The AIRPORTS project aims to provide the Commission with a study covering aspects of airport telematics in order to provide a basis for a European standardisation for airport ground systems.
The following principal tasks have been accomplished:
- development of a questionnaire and subsequent interviews of airport staff, passengers (IAPA), airport authorities (AdP, AENA), airlines and freight operators in several European countries (starting with France, Germany and Spain)
- realisation of a "Users Requirements Document", based on the interview results
- definition of a 'generic' airport
- realisation of a functional model of a generic airport information system
- production of a "Data Exchanged" report
- architecture study concerning five existing information systems for airports, including a synthesis
- production of an "Architecture Study Report"
- preparation of a report on "Future RTD and Standardisation Requirements".
The project includes:
- a study of the airport users, authorities and operator requirements in order to determine a system architecture for the implementation of an airport telematics system
- a proposal for an airport telematics system architecture, based on the study of existing architectures, data flows, identified needs
- a proposal for the basis of a European standardisation programme for information exchange at airports in order to ease system implementation, promote European industry and provide fair competition.
Exploitation potential and plans
The consortium members plan to exploit their shared knowledge and experience in ATC/ATM, communications, road information systems and data presentation and, together, to provide the Commission with a proposal for a study covering all aspects of airport telematics. The current study has not resulted in the production of software or other element which could be offered commercially. The consortium is interested in pursuing the standardisation process in airports and intends also to evolve the airport information systems realised by its members to conform to the generic architecture defined in this study.
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