At Dubai Airport Show 2017, Huawei showcased its suite of airport-oriented ICT capabilities for the first time under the theme "Leading New ICT, The Road to Digital Aviation".
Developed together with industry partners such as T-Systems, SAP, TravelSky - Civil Aviation Cares of Qingdao, YITU, Terra Vision, HYDATA, and SenseTime, Huawei displayed a series of airport-oriented ICT solutions such as visualized airport operation solution, panoramic video surveillance solution and aviation cloud, which, combined, can enhance passenger experience, enable smart operations and intelligent security protection, as well as improve the ICT infrastructure to power aviation cloud platforms.
According to industry reports, airports globally are increasing investment in digitalisation and smart operations, driven by greater emphasis on travel safety, demand for advanced passenger services and mobile commerce. Smart airports also have more stringent requirements for uninterrupted, reliable and stable aviation services, which need to be supported by powerful ICT infrastructure and solutions.
At the Dubai Airport Show, Huawei and partners showcased a series of ICT solutions tailored to the airport passenger experience, airport smart operations, and airport intelligent security protection systems.
To support airports in their efforts to offer a better passenger experience, Huawei and T-Systems jointly developed the Cloud Flight Information Display System and the indoor positioning Dynamic Milestone system for smart travel. These advanced solutions provide value-added services to the passengers. Huawei and YITU showcased a facial recognition system for enhanced airport security. Huawei's intelligent video surveillance cameras, video cloud storage platform and aviation cloud, along with SenseTime's facial recognition system, speed up boarding time by checking biometric tokens rather than boarding passes.
In the airport smart operations area, Huawei's eLTE wireless communication technologies enable long-distance network coverage and unified access to broadband and narrowband networks. Collaborating with the visualized command and dispatch system by TravelSky-Civil Aviation Cares of Qingdao, the solution ensures efficient utilization of airport resources and improves airports’ operations efficiency.
In addition, Huawei also demonstrated an overall aviation cloud solution jointly developed with partners T-Systems, SAP, and TravelSky Cares under Huawei's "platform + ecosystem" strategy. This end-to-end solution has been deployed by some of the world's key airports. Furthermore, Huawei's Cloud Campus solution delivers high-quality and ubiquitous network access at densely populated areas, reducing O&M costs and accelerating airports’ digital transformation.
Within the framework of the Dubai Airport Show, Huawei held its Global Aviation Summit 2017 on May 15, 2017. Themed "Leading New ICT, The Road to Digital Aviation", the event gathered customers, operators and integrators from the global aviation sector to explore the future of airport business and development, and to share success stories of innovative ICT solutions for the aviation industry.
Xilin Yuan, president of the transportation sector of huawei’s enterprise business group, said: "New ICT technologies are bringing about revolutionary changes, such as digital collaboration, cloud computing platforms, and Big Data analytics, to the aviation industry. Digitalization can dramatically optimize passengers' travel experience, increase airports' operational efficiency, and ensure public safety and operational security at airports. Huawei is cooperating with its partners to provide innovative, differentiated, and advanced ICT hardware and software infrastructure for aviation customers, enabling them to embrace the benefits of digital technologies, and remain competitive and thrive in the digital era."
To drive digital transformation of the aviation industry, collaborative efforts between hardware and software providers are necessary to develop targeted ICT solutions addressing the business needs of customers. Commenting on their partnership with Huawei, Carlos Y. Kaduoka, director, strategy of airport solutions line, SITA, said: "The Smart Airport vision and its digital transformation strategies offer unique opportunities to the entire airport ecosystem. And working together in partnership with technology companies such as Huawei, we can help the industry to deliver on the Smart Airport vision, and to achieve their strategic objectives by leveraging on technology.”
By the end of 2016, Huawei has provided ICT products, solutions, and services for more than 40 airports, airlines, and air traffic control authorities worldwide. Customers include more than 15 global airports with more than 30 million annual passengers and the 10 busiest airports in China by passenger traffic. As announced in October 2016, Dubai Airports is partnering with Huawei to design and build the world's first Tier III certified Modular Data Centre Complex (MDCC) at Dubai International Airport (DXB), the world's busiest international airport.