Last year was a significant year for the development of smart, digital airport solutions aimed at improving the passenger experience. “For Vanderlande this has meant widening our scope to include passenger security solutions and focusing on high-level controls, such as our VIBES software,” comments Andrew Manship, Executive Vice President Airports, Vanderlande. “The ‘pull’ baggage philosophy has also gathered momentum, and we recently delivered such a project to Heathrow (T3IB).”
Vanderlande recently supplied and installed 72 STACK@EASE units as part of London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 3 integrated baggage (T3IB) system.
STACK@EASE is a lifting aid that allows baggage handlers to minimise their physical workload, while loading high volumes of bags. “It helps ensure a more sustainable operation in terms of increasing throughput, minimising back and shoulder injuries, and offering an environmentally-friendly solution,” says Manship.
The company has also been awarded a baggage handling contract by Moscow Domodedevo International Airport, which will be handed over in time for the FIFA World Cup in 2018. The innovative technologies being installed include TUBTRAX 2.0, an individual carrier system; BAGSTORE, featuring over 1,000 baggage positions; an advance hold baggage screening system; and check-in positions, and carousels. “I am happy to report that the project is on track and that we have built a strong relationship with our customer,” Manship states.
2017 is set to be another exciting year for Vanderlande with projects all over the world, including Istanbul, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Moscow (Domodedevo), Singapore Changi, Bahrain and Bergen.
“Hassle-free operations are becoming imperative, and the demand for flexibility and modular extensions is increasing. We aim to further improve the competitive position of our customers, and incorporate industry-leading solutions and technology from our other markets,” Manship concludes.