Airport Grounds Safety Technology Since 9-11 - Return-On-Investment (ROI) By ***Tony M Jackson
Built-in loss prevention strategies and technology reviews that delivers ROI
"Proactive Technology Planning for the Unanticipated Growth Curve"
While airports cannot plan for every event that influences successful airport ground operations, implementing proactive incident prevention technologies is important when growth and flight delays are expected to increase the potential for ground incursions. Facilitating consistent awareness in safety guidelines, assures that core ground safety deliveries are achieved cost effectively, sustains ROI on technology objectives, and simply save lives.
Here are some immediate business benefits and cost savings to plan for growth while sustaining ground safety technologies at optimum levels:
Maximum protection for a comprehensive loss prevention program and meeting ROI objectives:
What the Technology Plan Should Accomplish
Protection of the airport's most valued assets (ground personnel, vendors, contractors, flight & maintenance crews, and support equipment);
Provide greater "security" through awareness of higher visibility safety solutions;
Significantly reduce injuries and/or deaths while employees perform on the job;
Protection of property assets from "damage" due to employee negligence;
Protection from liability damages, lawsuits, and carelessness of employees;
Reduction or elimination of insurance claims and worker's compensation claims;
Proactive and preventative measures to secure dangerous high incident environments on the grounds;
Potential reduction in insurance and business liability cost.
What’s In It For Airport Administrators?
Airport administrators continue to evaluate the Total Cost of Ownership for FAA technology deployments, and influence on safer ground operations. Arriving at the conclusion that the rate-of-return justifies the investment in complex technologies requires steadfast prevention planning in a proactive manner while comparatively deploying higher visibility low-tech alternatives.
If airport administrators are spending 90% of their time "going after an increase in funding to secure complex technologies," considering effective low-tech alternatives could validate the desired return-on-investment with equally beneficial results. The events of 9/11 and subsequent changes in safety/security tactics created a "severe thorn" in the side of many airport administrators as well as created devastating losses for airlines.
Planning to succeed in all areas of airport administration is worth the time, effort, and investment in loss prevention planning, implementation, and technologies to secure airport ground operations costs effectively--is an excellent start.
Ground Incursion Technology Reviews:
"Technology Applications for Ground Incursion Avoidance...trust, but verify"
Most airport administrators rely heavily on technology recommendations from the FAA. While uniformity in operational guidelines has its benefits and make it easier to identify FAA compliance practices of airports, this is the traditional "top-down" approach to administration. The FAA consistently evaluates and test complex technology systems for ground incursion avoidance. Do you remember the famous statement by our great renowned late President Ronald Reagan, when he said, "Trust, but verify," relating to the Cold War, and more specifically, Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev and Soviet intentions.
Airport ground incursions are occurring at alarming rates annually, no single technology could possibly prevent all potential ground occurrences. Deploying low cost safety alternatives will assist airport management with modular (plug-the-gaps) approach to safe operations by evaluating each component of "incursion prevention technologies." So trust the FAA, but verify recommendations will in fact, provide the desired results.
Ultimately, as administrators, complex technology reviews are time consuming, requires advanced skills in engineering design and expertise, interpreting results, as well as contingency plans if the system ever fails, etc. Now, we all agree that something has to be done to address the many ground incursions that place lives and assets in harms way.
A Due Diligence Approach:
However, performing due diligence to ensure that such a system will perform as planned, should yield one important fact; complex systems will only perform as designed and in many instances, is limited in scope and application to fully prevent every ground incursion possibility.
Any technology plan that does not positively influence growth, profits, and operational stability, is a fertile attempt at long-term prosperity. Progressive planning goes hand-in-hand with loss prevention strategies and serves as a business agent for continuous ground safety improvements.
Proactive loss prevention planning should be the dominant force in any ground operations plan. Always striving to reduce costs without scarifying critical elements of operations that reduce stagnant safety measures, unfavorable returns on technology investments, and a reduction for the potential of ground incursions are essential priorities of administrators.
About the Author:
***Tony M. Jackson "AKA" Techlevel33 Capstone* is an expert on “loss prevention” strategies and tactical safety solutions located in West Palm Beach, Florida USA. He holds a BS Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology and MBA in Technology Management with over 20 years of hands-on advanced proactive and prevention safety technology experience as well as field deployment safety systems. Contact Tony directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.techlevel33.com for additional information related to Higher Visibility Safety Technologies and Advance Collision Avoidance Systems.
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