Project:

SmartHBA

Scheduled completion July 2019
Project Status:
Complete
In Progress
To Begin

As part of our efforts to continually improve efficiency and environmental protection at Hobart Airport, we are implementing an innovative ‘Smart Airport’ project that uses sensors to monitor a variety of airport assets.

The project utilises LoRaWAN wireless technology and is the first of its kind to be used in an airport environment. This allows us to cost-effectively monitor and connect a variety of different types of sensors across our property.

The trial involves the installation of sensors to remotely monitor airside security gates, electrical meters, water meters, waste bin fill levels and car trackers as well as providing a method of asset protection by monitoring any theft or damage.

The project is in partnership with local Hobart technology company Fortifyedge who have also been selected by the United States Air Force Accelerator Powered by TechStars.

The project involves the development of dashboards to provide real-time information to our operations and facilities teams and also has the potential to be rolled out across other aspects of the business in the future.

The system are currently being rolled out with the dashboards to be integrated into airport operations by July 2019.

Aircraft at Hobart Airport have previously performed power in/power out operations meaning they used their own power and thrust to enter and exit the parking bays. This project sees a move to power in/push back operations in which aircraft use their own power to park in the bays and are pushed backwards out of the gate by a specialised ground vehicle.

The increase in bays will allow the airport to better accommodate off schedule arrivals and departures, and decrease the likelihood of flight delays due to an unserviceable aircraft occupying a parking bay.

The additional bays will also provide provisions for the appropriate infrastructure to park and service international aircraft, bringing Hobart Airport a step closer to offering international opportunities by the end of 2020.  

“We’re building better facilities and a better airport to serve our community”
Sarah Renner
Hobart Airport CEO