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Congonhas Airport Modernizes Security and Operations

The facility is using RFID and RTLS technologies to control ramp access and improve asset and staff monitoring, at lower costs.
By Edson Perin

The database is local, within Infraero's infrastructure, at the airport itself. Thus, the RFID system allows the automatic capture of information simultaneously through radio frequency sensors, which does not require direct contact with scanned items. Infraero selected GTP-EazyComm, in partnership with Zebra, to design the real-time location system that includes Wi-Fi, Zebra GPS tags, location antennas, and WHERENET products and software. This combination of RFID tracking, using GPS and WHERENET tags, is Zebra's solution for airports around the world.

According to Lucinio Baptista da Silva, Infraero's engineer, "Previously, access to restricted areas was done only manually, through physical verification, and now this new technology joins the other existing systems for automated control over access to the ramp." The technology employed will provide real-time information regarding location, speed, conditions and movements, helping to control people's access to restricted areas.

Zebra's WHERENET RTLS is capable of being read from more than a kilometer away, allowing Congonhas Airport and other companies to track assets and personnel within a large facility. With this visibility in business operations, the airport can make smarter business decisions.

According to Vanderlei Ferreira, Zebra's general manager for Brazil, the firm offers real-time visibility and localization solutions that optimize workflow efficiency for its customers worldwide. "Collaboration with Infraero and GTP-EazyComm," he states, "has allowed Congonhas Airport to have a valuable RTLS solution to enable airport personnel to detect and analyze ramp operations, resulting in increased efficiency and a safer environment."

"After identifying the main points of pain at Congonhas Airport," says Luis Araujo, GTP-EazyComm's general director, "which was the identification of personnel and safety on the ramp, we knew that the best option was to associate with Zebra, due to its strong global reputation and high-end RFID solutions." The next steps involve developing analytical solutions using stored data to generate better fleet management and improve airport security.

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