Digitizing Flight with Riyadh Airports Company

Digitizing Flight with Riyadh Airports Company

December 17, 2017 at 10:12am

With all the lines, baggage issues, security procedures, and other hassles at the airport, departing and arriving is rarely the best part of air travel. GE and Riyadh Airports Company are set to change all that by digitizing an entire airport’s operations.

As outlined in a just-signed memorandum of understanding between the two companies, the project will transform King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh into Saudi Arabia’s first “digital airport.”

Passengers will move quickly and efficiently through the airport, particularly in areas such as baggage drop-off and collection, security, and when making purchases at restaurants, cafes, and shops.

The airport itself will improve efficiencies in areas such as flight management, advanced security systems, and gate allocation. The digital connectivity will also link the airport with Saudi Customs, using advanced digital protocols for airport security and operational technology security.

The project is expected to serve as a model for airport operations globally, with solutions built on Predix, GE’s application development platform for the Industrial Internet of Things. The platform was designed to meet the scale, complexity, speed and security requirements of industry, making it the perfect foundation for digital solutions for airports.

The proposed deployment shows how GE’s digital solutions can help all types of organizations in all types of industries, including the use of Digital Thread to connect entire operations and processes for improved efficiencies, elimination of information silos, and better customer results.

The airport’s digital transformation is in line with Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to transform the economy by leveraging digital solutions across a range of sectors, including transportation.

Implementation will begin in the first quarter of 2018.

“From connecting and visualizing end-to-end airport operations to gaining insights through data that can lead to better decision-making, GE’s digital solutions will help transform the airport with a focus on both passengers and operators,” said Ali Saleh, General Manager and Chief Commercial Officer for GE Digital in the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey.

Hisham Al Bahkali, President and CEO, GE Saudi Arabia and Bahrain signed the agreement and added, “This collaboration is another example of GE’s commitment to Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to transform the economy by leveraging digital solutions across key sectors. We are looking forward to leveraging our own digital transformation experience and our long-standing presence in the innovation ecosystem of the Kingdom in this exciting aviation endeavor.”

The digital solutions will include GE Digital’s Asset Performance Management and Field Service Management (ServiceMax) solutions.

Read more stories here about how GE is helping customers across the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan with digital industrial solutions.

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