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Business Buzz ¦ In a consortium with ESG Elek-tronikstem- und Logistik-GmbH, proveo has recently finalized the world’s largest telematics project at an airport ever. A total of 613 motorized GSE have been equipped with the proveo Infoman hardware...


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¦ In a consortium with ESG Elek-tronikstem- und Logistik-GmbH, proveo has recently finalized the world’s largest telematics project at an airport ever. A total of 613 motorized GSE have been equipped with the proveo Infoman hardware at Flughafen München GmbH (FMG, the Munich airport company). The Airport Visualiser application is up and running 24/7.

¦ A recent field attenuation study conducted by the Howard Leight Acoustical Laboratory on the performance of hearing protection devices showed that individual, one-on-one training was the most significant factor in predicting good earplug performance. The study, which was conducted on more than 100 workers at eight different facilities, showed that one-third of workers achieve attenuation higher than published Noise Reduction Ratings (NRR) for their earplugs, and that another third achieve attenuation within 5 dB of those ratings. Only the remaining third had attenuation that was more than 5 dB below published NRRs.

¦ AERO Specialties has sold a package of ground support equipment to Harbour Air Services following the purchase of the FBO by an investor group including and managed by Hill Aircraft. Hill Aircraft, based at Fulton County Airport Atlanta (KFTY) since 1955, purchased an Eagle TT-12 at last year’s NBAA where they were the host for the show. Harbour Air Services has purchased an Eagle TT-8D all-wheel-drive diesel aircraft tug and a complete set of AERO Specialties multi-head tow bars and heads.

¦ Southwest Airlines announced its intent to begin service from
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) in March 2009. The carrier has not released specific service details, saying only that it will begin a modest operation at MSP with flights to Chicago Midway only. The company plans to release more details of its future service to Minneapolis-St. Paul in the coming months.

¦ Swissport International announced that it is revising its collaborations with local partners in India and the Philippines for strategic and operating reasons. Swissport is disposing of its activities in the Philippines and is parting company with its present cooperation partner in India to evaluate new collaborations. The changes will have no impact on the Swissport Group’s financial performance.

¦ Member airlines of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) have reported passenger growth of
3.7 percent for the period January — June 2008, the lowest increase since 2001 when passenger growth for the year reached only 3.4 percent. The first half 2008 figure compares with 7.7 percent passenger growth for the same period in 2007. Revenue passenger kilometers growth also dropped from 9.7 percent for the first half of 2007 to 6.0 percent over the same period in 2008. However, with a slightly slower growth in capacity of 5.6 percent, compared to 7.5 percent in 2007, ERA airlines still reported a slight rise in average scheduled passenger load factor; 63.8 percent was reported for the first six months of 2008 compared to 63.3 percent for the same period in 2007.

¦ The operator of the world’s eighth largest airport and Germany’s largest employer, Fraport AG, has implemented Novell(R) identity and security management solutions to achieve a single point of control for thousands of identities and secure IT resources at Frankfurt Airport. Using Novell, Fraport now has a single, integrated solution for authentication, authorization, identity consolidation and rapid, role-based provisioning for 10,000 employees and partners.

Partnerships/Acquisitions/Contracts

¦ Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. Inc. and AeroVironment Inc. have established an alliance to market AV’s PosiCharge fast charge systems. PosiCharge systems are now available through 68 authorized Toyota Industrial Equipment dealers with 190 locations throughout the United States.

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