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Global Airport Operational Databases (AODB) 

  • March 2014
  • 38 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 2051529


Table of Contents

Airport Management through Information Technology

Key Findings

•Frost & Sullivan conservatively estimates the global AODB market value for 2012 at $xx million, based on information from various reports and airport industry journals.
•The xx top suppliers of AODB globally are presumed to be SITA, ARINC, and Siemens based on the limited research executed for this insight.
•Airports must efficiently manage operations and activities to be cost effective. A reliable and well-maintained AODB does that by administering, tracking, and scheduling the resources required to operate airports.
•AODB serves as a repository of information relating to airport operations that can be shared among stakeholders.
•An AODB supports real-time data warehousing and data retrieval from information technology (IT) systems and provides the mechanism for the integration of systems throughout the site.
•An AODB solution introduced into an airport IT infrastructure probably requires the use of software patches and other fixes. The nature of an AODB is to be able to relate data and have it accessible to the proper users, which cannot be accomplished through a simple plug and play installation.
•Advances in baggage handling, passenger check-in, and security are becoming less labor intensive and being replaced with automated systems that require maintenance and upgrades. These innovations will test the scalability and resiliency of present-day AODB architecture.

Scope of Research and Definitions

•The purpose of this insight is to highlight the information management aspect of airport operations that use database solutions to enhance efficiency and customer satisfaction. The term “airport operations database” is used throughout this insight generically to address various configurations of “data sets” able to be shared within a single framework.
•AODBs are not yet standardized by any authoritative body or agency, and whether or not AODBs should be regulated is not covered in this research. This insight offers a definition of an AODB and reviews some of the data sets necessary for airports to operate efficiently.
•Data sets underscored within this insight are only a small sampling of the types of information integrated within an AODB and are not all-inclusive.
•A list of companies is supplied, however, revenue information is not included for this insight as most companies are private and financial information is not obtainable. In addition, the list of companies is not comprehensive and only shows those that offer an AODB solution.
•Market size is based on estimates gathered through company media announcements, airport industry journals, and IT reviews.

Airport Operational Database Defined

• An AODB holds data relating to operational activity concerning flights and facilities. The AODB supports
the real-time data warehousing and retrieval of data from IT systems, and it provides the mechanism for
the integration of systems throughout the site.
• An AODB integrates into other airport systems and receives data feeds from outside sources, such as Adhoc
Schedule Messages (ASM), Seasonal Schedule Messages (SSM), International Air Transport
Association (IATA) delay codes, and aircraft movement messages. Typical flight data that the AODB stores
o Which aircraft arrived
o When the aircraft arrived
o Where the aircraft originated
o Aircraft departure and arrival information“
o Number of passengers
o Amount of freight
o Where the aircraft parked
o Other airport services used by aircraft
• Similar to other databases, an AODB stores and maintains historical data as well as feeds into other databases such as financial systems, flight scheduling, baggage handling, and in some instances ground transportation networks.
•A well-designed AODB can become the cornerstone for allocating a variety of airport resources efficiently. By compiling assets and schedule information to coordinate check-in desks with available gates, equipment, and personnel, an AODB can save airports millions in manpower.
•Some of the most common data managed through the use of AODBs includes flight data for Flight Information Display Systems (FIDS), baggage reconcilement data for Baggage Information Display Systems (BIDS), and gate assignment data for Gate Information Displays (GIDS).

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