ARC (Airport Research Center GmbH) is a leading global provider of professional airport planning and decision support services. With the CAST Airport Software and SOLUTIONS powered by CAST, ARC offers worldwide leading digital solutions which help to optimize investments and reduce operational costs. As a digital twin, CAST provides a unique simulation, allocation, prediction and optimization environment covering terminal, airside, landside, ground handling and all corresponding resources and processes. Based on AI, machine learning and other advanced technologies, SOLUTIONS powered by CAST allow to optimize passenger flows, resources and processes, leading to higher passenger satisfaction and reduced costs.
CAST provides a unique simulation, allocation, prediction and optimization environment covering terminal, airside, ground handling and all corresponding resources and processes. Simulation based analysis allows to develop and test concepts with a digital twin of the airport and thus reduces the risks of a trial-and-error approach for passengers and staff in the real airport environment.
SOLUTIONS powered by CAST allow to control and optimize terminal resources and processes, considering specific customer requirements and the individual situation at an airport. The services include the requirement analysis, technical integration as well as basic data evaluation and system calibration. Based on AI, machine learning and other advanced technologies, SOLUTIONS powered by CAST allow to optimize passenger flows, resources and processes, leading to higher passenger satisfaction and reduced costs.
In the following, you see a selection of ARC's product portfolio:
CAST Terminal is the leading multi-agent simulation system, which offers highly flexible and realistic passenger flow modelling and analysis.
On the one hand CAST Terminal is used to determine facility requirements and validate new terminal layout designs in order to achieve the highest planning reliability at the earliest stage. On the other hand CAST Terminal offers great potential to optimize the existing facilities and processes under different operational scenarios.
CAST Stand & Gate Allocation is the most powerful support tool for quick and cost-efficient resource allocation. The software supports airports, airlines and consulting companies in long-term, medium-term and (pre-) operational stand & gate planning and allocation tasks.
Applying CAST Stand & Gate Allocation leads to an optimized capacity, allows handling of higher traffic volumes and increases the quality of the allocation regarding passenger comfort, airline preferences and operational goals.
SOLUTIONS powered by CAST are customized software services to predict passenger demand and optimized resource supply.
„We were able to reduce the annual working hours at security checkpoints by 7% while the number of passengers increased by 4%. The higher efficiency results in significant savings of operating expenses while the reduced waiting times improved the passenger experience simultaneously. “
Cologne Bonn Airport, Germany
ARC’s PAX FLOW SOLUTION provides fast-time predictive analysis of airport terminal processes. Integrated to the airport’s operation systems, this solution supports the best possible view on the next hours of operations. Thus, airport operators can use and staff resources more efficiently than before.
To optimize passenger flows and process planning on the day of operation, the solution accesses the airport’s IT data like AODB, resource management systems and live process monitoring systems. The PAX FLOW SOLUTION automatically and regularly simulates the next hours of operation based on the latest system data available. This gives the airport operator the most precise real-time prediction on the passenger flows in the terminal and allows an optimized resource supply including the expected waiting times.
Dashboard views on the results compared to live-data give a predictive insight and common understanding of the expected terminal operation to all relevant stakeholders. Thus, it becomes easy to identify the most suitable solution to overcome the challenges of changing conditions.
Based on the knowledge of current technologies and experience in latest projects, ARC’s range of services has been extended to new air mobility systems. This covers drone market analysis and demand forecasting, drone port planning and network analysis, as well as detailed process planning, simulation services and expert consulting in operations and technical studies.
Based on the worldwide leading aviation software solution CAST, ARC provides a full scope of digital tools to the drone industry to support quick and efficient concept development, analysis, decision-making and stakeholder communication:
• 3D simulation and visualization of drone traffic scenarios
• Network planning and analysis
• Droneport operations and process simulation
• For local, regional and supraregional drone traffic networks
• Allocation and capacity planning and management
• Feasibility test and demonstration of drone operations
• Determination of technical KPI and business KPI
ICAO, ACI, IATA, EASA and other institutions have issued guidelines and recommendations to support a safe and smooth recovery from the Covid-19 lockdown. Some of which will lead to significant changes in passenger processes.
EUROCONTROL has commissioned the ARC (Airport Research Center) to undertake a simulation study to assess the impact of these measures on passenger flow and airport capacity. This will help the European network to better prepare for COVID-19 traffic recovery.
Using CAST simulation technology, the study includes different scenarios and considers the influence of different traffic segments and their characteristics. The project involves major European airports like ARN, CDG, LHR and STR as well as ACI EUROPE in the provision of airport perspective and scenario definition. Results will be disseminated through EUROCONTROL. More on arc.de and eurocontrol.int.