Easytrip to supply automated taxi dispatch system at Dublin Airport

18 Jan 2011

The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has granted Easytrip a contract to supply, test and implement a taxi management system at Dublin Airport.

The Easytrip solution will be used by the DAA to maintain visibility on taxi usage and will ensure compliance of authorised users while streamlining the flow process through the Dublin Airport concourse.

The system will be in place for the taxi holdings and taxi ranks for Terminals 1 and 2. It combines DSRC technologies, incorporating 5.8ghz in-vehicle Kapsch Transponders with an array of transceivers at strategic locations across the airport.

Real-time data collection is integrated with a suite of management and operational applications, giving the DAA more effective capabilities to manage taxi operations.

Ground operators now have a custom-built Windows Mobile app with real-time information and the automated flow, capacity and dispatch management has replaced what was a previously manual process.

New tag for taxi drivers

Taxi drivers authorised to work at Dublin Airport will get a newly designed tag, which registers their presence when they enter the holding area.

The Taxi Management System will call the required number of taxis needed for each terminal by displaying the plate numbers on the Virtual Messaging System in the holding area.

Taxi journeys are tracked through the airport campus, letting the software manage replenishment scenarios. The VMS also communicates additional information for drivers on the approach road.

The system uses a modified version of Easytrip’s BBPark software suite. It was extended to provide additional lane control features and demand management on top of existing access control, parking transaction management and payment services.

“We are extremely proud to have secured this contract with the DAA,” said Ken Tormey, chief technology officer of Easytrip Services Ireland.

“It is particularly rewarding as the fully end-to-end system was developed in-house at Easytrip offices in Dublin and represents another successful roll out in our technical road map. 

“The extensible nature of our system means we can adapt our services to varying business and technical requirements and solve what can be complex vehicle management issues for customers,” said Tormey.

The system commenced operation in early November 2010 to coincide with the opening of Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport.