Amsterdam Airport Will Roll Out Its Own IoT Network
Wed, April 21, 2021

Amsterdam Airport Will Roll Out Its Own IoT Network

Amsterdam Airport will launch its own IoT application in public and non-public spaces / Photo Credit: Nancy Beijersbergen (via Shutterstock)


Amsterdam Airport will release its own network for Internet of Things (IoT) application at the airport, according to Future Travel Experience, an independent media platform dedicated to publishing content about travel. IoT will be offered at public spaces such as arrival and departure halls, piers, lounges, and Schiphol Plaza. The network will also be present in non-public areas like baggage basements and aprons. 

Unlike WiFi, IoT has greater range and reduced power consumption. Hence, the network is more capable of connecting with smart sensors and “sending data over long distances.” The sensors connect Schiphol’s facilities and infrastructure to the internet. The information from these sensors shows real-time insights. 

Chief Information Officer Sjoerd Blum stated that IoT underscores their ambition “to remain a front runner” with regard to the digitization at airports. Moreover, IoT also makes Schiphol’s applications smart to improve their processes for their passengers and partners. Blum added, “Internet of Things applications are already in use, and we will be able to implement new cases quickly in future.” By using digital sensors, the services at the airport will be made more attractive to passengers. 

The IoT application at Schiphol enables passengers to provide real-time feedback on their experience with the airport’s toilet facilities. The feedback will be used to conduct a detailed analysis of how restrooms are used and assessed. Over 550,000 responses were received in September, per the airport’s findings. The results allow Schiphol’s cleaning contractors to proactively undertake action in addressing malfunctions or untidy conditions. 

On the other hand, Schiphol also plans to “test applications involving sensors at aircraft stands.” It will be used to provide real-time data “about the equipment on-site at the airport stand.” According to the airport, it expects the technology to check if the “necessary equipment is present before the aircraft” and if the handling personnel is at the gate. Further, the technology is also expected to resolve disruptions as soon as possible and prevent delays from occurring.