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Help the Aviation and Tourism Sector Rebound, Here Are 8 Definitions of Smart Airports Revealed at the Indonesia Smart Airport Forum (ISAF) 2021

20 Aug 2021

Jakarta - The implementation of the smart airport concept is considered appropriate to encourage the growth of the aviation and tourism sector, including encouraging recovery (rebound) after being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the Indonesia Smart Airport Forum (ISAF 2021) webinar, the speakers expressed their views on the definition of a smart airport and its implementation so that it becomes the key to the revival of aviation and tourism. The following are the views of the speakers regarding smart airports presented at ISAF 2021:

1. Smart airports give birth to technology-based innovations
Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi said innovations made in the aviation sector through the development of digital technology could support efforts to recover the economy and tourism in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Through this forum [ISAF 2021], it is hoped that new innovations can be produced both in terms of business and digitalization technology. Which can be developed and synergized with all stakeholders in the transportation and tourism sector in Indonesia," explained the Minister of Transportation.

2. Smart airport is an airport that prioritizes technology and collaboration
PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) President Director Muhammad Awaluddin said smart airports are airports that use technology as a key, prioritize automation, operate efficiently, and get great results with cost-effective operational costs.

AP II also applies the Connected concept to airport development, so that the airport prioritizes stakeholder collaboration, prioritizes information as the main key, operates robustly in every condition, and management is interconnected.

"AP II airport development currently refers to 'Smart' and 'Connected', to support our vision as a Smart-Connected Airport Operator," said Muhammad Awaluddin.

3. Smart airport is an airport that provides more benefits
Head of the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) Hammam Riza said that smart airports are airports that utilize technology including artificial intelligence to increase operator income, provide improved services and travel experiences for passengers, and realize green initiatives through new and renewable energy (EBT). , and operate more efficiently.

4. Smart airport is an airport that introduces a new approach
Director General of Resources and Equipment for Post and Information Technology at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Ismail, said that smart airports achieved by digital transformation provide a new approach to services for the community and airport operations that are focused on security, convenience, and affordability.

5. Smart airports provide smart mobility
Professor of the Bandung Institute of Technology Prof. Dr. Ir. Suhono Harso Supangkat, M. Eng said that smart airports create an integrated smart mobility ecosystem, involving various transportation companies including airport operators.

The implementation is briefly described as follows: Transportation companies A, B, and C provide services, then each company collects information from these services, then the information is managed properly (information management and control), then the three transportation companies use the same information. exist to coordinate in order to bring benefits to all parties.

"How does the coordination of the mobility company become a part of the integration ecosystem for travelers," explained Prof. Suhono.

6. Smart airport speeds up the process
Associate Director Arthur D Little Consultant Management Rick Russel said the implementation of the Airport Operation Control Center (AOCC) to support the smart airport concept can support time efficiency at every touchpoint. Meanwhile, Soekarno-Hatta Airport currently has AOCC.

7. Smart airports increase flight efficiency
Aviation observer Gerry Soejatman said that smart airports supported by technology on the air side can create flight efficiency and in arranging departures and arrivals at the terminal. At Soekarno-Hatta Airport, ACDM has been implemented.

8. Smart airports have the ability to adapt to new technologies
Manager, Member & External Relations, Asia Pacific - International Air Transport Association (IATA) KarLeong Sum explained that airplane passengers expect a digital system to store and verify health documents in the midst of this pandemic. Therefore, the airport through the application of the smart airport concept must be able to accommodate various new technologies.