Issue 4 2021 - Freight Business Journal

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booked cargo drop-off slot. Fraport is determined to make

the most of the opportunities that digitalisation offers, whether for air freight operations or other aspects of the industry. Claus Grunow, who is in

On 12 April, Frankfurt Airport operator Fraport went live with new visitor automatic licence plate recognition technology installed at its CargoCity South’s gates 31 and 32. The system was developed

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in collaboration with Arivo, the Graz, Austria-based specialist in parking management solutions. Arivo cameras read the licence plates of trucks and other vehicles approaching the gate barriers in a designated lane and soſtware then checks them against pre-booked data – derived from drivers (or their colleagues) registering their impending visit and their vehicle’s number plate online (as well as their name and time and date of arrival). If the recorded data matches

the licence plate read by the system, the barrier automatically opens. This saves drivers having to leave their vehicle and sign in personally at the gate. CargoCity South – CargoCity

Süd in German – is one of the busiest parts of Germany’s biggest air freight gateway. Max Conrady, who is in

charge of freight development for Fraport, explained to FBJ that the system was introduced with “hardly a hiccup’, and that take-up has been high. Although there is no obligation to pre- register licence plate details, large numbers of those moving cargo through gates 31 and 32 are choosing to do so, he says. There has been no misreading of number plates since the initial operational trial, what might be described as its soſt launch, in April.

While the technology enables

faster registration and certainly offers drivers the convenience of not having to leave their vehicles to sign in, it also offers other advantages: it reduces registration processing costs for the airport operator and also furthers Fraport’s wider efforts to digitise processes as far as it is

charge of corporate strategy and digitalisation at Fraport, is convinced that those businesses that invest in innovation and “customer centricity” will come out the other side of the current global pandemic much stronger. Having digital capabilities will enable such businesses to be more

adaptable than their

competitors, he considers. ‘Digitalisation’ is about much

able for both its own operations and those of its customers as they interface with Fraport (of which more below). Already deemed a success at

the two CargoCity gates, Fraport is already considering how the technology may be introduced at other restricted sites at Frankfurt or, indeed at any of the other 30 airports around the world that Fraport either directly owns or in which it has a share.


The speed of the roll out of the system at Frankfurt was impressive. It was only at the start of the year that Fraport chose to collaborate with Arivo – just one of a dozen or so potential partners who were considered. It was at this point that the

project was brought under the wing of Fraport’s in-house ‘Digital Factory’, a project team that brings together digitalisation and other specialists with the

aim of taking the company’s “digital maturity to the next level”.

While Arivo already

had available and in operation the cameras and artificial intelligence (AI) soſtware that is now in use at the CargoCity South gates, the system still had to be adapted for Fraport’s needs, so to bring it into use at gates 31 and 32 in little more than three months was quick work. The intention is that the

licence plate recognition system will also be linked to the cargo slot management

system in

use at Frankfurt. Two freight handlers are already using this system, while two more are expected to begin using the digital cargo slot management system soon. If the two systems can interface, then information from both systems will be accessible to those who need it: for example, freight handlers would know when an incoming truck has passed a gate equipped with the Arivo system and is ready to take up its pre-

more than technology, it is more about ‘mindset’, Grunow believes. And that is very much the thinking behind the Digital Factory, which he describes as an “internal solution partner” that supports Fraport’s business units in their digital transformation. There were four main

motivations for establishing this unit, he recalls. First, it will enable structural cost reductions, an especially important consideration in a Covid-19-affected aviation industry. Second, it will seek to develop

a wide range of new customer benefits by means of looking at various aspects of Fraport’s business through their eyes, and assessing how digitalisation can be used to improve their experience. Third, the Digital Factory is

expected to look at new ways of collaborating with existing and new partners in order to develop innovative digital solutions and, finally, the Digital Factory and Fraport’s strategy of digitalisation will look at developing new revenue streams by creating new business models. “As an airport operator, we

used to think about physical infrastructure and how we provide it,” Conrady adds. “But now we need to look at digital infrastructure as well.” The Digital Factory has many

other projects under its wing, for example to accurately forecast passenger numbers,

to make

better use of car parking areas and even how to use promotions to maximise retail revenue at the airport.

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