Arrow Electronics and IBM Aim to Reinvent Airport Operations with New IoT Solution

The Smart Airport Asset Management Solution, co-created with IBM,
enables airport operators to improve the performance of escalators,
moving walkways, baggage handling systems and potable water cabinets

CENTENNIAL, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Arrow Electronics (NYSE:ARW) today announced that it has launched the
Smart Airport Asset Management Solution, an innovative IoT solution
co-created with IBM (NYSE: IBM).

Based on an Arrow-designed and sourced set of IoT sensors and gateways,
the IBM Watson® IoT Platform, and IBM Maximo® Enterprise Asset
Management software, the solution will provide airport operators with
improved operational insights that optimize equipment maintenance to
avoid downtime and improve the traveler experience.

Over seven billion passengers fly every year, so creating smart
airports is smart business,” said Aiden Mitchell, vice president of IoT
for Arrow. “This solution we have developed with our suppliers will help
improve the customer experience and demonstrates the model that IBM and
Arrow are implementing across the relationships at the heart of IoT.”

The Smart Airport Asset Management Solution collects data such as
temperature, vibration and motor fluid levels from sensors on motors and
other moving parts in escalators, moving walkways and baggage handling
systems. Additionally, sensors on potable water cabinets measure
temperature, open/closed door, water flow and leakage to determine if
the cabinet is functional. The solution resolves frequent operational
challenges that most negatively impact travelers according to an Airport
Service Quality report
from the Airport Council International.

Data is collected from the sensors connected to wireless gateways, and
then consolidated and analyzed on the IBM Watson IoT Platform. The industry-leading IBM
Maximo® portfolio creates a more efficient asset management process
using the collected data to drive workflows, resource allocation, and
provides analytics to assess the health of assets to guide scheduled and
unscheduled maintenance.

Harnessing data and analytics, this end-to-end IoT solution enables
airports to improve the performance of key assets that directly impact
customer experience,” said Adriana Robinson, vice president, IBM Watson
IoT. “This will allow maintenance teams to predict airport facility
equipment failure and create proactive maintenance workflows.”

The solution is available through Arrow, its business partners, and IBM.

Arrow is the Platinum sponsor at IBM IoT Exchange, April 24-26 in

About Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics (NYSE:ARW) guides innovation forward for over 200,000
leading technology manufacturers and service providers. With 2018 sales
of $30 billion, Arrow develops technology solutions that improve
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