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Page 26 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC JAN-FEB , 2019 Digital transformation not slowing at airports NokScoot inks ULD contract NOKSCOOT, one of Thailand’s medium-haul budget airlines, has awarded a ULD management contract to Unilode Aviation Solutions. BY 2025, digital transformation should have changed the land- scape of global airport airside systems operations. According to a new study by Frost and Sullivan, there is in- creased focus and new oppor- tunities in areas such as airport collaborative decision making (A-CDM) platforms, total air- port management, service-level agreements, IoT-enabled mobility services, video analytics, data platforms and disruption manage- ment. Growth prospects will be fuelled by an upgrade in legacy systems and transition to autono- mous and sustainable operations. Frost and Sullivan expects the commercial airport airside systems market to reach US$6.23 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 4.3 per cent from 2017 to 2025. “The gap between airside and landside operations is blurring with common objectives of enhancing passenger experi- ence, avoiding delays, improving safety and security and providing a greener and energy-efficient operation,” said Renjit Benjamin, senior industry analyst, Airports and Airlines at Frost & Sullivan. “Operators are currently in- vesting in digital technology to leverage real-time data and create end-to-end systems that optimise operations, enhance capacity, bet- ter manage resources and provide greater automation of processes.” Benjamin predicts consoli- dation and divestments among operators to strengthen market position, expand product portfoli- os, utilise leaner business models, and provide end-to-end solutions. He recommends operators di- versify into adjacent operational segments as a way to maximise product potential, with prod- uct development focusing on increasing interoperability and vertical integration deploy- ment. Five trends creating growth opportunities in the market are: • High demand for upgrades and deployments within are- as such as advanced surface movement guidance and con- trol systems, apron and drone management, simulation and training, and collaborative plat- forms such as A-CDM; • Autonomous services and use of unmanned aerial vehi- cles bringing new competition and potential strategic and technical partnerships; • Airspace modernisation programs such as SESAR (in Europe) and NextGen (in the United States) and collabora- tive programs such as A-CDM driving operators and ANSPs to upgrade their tower systems; • Transition to energy-saving LED infrastructure and trialling of autonomous inspection sys- tems; and • Integration of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data-based analytics and cybersecurity measures. “Although airside digital transformation is a vision strat- eg y for most airports, three out of four airports have reported implementation challenges largely caused by a reliance on capital-intensive infrastructure modifications,” said Benjamin. “Streamlining turnaround activities and identifying legacy systems and architecture that add to maintenance costs are additional challenges requiring consideration.” MAB Kargo in Cargo iQ MAB Kargo -a subsidary of MASkargo - the main cargo divi- sion of Malaysia Aviation Group, has joined Cargo iQ. “MAB Kargo joined Cargo iQ to improve tracking visibility from the point of booking to delivery for airlines and forwarders, to adhere to international quality standards, and to gain customer confidence in Malaysia Airlines as a preferred airline,” said Jagedeswaran Nadrajah, head of Cargo Operations Transforma- tion at MAB Kargo. “Membership allows us to access operational gap analysis via Cargo iQ data, enables us to improve our customer servic- es index, and adds value to our product offerings. “It also enables reporting on end-to-end performance and analysis of customer require- ments, which aligns with our fo- cus on quality as we translate our vision to be a world-class cargo airline into a reality.” MAB Kargo operates three A330-200F freighters from its home base at KLIA together with belly capacity on Malaysia Air- lines’ jets.