GIP is ready for airports. Are Airports ready for GIP?
Mission completed for Oscars ! A stable and marketable 1.0 version of GIP for Airport, our Geo Intelligent Platform, is now ready for take-off. The solution is not only able to track vehicles in real-time on a map but can also send out notifications when specific events occur. This ability can be put to use in a broad variety of situations, such as avoiding accidents, charging a company that tends to the green spaces based on the time spent on the grass, or synchronizing the airport operations as soon as a flight approaches the airport.
Airports can use GIP in various ways in order to increase their performance. In other words, Oscars helps airports reduce their operational costs and increase their revenues by making it possible to accommodate more flights per day through a better organization of ground operations.
But how can an airport actually increase its revenue by accommodating more flights? The fact is that airports charge airlines for using their installation and services. Increasing performance of the latter can therefore optimize the service potential and revenues pipeline…
How do airports calculate fees for airlines?
There are several fees that can be charged to airlines. Some airports are “hungrier” than others but every airport has its own billing system. Some make the distinction between the landing and the take-off fee. Those fees are often grouped together under a global "runway fee" which is charged, on a one-shot basis, per aircraft. This runway charge is sometimes just a part of the bill issued by the airport as most of them apply an additional fee based on the utilization of the airport tarmac.
Which metric is being used to measure this “utilization of the tarmac” or, to put it another way, how can it be translated into fees to be charged?
While some airports apply a fixed fee, others prefer to charge a day, hour, or even minute use rate.
Furtthermore, fees widely vary depending on the size of plane, the number of seats, the weight, the services, the time spent on the tarmac, the privileges, and so on.
GIP helps airports determine the amount of time spent by an airline on the ground
The real-time geolocation capabilities of GIP help airports determine the number of minutes each plane spends on the ground. Even better, the platform sends a notification when an aircraft enters a defined area known as a “parking area" and starts counting time from that moment onwards.
Let’s take an example of a basic workflow:
• A plane lands on the runway of an airport and is guided on the taxiways till it reaches its allocated gate
• As the aircraft approaches its standing place, a notification is sent and a timer is started
• Ground operations take place at the ground (plane unloading, cleaning, kerosene refuelling, reloading)
• Ready to take-off, the plane leaves its zone and is directed to the take-off runway
• A new notification is sent and the timer stopped as the plane leaves its initial position
• The plane takes off
An accurate calculation of minutes spent on the ground
In order to calculate and report the amount of time spent by each plane on the ground of the airport, GIP requires some input data, i.e.:
• the real-time position of the plane
• an "area" defined by a polygon on the ground
• ... that's all!
GIP takes care of all the processing by counting the seconds, minutes, hours each aircraft spends in each zone of the airport. That represents quite a lot of data. But Oscars’ GIP loves munching on big data. As we indicated in our latest article, our solution is able to run against very large databases containing up to 800 million rows.