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Ground Support Equipment – The New Frontier

Telematics Growth Opportunity in Ground Support Equipment
Author: David Bradley, Engineering Consultant

According to the latest edition of the World Airport Traffic Report from the Airports Council International (ACI), global passenger traffic and air cargo volume are on the increase.1 Although figures for 2015 have not been finalized, the ACI predicts that air traffic will continue to rise. The rising volume of airport traffic signals a potential opportunity for growth in telematics. Air operations are time-sensitive and costly. Vehicle tracking and fleet management of airport ground support equipment (GSE) such as cargo/baggage handling tugs, refuelers, tractors, and container loaders can provide the information and visibility required to streamline operations, control costs, and increase safety.

Benefits of using fleet management for ground support equipment:

  • Reduced set-up time for operations with real-time location visibility of equipment. Knowing where your assets are located means that searching for borrowed or loaned equipment will be a thing of the past. Alerts can be generated for assets leaving your work, or assets entering no-go and restricted areas.
  • Easier and more accurate tracking of mileage and hours. Geotab tracks mileage or hours, eliminating time-consuming and costly physical checking and monitoring.
  • Reduced fuel and maintenance costs through monitoring of engine idling time along with power take off use. Auxiliary inputs are available to use a vast number of other sensors and 3rd party devices.
  • Lower costs related to maintenance and down-time. Monitoring diagnostic trouble code information makes it possible to proactively attend to equipment issues early before they turn into costly repairs or asset down-time.
  • Improved airport safety by enforcing safety policies like seat belt use and start-up sequences, and by detecting aggressive driving on driveable assets.
  • Lower risk of unauthorized use by tracking off-hour usage. This information is also available on older equipment that do not have a diagnostic port. Both 12 volt and 24 volt assets can be equipped.
  • Greater warranty compliance with maintenance schedules and alerts.

For other industry-specific solutions, visit the Geotab Marketplace to view the existing portfolio of MyGeotab Add-ins, Hardware accessories and Add-Ons, Mobile Apps, General Software Solutions, and Custom Reports.

How can we take telematics to new heights? Contact Geotab and let us know your thoughts.

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  1. Airports Council International. (August 31, 2015). ACI Releases 2014 World Airport Traffic Report: Airports In Advanced Economies Rebound In 2014 – Global Passenger Traffic Up By Over 5%; Air Cargo Volumes Rise After Three Years Of Stagnation – Aug 31, 2015. Retrieved from http://www.aci.aero/News/Releases/Most-Recent/2015/08/31/ACI-releases-2014-World-Airport-Traffic-Report-Airports-in-advanced-economies-rebound-in-2014–global-passenger-traffic-up-by-over-5-air-cargo-volumes-rise-after-three-years-of-stagnation-


  • Posted August 22, 2017 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Hi David,
    Great article! This is vary interesting. I am working with a company that runs into the problem of never being able to find ground support equipment on an airport tarmac, resulting in huge productivity losses and flight delays. Would you ever be willing to chat for 10 minutes or so for me to learn more about the geotab offerings? Thanks!

    • Posted August 24, 2017 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      Dear Richard,
      Thank you for your comment. We would love to help. We will follow up with you directly.

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