Airports must digitize operations to meet post-pandemic travel demands: Ericsson report

According to Ericsson’s Connected Aviation report, the aviation industry needs to digitize its operations to meet recurring travel demands and airport experience expectations as passengers begin to travel again.

The report outlines how private networks are poised to help the industry improve airside operations and customer experience, increase throughput and enable a more productive workforce using 4G and 5G technologies .

The report outlines key challenges for the aviation industry: lead times, financial stability, high demand for maintenance, repair and overhaul labor, customer experience, safety and security, and environmental sustainability.

Three concrete examples presented in the report show how private networks can be deployed commercially to address these challenges through tested and realistic applications.

“Already by being able to digitize operations around the aircraft – thanks to our private cellular network – we have seen a significant increase in efficiency with a clear return on investment”, comments Henri Tallon, head of the unit commercial Hub One for telecommunications.

To overcome key barriers to growth, the report recommends four use cases that deliver immediate value with private networks as an enabler: connected assets, real-time embedded communication, digital load control, and download and remote data offloading.

Airports can see performance gains of 20-40% for operations with private 5G networks, according to the report.

The report also estimates that each flight needs to offload between 500 GB and 1 TB of sensor, steering and entertainment related data, which is essential to provide reliable information for predictive mechanisms and aircraft improvements.

“With Ericsson Private 5G, the airport ecosystem can meet increased demand for data and increase operational efficiency without compromising safety and security. After years of testing, private 5G networks are ready for commercial deployment at airports and within the wider aviation industry,” concluded Thomas Norén, Head of Dedicated Networks at Ericsson.

This first appeared in the CommsWire subscription newsletter on July 21, 2022.


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