Düsseldorf Airport upgrades airport with digital processes

Germany´s Düsseldorf Airport has announced it is preparing to enhance digital processes to help handle the airports 24m yearly passengers, the company said.

Intact, reliable traffic routes and the construction infrastructure form the foundation of these processes. The airport has partnered with Deutsch Telekom and its partner BS2 Sicherheitssysteme to develop a digital monitoring solution for bridges, tunnels, buildings and other infrastructure objects made of concrete.

The access road to the airport´s tank farm is a neuralgic point for smooth flight operations. A bridge provides the sole access route to the farm. More than 120 fuel tank trucks, carrying 30,000 liters of kerosene each, commute daily over this stretch of road between runway and container tanks. This enormous load causes material fatigue in the long term. In the future, sensors and the Internet of Things will identify impending damage, preventing bottlenecks in supplying kerosene to the aircraft. 50 sensors in the road surface and bridge copings measure temperature, humidity, and corrosion. This sensor data can help identify critical conditions or irreparable damage to the concrete structures. The renovation measures can be extensive. The data is exchanged over Deutsche Telekom´s machinery and sensor network (Narrowband-IoT) nearly in real time.

Other roads around the Düsseldorf Airport are also being equipped with sensors, step by step. The installed sensors have a lifetime of up to 70 years. They can be installed quickly and easily in new construction products or retrofitted in existing concrete structures.

Düsseldorf Airport is one of the pioneers in Germany that is using IoT technology for its road constructions at the airport.