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  • Mobility and autonomous handling on airport aprons at GATE Future 2016, Berlin

    On September 29, 2016, the GATE association of German airport suppliers  organized the first "GATE FUTURE" innovation forum in cooperation with the ADV (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Verkehrsflughäfen = Consortium of German Commercial Airports).The special venue chosen for this special event was the Adlon hotel in Berlin, which is steeped in tradition and has always been a place of innovation and pioneering spirit.


    The innovation forum was opened by Dieter A. Heinz, president of GATE e.V.; Ralph Beisel, general manager of ADV and Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). Following a key note speech by Mr. Michael Garvens, Chairman of the Board of Cologne/Bonn Airport, five workshops discussed current industry-relevant issues and future innovations. The agenda also included security aspects ranging from building access and passenger screening right through to IT security, sustainability and digitalization, which are viewed as a challenge across the board in many airport areas, such as apron, retail, passenger flow tracking and material handling.


    Under the motto "Vorfeld 4.0" ("Apron 4.0"), current developments in autonomous vehicles and mobile applications for use on aprons were presented in one of the workshops, which also looked at their future potential use in airports. The first fully autonomous mass-produced vehicles are available on the market and suitable for use in airports. Various mobile applications and an ever-increasing number of mobile terminals are already in use in business-critical processes for handling aircraft on aprons. In his introductory talk, Martin Binz from GHMT presented the latest radio-based applications used on the aprons of modern international airports in Germany. The highly dynamic and variable situation on aprons requires high-quality, end-to-end radio network planning to coexist with radio applications. The technical and economic evaluation and introduction of new radio-based applications and their availability requirements should therefore be supported and validated by an upstream study.


    The "Apron 4.0" workshop was organised jointly by airport advisors Dornier Consulting and airport suppliers Mototok.