Airport Industry-News / May 11, 2021
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is partnering with Veovo (a London-based technology provider) to expand data input at the airport.
CVG was the first airport in the United States, to deploy internet of things (IoT) sensor technology in the security checkpoint to monitor wait times. That project and the data that was drawn allowed CVG and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to make data-driven decisions on staff scheduling, which improved wait times and passenger experience.
CVG is now adopting Veovo’s airport-wide flow management technology to obtain a greater understanding of passenger movement beyond the security checkpoint and into other areas of the terminal and concourses. Specifically, the airport will be able to see how travelers, processes and airlines interact and interconnect.
Chief innovation officer at CVG, Brian Cobb, said: “Providing memorable and predictable journeys, from the driveway to the runway, is a top priority for CVG, and data is the key enabler for our vision. Innovative solutions, like those provided by Veovo, allow us to gather and analyze data in real-time and proactively put it to work. We will be able to make better plans and improve productivity, respond to customer needs faster and tap into revenue growth opportunities.”
The rollout of the technology will be done in phases throughout the year. Once complete, historical and live data will enable CVG to make daily operational decisions as well as long-term facility improvement plans.
For example, by understanding gate arrival patterns by flight, CVG can adjust call-to-gate times or airline gate assignments to minimize crowding. The airport can evaluate how disruptions affect passenger behavior to prevent issues and/or mitigate their impact. Dwell and flow data can be used to drive strategic plans for layout configuration, signage, food and beverage placements and gate assignments.
As passenger traffic returns, these insights will help the airport grow efficiently with the right staff resourcing and concession planning to improve product offerings and placements for travelers.
Chief executive officer of Veovo, James Williamson, said: “CVG is one of a growing number of airports globally that have come to recognise the intrinsic value of managing and understanding passenger movements throughout their concourse. Because traveler behavior can vary, depending on volumes, time of day, travel class, destination and various other factors, this technology is invaluable in developing an even greater knowledge of the customer journey and helping to shape its future.”
Background on the tech: The Veovo platform bundles AI-powered analytics, data from movement sensors and rich visualisations, to provide live and historic insights into passenger occupancy, dwell times and movement patterns by flight. This data can be viewed for specific areas, grouped areas, and eventually the entire facility including the Terminal and both Concourses.
CVG joins a host of other airports, including Amsterdam, Auckland, Bristol, Birmingham and Keflavik, that have moved beyond single-process measurement, to terminal-wide insights. The post-pandemic world will only accelerate the focus on the passenger experience for the airport; both to attract customers who have a choice of departure/destination airports and airlines who want routes to/from airports that are economical and provide the best travel experience.
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