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ACRP 10-17 [Final]

Implementing Integrated Self-Service at Airports

  Project Data
Funds: $450,000
Research Agency: Barich, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Justin Phy
Effective Date: 8/5/2013
Completion Date: 2/4/2015

ACRP Report 136: Implementing Integrated Self-Service at Airports provides guidelines for considering, evaluating, and making strategic decisions for implementing and optimizing a comprehensive passenger self-service experience for a variety of sizes of U.S. airports and their stakeholders.  These guidelines include an inventory of self-service applications and technologies with their respective benefits; establishment of a decision-making roadmap to implement self-service; identification of associated infrastructure and airport/airline/other stakeholder integration requirements of multiple self-service applications; guidance for developing business cases for various stakeholders; determination of operational requirements to include staffing and maintenance;  consideration of regulatory requirements and industry standards; identification of potential integrations of other non-passenger self-service applications to facilitate employee and tenant services; and demonstration of how various stakeholder technologies can combine into one cohesive system.
 
Bound into the report is CRP-CD-168, which provides tools to assist the user in developing an integrated passenger self-service program. The tools include the Business Case Development Guide, the Passenger Self-Service (PSS) Inventory, and the PSS Environment Map.
 
 
The commercial aviation industry has and will continue to rapidly adopt self-service models for passenger service functions, but this has been done largely in a case-by-case manner. Examples include remote check-in, baggage tagging and screening, off-site baggage check-in, mobile boarding passes, dynamic way-finding, self-boarding, parking payments, concession advance purchases, border clearance, and baggage tracking. With passenger traffic growing and funding sources shrinking, airports need a coordinated and strategic approach with their stakeholders to implement self-service processes to optimize overall efficiencies and satisfy individualized passenger preferences. 
 
Under ACRP Project 10-17, research was conducted by Barich, Inc., in association with Airport Process Design, Trevor Clark, Carolyn Binder, and Ricondo & Associates, with graphics provided by DaSar Productions.  Key contributions were provided through several airport site visits including Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Geneva, Montreal, and Tokyo airports; The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey airports; Orlando International; and Seattle-Tacoma International among others. Several airlines and industry associations also contributed to the research effort.    
   
This report and accompanying tools are also available on the TRB website at http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/172884.aspx
 For more information on how the research was conducted please refer to the Contractor's Final Report 
 

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