• Vinod Bijlani

Reimagining Airport Safety With Emerging Technologies

Updated: May 5, 2021

Technology is a double-edged sword. The same transportation technologies that improved travel efficiency and brought the world closer, have ironically facilitated the record-breaking spread of Covid-19 and, in a way, driven people apart. In this modern day, it is easy for a person to traverse multiple continents within 24 hours, mixing with thousands of passengers along the way, in airports, at stations and during journeys. In hindsight, it is evident that disease prevention and pandemic management technologies were not developed with a consideration of the potential impacts that enclosed, heavily populated and constrained transportation vehicles might facilitate the communication of disease. We are in fact, still figuring this out. Traditionally, health science advocates and policy makers have rarely had a voice in the mass transportation field. Hence, it is difficult to address this as quickly as we wish we could.

The call to take a holistic view of transportation systems the world over and better account for traveler health has never been so urgent. Airports are the key components of long-haul transportation systems and global connectivity an enclosed space with high contact rates and innumerable hand-touch surfaces, where strangers from the world over cross paths, and where the transmission of viruses, novel or not, is a serious potential. Airports and planes have far too many spots that can be classified ‘high-transmission’ by their sheer nature.

Owing to the pandemic, air travel while still risky is necessary, with international travel being key to help global businesses survive. Recognizing this need, the aviation industry worldwide has had to rise to the occasion to win back travelers’ trust with safeguards that can be considered the way of the future. In my view, AI, IoT and Robotics, woven together by Mobile Apps, will not only help reshape airports for better public health but also improve security, passenger experience and reduce the overall time from entry to boarding.

The detailed article is published with CDOTrends on 30th November 2020 -


Author: Bijlani Vinod Anand is a thought leader in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Internet-of-Things. He has contributed to the design and implementation of Smart City projects, and established intelligent public transportation and traffic ecosystems in India, Singapore, and the US. Vinod is a distinguished inventor with multiple patents in advanced technologies. He envisions a radically safer, healthier and more sustainable planet with the advent of Industry 4.0. For more details on Vinod’s professional background, please refer to - www.vinodbijlani.me

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