May 18, 2016 7:22 am

With the help of Bluetooth/Wi-Fi sensors and best practice security checkpoint planning, Genève Aéroport (GVA) has been able to reduce waiting times by half, and increase satisfactory performance days more than five times.

Genève Aéroport (GVA), which is the 2nd busiest airport in Switzerland, has taken the passenger experience and operational efficiency to higher levels. By end of 2014, GVA improved the existing security checkpoint layout and process and increased the number of staff to cater for the increasing number of passengers. With these measures, GVA has been able to reduce the average waiting time at security by 51% from an average of 7 minutes to 3.5 minutes. In addition, the airport has increased the number of days with satisfactory performance more than five times (from 54 days in 2014 to 297 days in 2015).

Equally, in 2014 a strategic decision was taken to optimize the planning and performance evaluation of the security checkpoints at GVA. The airport adopted a combined solution from Denmark-based BLIP Systems and Copenhagen Optimization (C-OPT), to optimize the utilization of the resources and create operational and managerial visibility with the help of real-time measurements and advanced data intelligence.

The work of C-OPT includes passenger forecasts converted into a lane opening plan securing the waiting time SLA as well as staff demand plans. The BlipTrack solution and the C-OPT Security Performance Evaluation Tool, also known as SPET, allows GVA to evaluate the performance of the checkpoints on a daily basis.

Geneve1The combined solution measures and analyses all the key factors for queue development, such as real-time queue and dwell time measurements, using BlipTrack Bluetooth/Wi-Fi sensors, passenger forecasts vs actual, how actual opening of lanes complies with the plan and production per lane. The insights enable the airport to evaluate why the queue evolved like it did and to analyze where to focus on improvements.

With this information, the airport is today able to quickly pinpoint the drivers of poor performance, such as inaccurate forecasting or the lack of staff. It has enabled GVA to better plan staffing patterns and response promptly and effectively to irregular operations and disruptions, preventing bottlenecks.

The improvements have enabled GVA to set new ambitious standards of service. Today the airport aims for 85% of all passengers experiencing less than seven minutes of waiting time in the security process and that no passengers are allowed to wait more than 20 minutes.

Geneve2“The security planning organization has been taken to new levels with accurate and trusted plans. This has allowed us to plan for the days ahead, but also to make unique daily plans for a whole year in advance. This has significantly increased the quality of the budgeting and capacity planning.” says Ruben Jimenez, Head of Security at Genève Aéroport.

“BlipTrack and C-OPT have provided us with powerful tools which have allowed us to gain a good understanding of the security check-point dynamics. In combination with the operational experience of our security staff, we work in a more and more proactive way. And most importantly our customers benefit directly by getting better service. We are looking forward to have BLIP Systems and C-OPT by our side on our way forward.” says Anita Filli, Project Manager Land-side Operations.

“We value the long-term cooperation with Genève Aéroport and their professional and innovative approach in using data to ensure efficient operations and passenger satisfaction. It has been a privilege to work with such dedicated people, from the first BlipTrack installations at Central Security to now include several other airport processes, and from being used solely for measurements to also include prediction. We look forward to be a part of Genève Aéroport ´s ongoing plan in becoming one of Europe's most progressive and service-minded airports,” says Kim Hermansen, Engineer at BLIP Systems.

BlipTrack is successfully employed in optimization efforts in more than 25 international airports, including Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, JFK Airport in New York, Toronto Pearson, Dubai, El-Prat Airport in Barcelona, Dulles Airport in Washington, Copenhagen, Oslo, Malpensa and Linate Airports in Milano, Manchester, Brussels, Dublin, San Diego, Helsinki, Auckland, Berlin, Montreal, Genève, Birmingham, Bristol, Cincinnati, Brussels South Charleroi, Keflavik, Billund and Aalborg. The solution is also implemented in road traffic in SwitzerlandNew Zealand, USA, UK, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Canada and Ireland. In recent years, the solution has also been rolled out in ports in Denmark and UK, train stations in Holland, ski resorts in USA, amusement parks, and at events all over the world.

“BlipTrack has provided us with powerful tools, which have allowed us to gain a good understanding of the security check-point dynamics. In combination with the operational experience of our security staff, we work in an increasingly more proactive way. And most importantly, our customers benefit directly by getting a better service.”

Anita Filli
Project Manager Landside Operations at Genève Aéroport

“BlipTrack helps us manage and eliminate potential problem spots within the facility. Sharing the processing time with our travelers provides them with peace of mind, so they may continue to expect a pleasant travel experience.” Read more

Gert-Jan de Graaff
President and CEO of JFKIAT

“BlipTrack has positioned CVG on the technology cutting edge of real-time wait analytics and efficiency planning. The solution provides us with immediate visibility to the customer experience and resource effectiveness with throughput planning. BlipTrack allows us to put the customer at ease at a critical stress point and instills our expectations around superior customer experience.” Read more

Brian Cobb
Vice President, Customer Experience at CVG

“The solution alerts airport employees about developing bottlenecks which allows them to react to the situation more quickly.” Read more

Daryl Jameson
Vice President at JFKIAT

“Our use of BLIP Systems’ technology has proven quite successful. BlipTrack has enabled CVG to continue our close collaboration with TSA to ensure that the passenger experience at CVG is one that enhances the journey experience rather than detract from it.” Read more

Candace McGraw
CEO at Cincinnati Airport

“BLIP Systems provides us with valuable insights in queue times of the most important passenger processes at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. These insights are used to continuously improve our performance together with our stakeholders. BLIP Systems has proved to be a reliable partner, with clear a understanding of our needs.”

Martijn Van Boxtel
Operational Manager Terminal Logistics at Schiphol Group

“BlipTrack has helped us to resource our operations on the day, and to identify pinch points and potential build ups. The BlipTrack data has proven to be very accurate and is used by our staff to monitor operations, and has enabled us to display accurate queue wait times to passengers and to provide an optimum passenger experience.”

John Seely
Technology Projects Manager at Dublin Airport Operations

“BlipTrack provides us with valuable real-time insights about passenger queue time dynamics, such as passenger appearances, capacity and production per lane. It helps our managers to secure low queue times at minimum cost, and also provides our Analysis Department with direct feedback on their forecasting performance.” Read more.

Esben Kolind
Head of Operational and Business Analysis at Copenhagen Airports

“By implementing BlipTrack at the airport, we are able to provide our passengers with a faster, more accurate information about wait time—and offer a better service.” Read more

Ward Decaluwé
Head of Passenger and Customer Services at Brussels Airport