Arrow and IBM aim to reinvent Airport Operations with new IoT solution

Arrow Electronics has launched the Smart Airport Asset Management Solution, an innovative IoT solution co-created with IBM. Based on an Arrow-designed and sourced set of IoT sensors and gateways, the IBM Watson IoT Platform, and IBM Maximo Enterprise Asset Management software, the solution will provide airport operators with improved operational insights that optimise equipment maintenance to avoid downtime and improve the traveller experience.

The Smart Airport Asset Management Solution collects data such as temperature, vibration and motor fluid levels from sensors on motors and other moving parts in escalators, moving walkways and baggage handling systems. Additionally, sensors on potable water cabinets measure temperature, open/closed door, water flow and leakage to determine if the cabinet is functional. The solution resolves frequent operational challenges that most negatively impact travellers according to an Airport Service Quality report from the Airport Council International.

Data is collected from the sensors connected to wireless gateways, and then consolidated and analysed on the IBM Watson IoT Platform. The industry-leading IBM Maximo portfolio creates a more efficient asset management process using the collected data to drive workflows, resource allocation, and provides analytics to assess the health of assets to guide scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. The solution is available through Arrow, its business partners, and IBM.

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