Passenger Terminal Expo 2012: Vienna

Tom Allett and Caroline Cook provide a snapshot of some of the latest products that will be on display at April’s Passenger Terminal Expo in Vienna.


The 18th annual Passenger Terminal Expo (PTE) will be hosted by Vienna Airport, Austria, from April 18 to 20, 2012.  It provides airport and airline industries with the opportunity to debate current issues and form global business relationships.In the past, the show has attracted more than 3,500 visitors from airports, airlines, aviation authorities and related businesses, with at least 85 countries around the world represented each year.
There will be more than 150 exhibitors at PTE this year, ranging from security and emergency companies to furnishing and lighting suppliers.
 

The output of Amor’s queue management system is seen at Oslo Airport.

Amor Group: Stand 5000

The Amor Group will be showcasing how its Chroma Airport Suite (CAS) technology is delivering the next generation of airport operations at some of the world’s largest and most successful airports.
The manufacturer says that its CAS is the “world’s only truly integrated set of airport operational solutions” and “delivers a common technology platform that establishes a commitment to airport-wide collaboration and integration.”
It enables operators to establish and monitor service levels to drive an increase in performance across the airport.
Amor says its unique Airport Collaboration Database (ACDB) is central to multi-stakeholder engagement and puts the passenger process at the heart of airport operations.  It delivers real-time data and enables truly collaborative decision-making within terminal operations.
The Amor Group says the ACDB is the next generation of airport operational system, based on more than a decade of system delivery by the company.  It focuses on passenger-centric data as a critical measure of airport performance and has already been adopted by airports including Dubai and Oslo.
The ACDB delivers real-time data around the entire passenger process via implementation of a best of breed sensory network that includes Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Thermal Image tracking.  Like its AODB predecessor, the ACDB consolidates data multiple sources, providing a single source of information for key operational metrics.
The Chroma Airport Suite also incorporates AODB, FIDS, RMS, demand forecasting and in-depth business intelligence.
Amor says it is helping customers including DXB, LHR, OSL and MAG, “deliver the next generation airport, today.”
 
AOptix: Stand 6330
New at Passenger Terminal Expo is the latest ISO/ICAO-compliant biometric identity solution from AOptix Technologies, the InSight Duo.  For the first time, the ubiquity of face and the certainty of iris biometrics are combined in one device.  The powerful biometric duo is designed to ensure the highest confidence and most conclusive identity verification in the industry.  AOptix has proven in real-time deployments at borders and passenger terminals that subjects of all heights and from different demographics interact successfully with the InSight.  Users are simply instructed to stand on the two metre mark, look at the InSight, and open their eyes for fast and intuitive identity management, despite any language barriers.  The combined face and iris biometric solution offers the highest degree of accuracy.  Deployed at aviation security checkpoints, immigration counters, or boarding gates, the overall passenger experience for identity verification becomes seamless and yields high throughput and high volume efficiency while maintaining remarkably low failure to enrol (FTE) and failure to acquire (FTA) rates.  Experience the InSight Duo Auto eGate for yourself at stand 6330.
 

CONRAC’s new slimline IP54 concept.

CONRAC: Stand 5060

Germany’s CONRAC will introduce an innovative new display concept: New housing design, new diagonals, new panel technology, new features and even more flexibility.  “Only the reliability and durability remain unchanged,” says the manufacturer.
The new Public Display series uses the latest state-of-the-art Edge LED panels.  The first models available will be 42in (106.7cm) and 55in (139.7cm).  CONRAC adds that the new panel technology allows the display depth and the front bezel width to be reduced considerably.
Vital aspects are the reduced power consumption of the new displays as well as the new IP protection concept.  CONRAC says its new 61xx PD series combines a slim design with an IP54 protection.  The display unit is entirely sealed, preventing any dust or moisture from getting in.
However, CONRAC says its slim design hasn’t reduced the casing’s robustness because this is a legal requirement for installations in public areas; especially when displays are mounted within people’s reach.  The company states that with its solid aluminium frame and safety glass front panel, the new displays are ideally suited for public environments.
To eliminate accidental or deliberate tampering, all external controls and connections are out of reach and, for easy installation, the fixing points are compatible with the previous model.  In addition, the Video Electronics Standards Association’s standard fixing points have been added.
CONRAC says its new series provides a further innovative feature.  The IP54-protected display unit and the so-called ‘electronics box’ (EB), which, as its name suggests, houses the electronics and the power supply, are designed as separate devices.  The EB simply plugs into the display unit, giving the dual advantages of a fully-integrated solution with the easy maintenance and flexibility offered by an external one.
The EB is available in versions for monitors, integrated IPCs and controller boards.
 
