Challenging conditions can stimulate the innovation process.

Why? The fact of not being able to change the surrounding conditions creates creativity and flexibility to deal with the existing in the best possible way. Some call this optimization. It´s up to the management then to set the framework for innovation to take place.

Optimization

I remember pretty well in the past, working as a data analyst, I once discovered decreasing throughput rates at security checkpoint. Confronting the responsible manager with this, the answer was not like I expected: “Don´t make this public.” he said, “Otherwise we would be forced to build more security lanes to handle the demand. We can´t afford this”. I was confused as I thought more about: “Hey, let´s go out there and find out why this is happening and how we can change it”.  People are sometimes not acting in aspect to take the change as a challenge. If you do so, you will find tons of topics to improve. Now beside process related improvements, data driven optimizations are getting more and more important. The big data hype is in everyone´s ears and yes, smart solutions are needed to step through this mess of data. Otherwise your data analysts will soon get flooded with requests they can´t fulfill because of the wrong tool-set, not empowering them to create fast and accurate results.

Data Exploration and Collaboration

Not only since Google, Amazon and co. we all know: data is the key! Data availability plays an important role in particular in the aviation industry as well. Compared to other industries, the amount of stakeholders make things more complex and planning a long lasting process. This requires a general commitment on conditions and purpose between each other’s. The biggest step is to convince everybody in place, that only with collaboration they will succeed. Most airlines are not able to survive without their home base and vice versa. Even federal institutions, although they always neglect, profit from a prospering airport. So why don´t they share data and analytic competences? The analysis of already available and future required data is important to ensure competitiveness and deliver first class services now and in the future. Once the necessity has been established and agreements are set, this opens the door to a wide range of possibilities to learn and optimize the whole process chain. In the end, it is the passenger who will benefit from optimized processes and an even more passenger-centric communication.

State of the art Technology

Therefore, let´s have a realistic view. Google glasses & co. won´t bring terrific changes to the aviation industry. This might look sexy to some technical directors, creating the image of an innovative company. The real innovations are others and some smart companies like Amorph Systems are already working on it. One of the key drivers of BI in the past and in the future is about empowering people to speed up their decision process. Analytic tools are getting more and more visualized, real-time data fed and easy to use, so Amorph Systems applications are.

The clue with their products is: they are stable and fast running so they can be used for operational purpose as well as for analytic research. You will never work disconnected again. Planners and Operational people can work with the same interfaces and tool-set to increase the whole process.

With the platform Amorph.aero you can run passenger forecasts for all required points of interest in your airport, in operational mode. This creates visibility and enhances reaction time for operational managers to adopt their processes and resources to upcoming changes. Integrated with What-If Simulation functionality, end-users are able to check their adjustments first before bringing them live. This will enhance workforce productivity for airports and all involved stakeholders, reduce waiting times for passengers and as a positive effect improve the retail revenue. 

Operational Passenger Flow Forecast

Installed at Frankfurt Airport this is part of an innovative approach in the BI strategy of the airport. Frankfurt airport was one of the first in the industry exploring this Big Data challenge, containing real-time BI with our agent-based simulation.

Focusing on security checkpoints, Frankfurt Airport managed to increase capacity up to 15% by using operational passenger flow forecasting.

Beside that we now that every airport is unique. With our simulation and optimization experience and the business know how about airport and terminal operations we create value to your business by integrating your individual requirements and needs into a tailored solution.

If you want to learn more about our products and services don´t wait, get in touch with us at:

www.amorph.aero or info@amorph.aero.