Airports have long been at the forefront of technology, especially security technology in this day and age. High energy prices have also driven airports to seek out strategies for greater energy efficiency through lighting and HVAC – the foundation of the smart building movement. However, few airports have brought all their connected systems together in a way that we could be confident to call a truly smart airport.
The reality is that an airport is a very different prospect to other smart buildings, and it is likely for this reason that deployment of integrated smart systems have been relatively slow. In many ways an airport is more like a city than a building, with a broad variety of activities and a nature fairly independent of its surrounding environment.
Top Strategic Opportunities for Airports in 2021
After nearly a year spent in the shadow of a pandemic, the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine has finally begun. As airports gradually begin to see travelers return to the sky, passenger safety and confidence will continue to be a top priority in 2021 and beyond.