Harnessing the Potential of Data Management for Digital Twins: Transforming Airport Operations
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Airports have always been at the forefront of technological innovation, and they are once again poised for an unprecedented transformation. This remarkable change is being driven by a revolutionary approach to data management combined with cutting-edge technology. This combination enables the application in practice of digital twins, a game-changing concept that has the potential to revolutionize resilient and sustainable airport operations.
Airports around the world are grappling with a myriad of challenges. From the urgent need to decarbonize air travel to meet global emissions reduction targets, to managing changing passenger levels and expectations, as well as the task of recruiting and retaining the right personnel in a post-pandemic world, the demands are immense. Airports need a robust approach to managing all the information required to make the airport as effective as it can be, and the experience for the passengers as pleasant and seamless as possible.
Digitalization of information is fundamental to most industries, but particularly airports. It is critical to ensure that the information flows consistently from design to decommissioning with the minimum effort. Digital twins are digital representations of physical assets, ranging from individual elements to entire airport complexes. If fed by the right data, much of which already exists within the complex airport ecosystem, they can enable optimization of costs, enhance passenger experiences, and streamline operations. What sets digital twins apart is their ability to monitor the changing physical environment digitally and model the simulation of future operational scenarios.
Data management naturally plays a pivotal role in the success of airport digital twin implementations. Airports generate vast amounts of data every day, from flight schedules and passenger information to asset maintenance records and security protocols. Effective data management is at the core of harnessing this wealth of information and transforming it into actionable insights.
Digital twins process and visualize real-time data feeds from various sources within the airport, including asset sensors, surveillance cameras, and passenger check-in systems. This data is then processed and analyzed, creating a digitalized representation of the airport. Every aspect of airport operations can be monitored, analysed, simulated and managed, from baggage handling to security screening, in real-time.
The ability to connect the physical and digital airport environments through digital twins offers numerous advantages. For instance:
Cohesive is steadfastly committed to empowering built-asset organizations to embrace the digital revolution. Their team of data and digital experts understands the unique demands of the aviation sector, crafting bespoke, outcome-driven digital strategies. By gaining a deep understanding of your business requirements, digital maturity, and specific ways of working, Cohesive empowers you to navigate the intricate digital landscape, unlocking new avenues for sustainable growth.
Leveraging our significant industry expertise, Cohesive provides a clear roadmap for your entire asset management and digital twin journey. From grasping nuanced concepts to delineating their applications in your context, Cohesive’s digital advisory services ensure a seamless transition into the realm of digital twins.
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