Trasporti – ICAR/05
Italy is known in the world as the richest touristic territory having most of historical sites. At the same time commercial activities and brands represent a real asset and an opportunity to better exploit within the European community and beyond. An essential factor to enhance the access to these resources is represented by the logistics system of transportation, to which increasing efficiency and sustainability are being demanded. In the chain of the logistics nodes in a domestic transportation system, today the airport is a key entity, as it provides much faster links and exchanges than the other modes, and, given the liberalization of the air transport market, even at much lower costs than in the past years. These aspects, with the pervasive effects of markets globalization, have produced an increase in demand, resulting in a growth of air traffic. Despite the current effects of the global economic crisis, reliable forecasts see a doubling of traffic by 2020.In this context, the chronic suffering of the airport sites in terms of efficiency, safety and sustainability shows increasingly critical levels, creating inefficiencies for passengers as well as goods. Airport sites represent a real bottleneck of the whole chain of the air transport system and the global improvement in the efficiency of the air segment is more and more dependent on the performance level offered by the airport sites themselves. The project aims at investigating and proposing innovative solutions on the aspects identified as limiting the efficient management of the Airport, and, more in general, limiting the efficiency of the overall transportation system. On the one hand, in fact, the project will study and propose innovative technological solutions to improve the functionality, efficiency, safety and sustainability of the individual airport services, and on the other it will design and implement a technological modular scalable and configurable layer capable of: activating a flow of information among the various departments / heterogeneous subsystems operating in the airport; defining, instantiating, monitoring and orchestrating- in an automatic and semi-automatic manner (ie human-in-loop)- airport processes fed by information produced by the subsystems in order to optimize the operation and functionality of the airport; creating capabilities of semantic data fusion able to generate enriched data based on the elementary information gathered; creating predictive capabilities for the dynamic definition of the current and prospective scenarios. The platform will operate as an airport orchestrator analyzing the information provided by the various subsystems of the stakeholders, and depending on the outcome of this phase it will implement appropriate actions towards the stakeholders involved in the process, to increase their awareness and enable an extended collaborative decision making process.