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A I R P O R T C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M ACRP RESEARCH REPORT 191 2018 Research sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration Subscriber Categories Aviation â¢ Data and Information A Primer to Prepare for the Connected Airport and the Internet of Things Johanna Zmud Matt Miller Maarit Moran Melissa Tooley Jeff Borowiec Bob Brydia Texas a&M TransporTaTion insTiTuTe College Station, TX a n d Rana Sen Joe Mariani Elizabeth Krimmel Aubrey Gunnels DeloiTTe ConsulTing, llp McLean, VA
AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM Airports are vital national resources. They serve a key role in trans- portation of people and goods and in regional, national, and interna- tional commerce. They are where the nationâs aviation system connects with other modes of transportation and where federal responsibility for managing and regulating air traffic operations intersects with the role of state and local governments that own and operate most airports. Research is necessary to solve common operating problems, to adapt appropriate new technologies from other industries, and to introduce innovations into the airport industry. The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) serves as one of the principal means by which the airport industry can develop innovative near-term solutions to meet demands placed on it. The need for ACRP was identified in TRB Special Report 272: Airport Research Needs: Cooperative Solutions in 2003, based on a study spon- sored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). ACRP carries out applied research on problems that are shared by airport operating agen- cies and not being adequately addressed by existing federal research programs. ACRP is modeled after the successful National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) and Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP). ACRP undertakes research and other technical activi- ties in various airport subject areas, including design, construction, legal, maintenance, operations, safety, policy, planning, human resources, and administration. ACRP provides a forum where airport operators can cooperatively address common operational problems. ACRP was authorized in December 2003 as part of the Vision 100â Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act. The primary participants in the ACRP are (1) an independent governing board, the ACRP Oversight Committee (AOC), appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation with representation from airport operating agencies, other stakeholders, and relevant industry organizations such as the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), the American Associa- tion of Airport Executives (AAAE), the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), Airlines for America (A4A), and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) as vital links to the airport community; (2) TRB as program manager and secretariat for the governing board; and (3) the FAA as program sponsor. In October 2005, the FAA executed a contract with the National Academy of Sciences formally initiating the program. ACRP benefits from the cooperation and participation of airport professionals, air carriers, shippers, state and local government officials, equipment and service suppliers, other airport users, and research organi- zations. Each of these participants has different interests and responsibili- ties, and each is an integral part of this cooperative research effort. Research problem statements for ACRP are solicited periodically but may be submitted to TRB by anyone at any time. It is the responsibility of the AOC to formulate the research program by identifying the highest priority projects and defining funding levels and expected products. Once selected, each ACRP project is assigned to an expert panel appointed by TRB. Panels include experienced practitioners and research specialists; heavy emphasis is placed on including airport professionals, the intended users of the research products. The panels prepare project statements (requests for proposals), select contractors, and provide technical guidance and counsel throughout the life of the project. The process for developing research problem statements and selecting research agencies has been used by TRB in managing coop- erative research programs since 1962. As in other TRB activities, ACRP project panels serve voluntarily without compensation. Primary emphasis is placed on disseminating ACRP results to the intended users of the research: airport operating agencies, service pro- viders, and academic institutions. ACRP produces a series of research reports for use by airport operators, local agencies, the FAA, and other interested parties; industry associations may arrange for workshops, training aids, field visits, webinars, and other activities to ensure that results are implemented by airport industry practitioners. 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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S CRP STAFF FOR ACRP RESEARCH REPORT 191 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lori L. Sundstrom, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Michael R. Salamone, Manager, Airport Cooperative Research Program Marci A. Greenberger, Senior Program Officer Brittany Summerlin-Azeez, Program Coordinator Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Natalie Barnes, Associate Director of Publications Kami Cabral, Editor ACRP PROJECT 01-33 PANEL Field of Administration Kevin Carlson, AECOM, Chicago, IL (Chair) Kiel Barnekov, Orlando, FL Grant Gray, Faith Group LLC, Kingwood, TX Shannetta Griffin, Columbus Regional Airport, Columbus, OH David A. Kipp, Burns Engineering, Chesterfield, MO Steve Liang, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB Xiaogong Lee, FAA Liaison Aneil Patel, Airports Council InternationalâNorth America Liaison Christine Gerencher, TRB Liaison
ACRP Research Report 191: A Primer to Prepare for the Connected Airport and the Internet of Things introduces the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) within the airport environ- ment to leverage current and emerging technologies. IoT can be used to provide informa- tion and services to airport passengers with current and evolving technologies. Not only airports but airlines and other stakeholders can use these innovative technologies and the data collected from them to enhance the user experience and add value. Airport operators and their stakeholders can use this primer to understand the IoT environment and plan for implementation. IoT is defined as the infrastructure that enables advanced services by interconnecting physical and virtual things based on existing and evolving interoperable information and communication technologies. One airport application is providing indoor naviga- tion whereby passengers are guided to points within the airport environment based on IoT devices. These devices are proliferating within the airport environment and other such facilities. IoT devices can also be used to manage airport facilities for such functions as ambient temperature control, security, emergency response, and safety. As the airlines and other airport stakeholders use IoT, there are concerns about which entities have the data, what can or should be shared, privacy concerns, regulations, and the security of the data. The vast amount of data that is generated can benefit multiple stakeholders, but there remains a challenge to promote sharing and better use and control of IoT technologies. IoT devices will continue to be connected in new and innovative ways to enhance airport operations and the passenger experience. Texas A&M Transportation Institute and Deloitte Consulting, LLP, were selected to conduct research to identify opportunities for IoT in the airport environment, the inherent challenges and barriers to implementation associated with them, data sharing methods, and standards that can benefit all airport stakeholders. This primer will be useful to airport staff and stakeholders interested in introducing or enhancing their use of IoT. F O R E W O R D By Marci A. Greenberger Staff Officer Transportation Research Board
1 Summary 5 Chapter 1 Introduction to the Primer 5 Purpose of This Research Report 5 Content of the Primer 6 Intended Audience of the Primer 7 Navigating the Primer 8 Chapter 2 Understanding IoT 8 What Is IoT? 9 Connected Airports 10 IoT Enabling Technologies 14 How IoT Creates Value 28 Evolution of IoT 29 Chapter 3 Discovering the Impacts of IoT 29 IoT Awareness, Knowledge, and Opinions 32 Current State of IoT Activities 35 Where IoT Is Likely to Create Value for Airports 44 Chapter 4 How to Use IoT 44 IoT in Passenger and Airport Operations Experiences 50 Strategies for Successful IoT Implementation 55 Barriers to IoT Implementation 63 Chapter 5 Whatâs Next? 63 Future IoT Activities 65 Importance of Scalability 66 References 69 Acronyms and Abbreviations 70 Appendix A Glossary C O N T E N T S Note: Photographs, figures, and tables in this report may have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the web at www.trb.org) retains the color versions.