The main wireless applications at airports—passenger connectivity and airport staff communications—are imposing increasing demands on wireless capacity. Demand for passenger mobile connectivity is skyrocketing as high-speed-capable devices proliferate, and passengers require enhanced connectivity either for work or entertainment during dwell times, including location-based services for a custom travel experience.
The TRB Airport Cooperative Research Program's ACRP Research Report 242: Transformations in Wireless Connectivity: Guide to Prepare Airports is intended as a resource for airports as they navigate through the existing taxonomy of wireless technologies and their use cases.
ACRP WebResource 15: Assessment Tool for Transformation in Wireless Connectivity is an assessment tool that supports the methodology outlined in the report. It provides a dynamic interface to input the current status of the wireless technology implementation at an airport and to input the intended goals regarding the development of the airport’s wireless infrastructure/use cases and generates a report that comprehensively compares the indicated current and target statuses.
Supplemental to the report is a PowerPoint presentation that can be used by airport decisionmakers on proposed solutions.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Transformations in Wireless Connectivity: Guide to Prepare Airports. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/27064.
|Chapter 1 - Taxonomy of Wireless Technologies and Their Uses in Airports||7-79|
|Chapter 2 - Decision-Making Tool and Methods||80-108|
|Chapter 3 - Planning and Implementation Guidelines||109-162|
|Appendix A - Wireless Use Case Requirements and Enabling Technologies||168-169|
|Appendix B - Comparative Tables of Wireless Technologies||170-174|
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