Schneider Electric showcased its enterprise-level integration system solutions for future-ready airports for India at the ‘Airports of Tomorrow’ webinar organised by the industry chamber Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Effectively, a ‘system of systems’ approach, this integrated framework provides ‘one version of reality’ enabling airports with a holistic view, quicker decision-making, better controls, improved operating efficiency and the opportunity to offer travellers a seamless experience.
Industry leaders Daniel Bircher, CEO, Zurich Airport International Asia (Kuala Lumpur) and Hari K Marar, Managing Director & CEO, Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) joined Schneider Electric’s Anil Chaudhry, CEO, Schneider Electric India Pvt. Ltd (SEIPL) & Zone President India, to deliberate on the various challenges faced by the airports and the way forward on making them future-ready. The leaders reiterated that leveraging technology could go a long way in reducing carbon emissions, generating better revenues and delivering a great passenger experience.
Chaudhry said, “Our goals for Airports 4.0 are energy efficiency and unmatched passenger experience and safety. Our technologies digitise the entire value chain of airport infrastructure management, which ensures seamless control and insight into the airport’s operation and energy usage. This allows our customers to operate effectively, safely and in a cost-efficient manner.”
Sharing his perspective, Bircher said, “We have been implementing various initiatives to reduce the CO2 emissions since 1999 and have so far brought it down by 50 per cent. In order to implement and practice sustainability, one needs to start at the management level. It is important to measure and calculate one’s emissions to be able to deliberate on the next course of action. As an entity, we strongly advocate the efficient use of airport waste management concepts and are well equipped with effective data management and emission control technology to measure and monitor the waste generated and to convert it into some form of renewable energy.”
The discussion also looked at the effective use of renewable energy sources to power airport facilities, optimising energy efficiency to minimise operating costs and achieve carbon neutrality. The global aviation industry contributes about 2 per cent of global carbon emissions. With its large carbon footprint, the entire aviation sector is looking at ways of lowering carbon emissions and effectively managing its overall energy use.
Airports focusing on sustainability and reducing their carbon footprint gain from substantial cost savings from increased energy efficiency, in addition to achieving environmental targets. With a strong emphasis on sustainability and reducing carbon footprint, Schneider Electric solutions for airports allow airports to dramatically reduce costs by improving energy quality and achieving environmental targets. EcoStruxure for Airport platform provides a collaborative environment for secure, efficient, reliable and sustainable airport service. Airports are now a smart city where almost all processes are digitised. The presence on the land side is therefore becoming increasingly necessary for airport operators who call for smart city vision.