Schiphol airport in Amsterdam has introduced its own network for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
All public areas of the airport, including the arrival and departure halls, lounges, piers and Schiphol Plaza, will be covered by the IoT network.
It will also offer coverage in non-public areas such as the baggage basements and aprons.
With greater range and reduced power consumption compared with Wi-Fi, the network can be used to connect with smart sensors and send data over long distances.
These sensors will connect the airport’s facilities and infrastructure to the internet, and information from the sensors will provide the airport with real-time insights.
The first IoT application at Schiphol gives passengers the option to share real-time feedback regarding the toilet facilities, enabling contractors to respond quickly to remedy any issues.
Schiphol also plans to use sensors at aircraft stands to provide real-time information about the aircraft stand equipment. This is expected to help in ensuring that the necessary equipment is available before the aircraft and ground personnel arrive at the gate.
“The in-house network for Internet of Things underscores our ambition to remain a front runner when it comes to digitalisation at airports and making the applications at Schiphol smart, so that we can improve our processes for passengers and partners,” said Sjoerd Blüm, chief information officer at Schiphol.
“Internet of Things applications are already in use, and we will be able to implement new cases quickly in future. Through the use of digital sensors, we intend to improve our services and make the airport more attractive.”
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