Singapore Changi airport rolls out smartwatch solution for ground staff


Singapore Changi airport is now rolling out a new smartwatch solution by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) that helps its ground staff increase operational efficiency and ensuring planes take off on time at one of Asia’s busiest airports.

The Technical Ramp Smart Watch solution was designed to increase operational efficiency by streamlining on-ground processes and enhancing communication, productivity, and safety. It assists SATS Ltd by providing tech ramp workers with real-time job and task notifications on-the-go, and ensuring staff are kept updated remotely, while reducing reliance on older technology like walkie-talkies.

“In an industry that is becoming ever more competitive, constant innovation and productivity gains are essential,” said Alex Hungate, SATS President and Chief Executive Officer.

“In deploying smart watches and leveraging the Internet of Things, we not only drive greater efficiency but also reimagine the role of the Tech Ramp Technician.”

Prior to the implementation of the solution, SATS Tech Ramp Agents would need to physically visit the control center to check rosters and receive updates regarding ad-hoc changes. Communication around operational changes was also conducted manually, either by reprinting updates or via walkie-talkies which, given the noise pollution at airports, can be difficult.

“Digitisation and mobility are creating exciting new opportunities and solutions that are transforming user experience, streamlining operations, and creating new efficiencies in airport services,” said Girish Ramachandran, President, TCS Asia Pacific.

He said that the mobile solution has brought immediate results to the operations, helping SATS to modernise its Tech Ramp Department tracks tasks and monitors activities, ensuring flights arrive and depart on time.

The smartwatch solution was a product of the collaboration between TCS and SATS to reimagine manual processes for Tech Ramp Agents by leveraging on the latest technology available. TCS also worked with SATS to build a next-gen IT solution for the revamped state-of-the-art Tech Ramp Control Centre.

With real-time GPS to monitor movement of Tech Ramp Agents from a central location via their smart watches, the latest information, such as updated schedules and instructions are now pushed easily and instantaneously out across all devices from the Tech Ramp Control Centre, without having to rely on a walkie-talkie relay or on reprinted updates.

Apart from increasing the productivity of Tech Ramp Agents, the smartwatch-enabled solution is an opportunity for SATS to closely track and monitor performance across the board. By capturing the start and completion time of each task, SATS can analyse the data to glean key performance insights to inform the meticulous planning needed to ensure flights land and get airborne safely and on time.

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