Environmental impact and fuel consumption are two of the greatest challenges facing the aviation industry today. The key is not only to be efficient in the air, but also on the ground. Swedavia’s Vehicles department, which has responsibility for more than 900 vehicles at Swedavia’s ten airports, therefore decided to connect its vehicles and machines to the TelliQ system.
“The investment started out as a way for us to monitor fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, but once the vehicles were connected we found a lot more potential in the system,”
Stefan Andersson, Hire Manager at Swedavia Vehicles.
The digital system collects data on the fleet’s usage and patterns of movement, and Swedavia uses that information to conduct regular analyses. Based on the results, it is possible to streamline the vehicle fleet and produce a clear foundation of information for the purchasing and accounting departments. This includes which vehicles could be replaced with electric vehicles, and whether any are not being used optimally.
“It’s a tool for assessing how the vehicles are being used, or if they’re even needed,” Stefan continues.
Swedavia is responsible for a wide range of different vehicles including buses, cars, tractors, ploughs, sweepers, blowers, fire trucks and all kinds of other special vehicles.
Vehicles at airports are used quite differently than in other sectors. The maximum speed at an airport is 30 kph, and the distances are generally very short with a lot of time spent standing still. Consequently, airport vehicles have different service intervals.
The entire airport area has to be maintained, with particular focus on the runways. It takes about three minutes to sweep or clear the snow off a runway at Stockholm’s main airport, Arlanda, which is done with nine ploughs, sweepers and blowers on the runway at any one time. During the winter months there are 17 vehicles on round-the-clock standby at Arlanda.
“When it comes to heavier vehicles, we measure parameters such as idling time and fuel consumption. Using the data, we are able to constantly monitor methods and actions, all with the aim of streamlining and minimising unnecessary costs.”
At the Arlanda air traffic control tower is Pehr Andersson. He and his team are responsible for passengers with special needs, who require some kind of escort assistance. This is an important service in making sure that everyone can travel on equal terms, regardless of ability.
“I’ve been here for nearly 12 years, but I’m still very much a rookie,” says Per with a smile.
In the control tower, people sit at large monitors, supervising the vehicles and personnel moving around the airport. Here too the TelliQ system comes into its own, with a map clearly showing each vehicle’s position in real time. This information can be used to manage the process efficiently and make sure everything is running properly.
“We can easily make sure a vehicle is on its way, which isn’t always easy to do by phone with all the noise from the runway. It brings some calm to an otherwise stressful work day.”
Swedavia is equipping itself for the future, and has the goal of creating the main hubs in Scandinavia. Even today more than 40 million passengers travel via one of the company’s airports. At the same time, the company also wants to minimise its environmental impact as far as possible. Arlanda is aiming to be completely fossil free by 2020, which Stefan claims that Swedavia’s vehicles will be able to do – almost 50% of them run on renewable electricity, and the rest are fuelled by biogas or renewable diesel.
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