Swissport International to deploy Honeywell connected service to improve ground operations at airports

Swissport International has announced it has signed a five-year agreement with Honeywell (NYSE: HON) to deploy the GoDirect Ground service across its global operation, the company said.

The Honeywell solution, created in partnership with global telematics company Pinnacle, enables users to connect ramp support services used for airport-based ground transportation vehicles giving ground handlers and airlines real-time insight into vehicle use and maintenance requirements.

Honeywell´s GoDirect Ground solution will enable Swissport to connect the ramps it uses at airports, which will unlock efficiencies and provide real-time insight into the activity of ground-based equipment used at airports. This includes vehicles undertaking aircraft loading and unloading, baggage sorting and passenger or crew transportation. Following a successful proof of concept demonstration at five of its ground handling stations earlier this year, Swissport evaluated the benefits of the GoDirect Ground solution and recognized an estimated 13 percent reduction in repair and maintenance costs, a better understanding of driver behaviors and identification of the most commonly driven pathways at airports.

Using a combination of connectivity and telematics, the connected ramp allows ground-based vehicles at airports to transmit data that can be fed into Honeywell´s GoDirect Ground software. This gives ground handlers the ability to collate the resulting data, which is then measured through an operator-friendly interface.

Honeywell Aerospace builds aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity systems and mechanical components. Its hardware and software solutions create more fuel-efficient aircraft, more direct and on-time flights.