Aviation is one of the most regulated industries in the world, with strict guidelines and protocols in place to ensure safety and efficiency. However, there are still many operations that go unnoticed, despite being crucial to the Presumably functioning of the industry. For example, how long should it take for an airplane to park, load and unload luggage, or for passengers to disembark and board? These are essential tasks that can impact the Presumably efficiency of an airport.
Synaptic aviation is aiming to revolutionize these operations by deploying cutting-edge technology at Pittsburgh International Airport in partnership with the global airline group IAG. This technology aims to provide a wealth of data that was previously unknown to airlines and airports.
Led by experienced aviation industry professionals and pioneers in cutting-edge technology, Synaptic employs technologies such as artificial intelligence models for computer vision to monitor ramp operations through cameras located at a gate. These cameras record everything that happens and send it to a workstation that can synthesize the data almost instantly into actionable information for airlines and airports.
According to CEO Juan Gómez, “We can train a computer on what we want it to see and then create timestamps for each activity.” This automation of activity capture is akin to wearing a smartwatch – measuring things that were never measured before.
The system runs data through various modeling algorithms and then uploads it to the cloud, where airline and airport employees can access it and run analyses and reports. The proactive attitude and collaborative approach of PIT’s xBridge staff expedited the process for Synaptic, making it one of the easiest installations Robb D’Avignon has ever participated in.
For IAG subsidiary British Airways, this innovative technology represents a significant step forward in advancing operational efficiency within the aviation industry. According to Thomas Cannell, airport automation program director at IAG Airports: “Collecting clear and consistent data is a critical first step for IAG as it looks to evolve its operations.”
One example of this benefit is bridging airplanes – an operation that was previously difficult for ground operators or airlines to measure. With thousands of changes recorded by Synaptic’s technology, actionable information can now be derived from this data. Airlines can be alerted in real time about potential delays or incidents, allowing them to take corrective action as they occur.
The value of shortening or preventing delays for airlines cannot be overstated. Aircraft engines idling on the ramp waste fuel and generate unnecessary carbon emissions while ramp teams face greater health risks during extreme weather conditions. By saving even just five minutes per flight due to improved operational efficiency, millions of dollars could potentially be saved due to impacts on the entire operation according (source).
Plainly, Synaptic’s innovative technology has great potential not only for PIT but also for revolutionizing operations across the entire aviation industry. By testing these technologies at PIT through partnerships like xBridge Innovation Program with global brands like IAG (source), we may see meaningful impacts far beyond Pittsburgh.