Beijing Daxing International Airport has been inaugurated recently and has eventually become one of the busiest airports in the world. The new airport - located about 65km south of Beijing Capital International Airport was visited by the initial batch of travellers who used the new airport on Wednesday were the first to experience how the latest technologies adopted by this airport stands out amongst the rest and set it apart from other second long-haul international airports in Tokyo, London, Paris and New York.
The airport is designed by legendary Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. The facilities amongst many include the Ultra-fast 5G mobile services, advanced facial recognition and smart robotics are some of the hi-tech features built in the airport. The advanced technologies adopted by Beijing Daxing International Airport looks quite promising as we go with the hype, but time will tell if the new facility would join Singapore's Changi and Qatar's Hamad in the rankings of the world's top airports.
There are specifically three of the hi-tech features now deployed at Beijing's new airport with 5G facilities, seamless identity verification and smart robotics.
According to a report by the official Xinhua News Agency, Facial recognition technology automatically matches a person to a national database, supports identity verification at the airport. This process will help speed up verification for travellers at the security gates. It is said to process about 260 people per hour. The airport has about more than 400 self-service check-in machines to shorten the time by about 10 minutes.
Passengers can have their faces scanned to check-in their luggage, clear security and board the aircraft, which dispenses with showing an ID, holding tickets or scanning QR codes. Travellers must first apply for reusable RFID (radio frequency identification) tags to be attached to their baggage, in order to use paperless luggage-tracking service. Before physically dropping off the luggage, travellers have to log their flight number and destination on their airline's app and track the same through the application.
The facial recognition technology set-up at the airport's security gates, check-in stations and paperless luggage-tracking service are all supported by Huawei Technologies, China Eastern Airlines and China Unicom who have joined forces to introduce a 5G-based smart travel system for all of the mentioned features above.
telecommunications equipment supplier Huawei in a statement released on Monday. Said "makes the airport a new model for utilising a 5G Gigabit network in the civil aviation industry".
China regards next-generation 5G mobile networks - which offer faster data rates, reduced latency, energy savings, cost reductions, higher system capacity and massive device connectivity - as a chance to get out in front of the telecoms industry for the first time.
Smart robotics Facility
According to a Xinhua report, the robots in the airport has made the life of travellers a bit relaxed as one such robot is now being tested to help drivers park and pick up their cars at the terminal's vast car park. The robots have helped cut down inspection times at these facilities to within 30 seconds from up to two minutes previously.
According to a report by The Beijing News, The robots have also been deployed at the airport's transformer rooms. These rooms typically house electric switchboards, fire alarm control panels, circuit breakers and disconnects, and electricity metres.