Dubai – MENA Herald: UAE airport passengers and staff will quickly gain real-time flight information, thanks to a partnership between the UAE’s leading aviation tech players announced today at GITEX Technology Week.

With the global aviation analytics market set to double from USD 2 billion in 2016 to USD 4 billion by 2021, according to Markets and Markets, real-time analytics is helping airport operators and airlines better manage aircraft turnaround, crowd control, and back-end operations.

These solutions hold high potential for airports and airlines, argues Dubai Technology Partners (DTP), a systems integrator part of Al Mansoori Group, and its co-innovation partner the global technology company SAP. Dubai International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport, and Abu Dhabi International Airport are set to triple their total capacity to about 350 million passengers by 2023.

On the Smart Dubai stand, DTP and SAP are demoing a solution called LiveAir, which utilizes Amazon’s virtual personal assistant Alexa. Passengers and airport staff can ask questions and receive answers about airport information and flight boarding times and delays. Additionally they can use a touch table for wayfinding and flight information.

“Real-time technology helps airport operators monitor and forecast flights and passengers, freeing up staff for mission-critical activities to enhance the passenger experience. DTP uses innovative technology in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Maktoum Airports, and Emirates Airlines to help more people in the UAE travel efficiently and enjoyably,” said Abdul Razzak Mikati, Managing Director, DTP.

DTP’s Flight Performance Monitor and Forecasting solutions are running on the in-memory SAP HANA platform, including passenger and flight visualization, forecasting, and decision making. Worldwide, SAP solutions have saved aviation companies 64 percent in unplanned downtime and increased operating margins by 76 percent.

“Artificial intelligence and aviation business applications are making major advancements in the Internet of Things era. SAP is continuing our co-innovation partnership with Smart Dubai and key aviation players to fuel aviation innovation in line with UAE Vision 2021, supporting sustainable infrastructure development and economic growth,” said Tayfun Topkoc, Managing Director, SAP UAE.