Matteograssi: Stand 3180
Italian designer Matteograssi SpA will exhibit its latest offering on Stand 3180.  ‘Meeting’ is a multiple seating system with an aluminium I-beam support, designed by Centro Study.
Each system measures 103.5 inches (263cm)-wide by 22.2in (59cm)-deep, and is 30.3in (77cm) in height.
The seats are joined to aluminium table supports and can be equipped on demand with high-density polyurethane foam back rests.  They are available with coach hide, soft leather or metal coverings.
According to Matteograssi, all of its products meet UNI EN ISO 9001:2000 standards.  In fact, Meeting complies with regulations on structural resistance, such as UNI EN 1728/00 and ANSI – BIFMA X 5.4 – 1997.
The seating systems also meet ergonomic requirements and fire safety regulations, such as TB117 and BS5852, and upon request, TB133 and BS7176.
Meeting systems have already been installed at several airports across the globe, including Frankfurt, Athens, Beijing, Rome, Dubai, Kiev and Turin.
(Image: Matteograssi)
 

Morpho will showcase the new generation of MorphoWay automated e-gates.

Morpho: Stand 2220

Dedicated security solutions provider Morpho (part of the Safran group), will be exhibiting at Passenger Terminal Expo 2012.  A range of identification and detection solutions for aviation environments will be featured.  Morpho will showcase the new generation of MorphoWay automated e-gates which has been redesigned in a modern, transparent, low-footprint format.  The advanced solution ensures real-time recognition of travellers and helps to facilitate passenger flows at borders.  Morpho will also present MorphoCheck, its portable terminal that allows border control and custom officers to check new-generation biometric travel documents.  Visitors will also be able have first-hand experience of a range of detection solutions with the CTX 5800, a high performance, low-footprint CT-based explosives detection system (EDS) and the Itemiser DX, a next generation desktop ITMS-based explosives trace detector.
 

OMK Design will exhibit a new polyurethane PRM seat, developed through a 4,000-seat supply to Dublin International Airport.

OMK Associates Ltd: Stand 3330

In its 45th year in the public seating industry, British company OMK Design will be showcasing its latest products on Stand 3330.  With more than 150 installations in 100-plus countries, OMK already has a reputation for producing long-lasting furniture.
The company will be exhibiting its latest seating solution T500.  This structure utilises a single support bracket and identical seat and back panels – available in perforated metal, or injection moulded, self-skinned polyurethane – to create a low-cost, high-performance seat.  Experts at OMK claim that the T500: “answers the high-density seating requirements for the new breed of super jumbo aircraft.”
The T500 has common fixings to allow easy assembly and replacement.  Seats can be positioned at various places along the aluminium central beam and tables can also be fitted at the end or in between the runs.
OMK Design will also showcase its latest development to the TRAX seating system, which is currently in use at more than 160 airports worldwide, including Brussels, JFK and Guangzhou.  The seats are specially designed for long waiting time use and are mounted on an anodised aluminium beam, purportedly allowing the operator infinite flexibility before and after installation.
The TRAX seating system is available as a high-back model, which incorporates a more comfortable design including a leg-rest option.
Also on show will be the new polyurethane PRM seat, developed through a 4,000-seat supply to Dublin International Airport; the inBeam power system found at New Orleans International Airport; and an integral impact-resistant leg rest for long-stay areas.
 

Smiths Detection’s new cargo scanner, the HI-SCAN 145180-2is, has a dual-view X-ray system with a compact footprint.

Smiths Detection: Stand 6000

In coming weeks, Smiths Detection will release a new, dual-view X-ray inspection system designed to meet the growing demands of screening large cargo, pallets and freight on passenger and cargo planes.
The compact HI-SCAN 145180-2is is capable of screening objects up to 57in x 71in (145 cm x 180 cm), meeting the maximum size allowed by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  The dual-view capability speeds throughput by providing the operator with two high-resolution adjoining images, eliminating the need to scan twice to obtain the same information.
The company says the HI-SCAN 145180-2is has been designed to enhance its product portfolio on the TSA Air Cargo Screening Qualified Technology List.  Smiths Detection has 16 inspection systems on the list – including the single-view HI-SCAN 145180 system deployed for air cargo screening – and claims this is more than any other company.