Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New Location Tracking optimizes resource scheduling

May 23, 2017

- "GSE 4.0" creates complete transparency for Ground Support

With "GSE 4.0", Lufthansa Technik AG has developed a system that
allows Ground Support Equipment - i.e. all resources with a towbar or
an ignition switch - to be found immediately using new localization
software. This makes the time-consuming search for available GSE such
as ladders, trailers, loaders, tugs, towbars, start-up devices, and
air conditioning units a thing of the past.

Lufthansa Technik began the implementation of the pilot project in
April. Hardware and software has now been installed, the antennas
positioned on hangar roofs, and around 1,500 GSE items have been
connected. The system has already gone online in Hamburg and
Frankfurt. It will soon be put into operation in Munich and for other
users within the Lufthansa Group, for example Lufthansa Cargo.

"With the help of 'GSE 4.0', location tracking is now possible at any
time and in any place, so that we can locate all networked GSE both
outside and in the hangars," says project leader Gerrit Rexhausen.
Quick and precise locating of equipment improves the availability of
all GSE and allows for completely transparent planning. Beyond this,
each item of GSE can display relevant information such as the fuel
level, outside temperature, or faults.

"GSE 4.0" is possible using special hardware and software. Whilst
localization with trackers and gateway uses established hardware, the
visualization software was especially developed for the project. All
trackers are equipped with on-board sensors. The sensors can be
configured flexibly, depending on needs and the specific GSE, and
extended using existing external sensors such as fuel level
indicators on vehicles.

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