Arrow Electronics, IBM Develop New IoT Solution for Airport Operations


The Smart Airport Asset Management Solution enables airports to improve the performance of key assets that directly impact customer experience

Arrow Electronics, a leading global company specialises in distribution and value-added services relating to electronic components, announced the launch of Smart Airport Asset Management Solution, an innovative Internet of Things (IoT) solution that is co-developed with IBM.

The new smart solution will offer airport operators with enhanced operational insights that can optimise the maintenance of equipment to avoid downtime and augment the traveler experience.

The new solution is based on the Arrow-designed and sourced set of IoT gateways and sensors, the IBM Maximo Enterprise Asset Management software and IBM Watson IoT Platform.

Collect and analyse data

The Smart Airport Asset Management Solution gathers data such as vibration, temperature and motor fluid levels from the sensors on motors and other moving parts in escalators, baggage handling systems and moving walkways.

The data is collected from sensors that are connected to the wireless gateways, and then combined and analysed on the IBM Watson IoT Platform. IBM Maximo portfolio develops a more effective asset management process by leveraging the collected data to drive workflows, resource allocation, and offers analytics to analyse the assets health to guide scheduled and unscheduled maintenance.

Improve customer experience

Commenting on the development, Aiden Mitchell, Vice President – IoT at Arrow, said, “Over seven billion passengers fly every year, so creating smart airports is smart business. This solution we have developed with our suppliers will help improve the customer experience and demonstrates the model that IBM and Arrow are implementing across the relationships at the heart of IoT.”

Adriana Robinson, Vice President, IBM Watson IoT, commented, “Harnessing data and analytics, this end-to-end IoT solution enables airports to improve the performance of key assets that directly impact customer experience. This will allow maintenance teams to predict airport facility equipment failure and create proactive maintenance workflows.”